EW Staff
October 29, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Surviving Christmas was ready to come out last Xmas, but DreamWorks had an agreement with Paramount not to go head-to-head with Ben Affleck’s Paycheck. So, when to release last year’s Xmas movie? How about in October? ”The marketplace is very crowded,” says a DreamWorks rep, ”so we thought we’d start the holiday season early.” Only nine shopping days till Halloween!

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