The Darkness: According to Variety, Dimension announced Thursday that it is going out with The Darkness on Christmas, Saturday, Dec. 25.

While the spooky house horror pic starring Anna Paquin has been sitting on the Dimension shelf for more than three years, the dating made waves because there are already five other wide releases slated between Wednesday, Dec. 22, and Christmas Day: Fox has both adventure pic Flight of the Phoenix and live-action kidpic Fat Albert; Universal has laffer sequel Meet the Fockers; Buena Vista has Wes Anderson pic The Life Aquatic; and Warner Bros. is unspooling musical The Phantom Of The Opera (first on 600 screens, then wider in January).

Opening in that frame in limited release are three other Miramax titles: Proof, Bride and Prejudice and An Unfinished Life. Plus MGM is launching Hotel Rwanda and Newmarket is unveiling The Woodsman.

So, how is the Miramax distrib team going to find a 1,000 theaters to play "The Dark," especially in a market that will be saturated with three wide releases from the week before, including Miramax and Warners' The Aviator?