The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo remake is to be released in America five hours earlier next week (beg19Dec11) following a series of overwhelmingly positive reviews.
An embargo on articles about the David Fincher thriller was lifted on Monday night (12Dec11) and movie critics have heaped praise on the film, which stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.
The response has prompted Sony bosses to release the film on Tuesday evening (20Dec11) - hours before the initial release at midnight.
Explaining the move, Sony chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution Jeff Blake says, "This is one of the busiest times of the year for moviegoing and we can't wait to share this outstanding thriller with audiences all over the world. We feel that by opening for night time shows on December 20th, fans of the book will be given the perfect opportunity to get (a) jump start on the release of the exceptional film."
The film is adapted from the first of late author Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy books.
Many ticket-holders couldn't get into the O2 Arena show on Tuesday night (September 19th) because they didn't bring photo ID to match their booking.
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The actor plays the titular hero in the forthcoming adaptation.