The Beaver Opens Later & Wider

Summit Entertainment has pushed back the release of “The Beaver” by almost two months to May 6th.

The Jodie Foster directed, Mel Gibson-led black comedy/drama was originally being lined up for a release sometime last Fall, but understandably it didn’t lock down a date until very late last year when Summit announced plans for a March 23rd limited release in select markets.

Unofficially it was to be a test whether Gibson’s tabloid troubles had affected his box-office pulling power. Were it to open well, it was to roll out over coming weeks in other markets. Polls and surveys however indicated that the overwhelming majority of respondents didn’t care or weren’t affected by the news reports.

This has obviously given the distributor more confidence as they’ve now decided to give the film a limited release on May 6th before a wide bow on May 20th. Foster is reportedly in Europe shooting a film and the delay will give her time to promote the movie as well.

The film’s planned world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March is still looking like a go and will be the first real test.