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This year's holiday season promises to be absolutely off the wall for movie fans. In the last few weeks of the year we will see two new Steven Spielberg movies, Brad Bird's first live-action film, the return of Cameron Crowe, and David Fincher's adaptation of an international best seller (not to mention the sequel to Sherlock Holmes and Jonah Hill's R-rated adventure in babysitting). The problem is that all of these films will likely be feeding off the same audiences at the box office, meaning that even the slightest edge could prove to be incredible beneficial. Hence why two of December's most high-profile projects are playing with their dates.

Box Office Mojo has learned that the two Spielberg films - The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and War Horse - have both moved their dates. While both movies will still be coming out in the waning days of 2011, Tintin will now be opening on December 21st instead of December 23rd, while Horse has been changed from December 28th to December 25th. Interestingly enough, this now puts the former movie up against The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, while the latter will now only do battle with Chris Gorak's sci-fi thriller The Darkest Hour and Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (which will only be getting a limited release).

I actually don't really understand how these moves really help. While Tintin and Dragon Tattoo will be appealing largely to separate audiences, those looking for an adventure ride will have a tough choice to make. As for War Horse, on the 28th it was the only new wide release, but now it puts itself in direct competition with another film. Then again, all of this maneuvering may be totally pointless as it's only meaningful if people only see movies on opening day (hint: they don't). We can probably expect all of these movies to make a good chunk of change and that's all that matters.

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