The highly anticipated Sony Pictures film version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will open one day early, the studio announced on Tuesday. Ticket sales for the first in the new film trilogy based on Stieg Larsson‘s bestselling novels will launch at 7PM on December 20.

The initial verdict by critics on David Fincher‘s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo have been mixed so far. Admittedly, it is hard to be fair to the film when the Swedish adaptions of the Stieg Larsson books are widely beloved by fans. Director David Fincher had a huge uphill battle to deal with in doing a U.S. film version of the story.

Although the film as a whole has garnered mixed feedback, there are two positives most critics agree on. Relatively unknown actress Rooney Mara makes a kick-ass Lisbeth Salander, enough so that she is an apt rival for Swedish counterpart Noomi Rapace. Another bit of praise is that this version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo appears to stick more closely to the storyline and flow of the book. The Swedish versions of all three novels were wildly altered in places, which tended to irk hardcore fans of the books.

By releasing the film a day eary, Sony Pictures will have a chance to snatch up more of the holiday weekend moviegoers before facing a slew of heavy-hitting competitors hitting theaters on the 21st. For the rest of the weekend, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will have to go up against Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin and Paramount’s Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, as well as Fox’s Matt Damon comedy We Bought a Zoo opening a few days later.

“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,” Sony’s marketing and distribution chairman, Jeff Blake, said in a statement. “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 an exceptional film.”



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