Fox has moved the release date of Fantastic Mr. Fox from November 6 to November 13, 2009, according to Box Office Mojo.
According to Cinematical, the move might be to give the film some financial room:
According to Box Office Mojo, the studio has moved The Tooth Fairy back from November 13th to next January (because where else are you going to stick a Dwayne-Johnson-as-hockey-player-as-tooth-fairy outing?), and Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox has moved back a week from 11/6 to 11/13 as their choice contender for the family dollar. This now places it right after Disney and Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol (really, the first week of November?) and just before Warners’ Cats & Dogs sequel (really, the second movie of Cats & Dogs?).
I’m not sure how much Johnson’s recent Race to Witch Mountain cost, but I can’t help but think that he’d like to outperform that film’s good-not-great $60-ish million gross, and January could be just the grounds to do that in. (Paul Blart: Mall Cop opened within a week of the proposed new date and has raked in… almost $144 million? Yep, over $140 million.) Mr. Fox, on the other hand, is a mainstream proving ground for the ever-quirky Anderson, and with a voice cast that includes George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, and Anjelica Huston, let’s hope it has reason to top the $28 million gross of that last animated adaptation of a Roald Dahl book, 1996’s James and the Giant Peach.
Adapted from Loraxaeon’s Yankee Racers post.