“Molly’s Game,” “Death Wish” Skip Thanksgiving

Less than a day after the film’s second trailer was released, STXfilms has delayed the Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba-led “Molly’s Game” by a month.

Originally slated to open the day before Thanksgiving, it will now score a limited release on Christmas Day, and then go wide on January 5th.

The film, about a skier whose failure to qualify for the Olympics led her to become an organizer of underground poker games for high profile celebs and dignitaries, has generated strong reviews during the Fall film festival circuit.

Chastain’s performance, in particular, has been singled out and could have potential awards play.

Far less likely to get awards is MGM and Eli Roth’s remake of the 1970s vigilante classic “Death Wish” which has also been pushed out of a Thanksgiving release slot and will instead hit cinemas on March 2nd.

With both films gone, the Thanksgiving Holiday has been reduced to a three-way wide release fight between Pixar’s “Coco,” the horror tale “Polaroid,” and the true story thriller “Chappaquiddick”.

There’ll also be leftover business from the previous week’s “Justice League,” and some high-profile limited release debuts including “Call Me By Your Name,” “Darkest Hour” and “The Current War”.

Source: Box-Office Mojo