Scott Cooper directed the movie, which also stars Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson
Relativity Media is giving its awards pony "Out of the Furnace" a wide release on Dec. 6.
The distributor initially planned to give Scott Cooper's second feature a platform release on Nov. 27.
Christian Bale stars as a blue-collar factory worker who seeks vengeance when his younger brother, played by Casey Affleck, disappears and the local cops can't come up with any answers.
Woody Harrelson takes a menacing turn as the dangerous criminal responsible for Affleck's disappearance, while Forest Whitaker stars as one of the local cops investigating the case.
Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard and Willem Dafoe round out the gritty crime drama's all-star cast.
"Out of the Furnace" will now open against Focus Features' drama "Dallas Buyers Club" and CBS Films' folk music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis."