David Ayer's End of Watch is one of the best films to come out in 2012, and while many amazing movies tend to be ignored theatrically, the cop drama also happened to do well at the box office. Made for pennies - with a miniscule budget of only $7 million - the movie opened at number one during its opening weekend, pulling in $13 million, and by the end of its run it made over $40 million globally. Because of this success, End of Watch doesn't really need any more box office receipts to prove its worth. It would, however, like some award consideration - which explains this move by Open Road Films.

According to Variety, the distributor is now planning to re-release End of Watch in theaters on December 7th (aka next weekend). Tom Ortenberg, who serves as the head of Open Road, says that the move is being done so that the movie isn't ignored when critics groups begin to determine nominees for their respective ceremonies. While its not said in the trade, it's likely that they are looking for at least acting nominations for leads Jack Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, both of whom were amazing in the movie and received plenty of praise from critics. During the December 7th weekend the only major release that the film will be facing is the romantic comedy Playing For Keeps, which stars Gerard Butler.

To read more about End of Watch, including my review, be sure to head over to our Blend Film Database. And if you haven't seen the movie yet, I couldn't recommend it more highly.

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