As it turns out, "Django Unchained" won't be the only Oscar contender moviegoers get for Christmas. Universal has shifted the much-anticipated adaptation of "Les Miserables" from Dec. 14 to Dec. 25. The move comes just over a month after Warner Bros. bumped "The Great Gatsby" from Christmas Day to 2013. "Les Miserables," Tom Hooper's musical follow-up to "The King's Speech," will now do box office battle with Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," as well as wide-release comedies "Parental Guidance" and "The Guilt Trip."
This is the second time Universal has moved "Les Miserables." Back in March, the studio pushed Hooper's film from Dec. 7 to Dec. 14, where it had been set to go against "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."
Of course, "Les Miserables" isn't the only heavy-hitter on Universal's December slate: Judd Apatow's "This Is 40," a "sort-of-sequel" to 2007's hit comedy "Knocked Up," is lined up for a Dec. 21 release.
"Les Miserables" stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Samantha Barks and Eddie Redmayne.