Tom Hardy's 'Legend' Pushed to Thanksgiving

Tom Hardy's Legend Still - H 2015
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The British crime-thriller is already breaking records at the U.K. box office.

Moviegoers in North America will have to wait a bit longer to see Tom Hardy's double-effort in Legend as London's notorious Kray twins.

Universal announced Monday it is pushing the crime-thriller back from Oct. 2 to Nov. 20, when it will open in New York and Los Angeles before expanding nationwide on Wednesday, Nov. 25, the beginning of the lucrative Thanksgiving holiday.

Insiders say early October is highly competitive for males, and that Legend now avoids going up against such films as Ridley Scott's The Martian (Oct. 2). The violent period drama was written and directed by Brian Helgeland, whose won the writing Oscar for L.A. Confidential.

Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Duffy, Christopher Eccleston and Chazz Palminteri also star. Cross Creek Pictures co-financed the film.

Legend, which made its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last week, is already breaking records at the U.K. box office, where the film opened to $8 million last weekend for Working Title and StudioCanal. That's the biggest-ever opening for an 18-certificate U.K. production, and the biggest opening ever for a September release. It's also StudioCanal's biggest U.K. opening of all time.