Fox Delays “Apes”, Moves Up “Penguins”

20th Century Fox has done some major reshuffling of its 2011 release schedule this week with the big change being a five month delay of its sci-fi prequel “Caesar: Rise of the Apes”.

Originally scheduled for a mid-Summer bow on June 24th, the film has been pushed back to Thanksgiving weekend – specifically November 23rd, where the studio hopes it will play well throughout the holiday season.

Filling in that big gap in its schedule are two films – Jim Carrey comedy “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” which has been moved up two months from an August 12th to a June 17th release, and the Jonah Hill comedy “The Sitter” which has been moved up a month from July 15th to June 24th.

Not everything else got moved up though – the Justin Timberlake/Amanda Seyfried sci-fi drama “Now” has been delayed a month from September 30th to October 28th, the young girl comedy ensemble “Monte Carlo” is pushed back five weeks from July 1st to August 12th, while Anna Faris rom-com “What’s Your Number?” has been pushed back five months – going from April 29th to September 30th.

Finally, the Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson comedy “Big Year” has locked down an October 14th release date.