One of the film’s producers, Kathleen Kennedy revealed her role in the decison at today’s “Produced By” Conference. Noting this is a first for a film directed by Steven Spielberg, she said she had to do some arm-twisting to convince distributors Paramount and Sony to allow the 3-D pic to premiere in Europe 8 weeks in advance of its North America launch on December 23rd, 2011. But it makes sense since The Adventures Of Tintin is based on the Belgian children’s tale. “That property is known so well in Europe and virtually not at all here,” Kennedy said. Paramount is handling Tintin‘s distribution in the U.S., UK, Australia and Asia, while Sony has Belgium, France, the rest of Europe, and the rest of the world. The film is a joint production of both Spielberg’s Amblin/DreamWorks and Peter Jackson’s WingNut Films.

For the record, Tintin will follow holiday schedules in Europe. The movie will release in France and Belgium at the end of October handled by Sony. The other European countries roll out in November and into December. Then in the U.S. and other markets at Christmas. As one of my insiders says. “When you look at a movie like Angels & Demons doing triple the business outside the U.S. on some of these films, you have to look at international as the primary market. And provide the biggest upside there.”