The release date for the action thriller, which stars Zoe Saldana as a vengeful killer on the hunt for the murderers of her parents, has long been expected to be September 2nd of this year.

But earlier today, Sony Pictures announced an official release date of August 26th, 2011, exactly 1 week before.

The film, directed by Olivier Megaton and produced and co-written by Luc Besson, should win that weekend, as, as of today, the films it’ll be competing with, that are also opening that weekend include a horror movie called Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark (starring Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes), the indie dramedy Our Idiot Brother, starring Paul Rudd, and the drama/thriller, The Debt, which has an impressive cast (Helen Mirren, Ciarán Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, and others), but is a Focus Features film, which means it’ll more than likely open in limited release.