CHRISTMAS

PRESENCE

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Last Year’s Christmas crop – a record 15 pics – generated more than

half the holiday weekend’s box office. This yule frame has fewer films

opening (10), but is bolstered by New Line’s "The Lord of the

Rings."

  New

release B.O.        Total weekend B.O.* 

1997 

10 openers 

28

83

1998 

11 openers 

69

145

1999 

9 openers

43

101

2000

15 openers 

84

155

*domestic

B.O. in millions of $

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Lord of

the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings (New Line) Bowed Wed.

3,359

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (Paramount)

3,139

Joe Somebody

(Fox)

2,503

Kate & Leopold (Miramax)

2,449

Ali (Sony)

Bows Dec. 25

2,400†
The Majestic

(Warner Bros.)

2,361
How High

(Universal)

1,265
Shipping

News (Miramax) Bows Dec. 25

186
A Beautiful

Mind (Universal) Expands to 514 on Dec. 25

11
Little Otik

(Zeitgeist) Bowed Wed., NY

1
†estimate  

YEAR TO DATE*
(in

billions of $)

6.9

’00

(thru Dec. 17)

7.5

+8%

’01

(thru Dec. 16)

1. Lord of the Rings…

2. Jimmy Neutron

3. The Majestic

4. Vanilla Sky

5. Ocean’s Eleven

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RELEASE

DATES AND CHANGES

As

of Dec. 20*

Pic

New date

Old date

DREAMWORKS

The Road to Perdition June 12 Jan. 11

FOX

X-Men

2

May 2 ’03  

MGM

Hart’s War Feb. 15 March 22
City

of Ghosts

3 qtr. 2nd qtr.

MIRAMAX

Gangs of New

York

July 12 Summer
Buffalo Soldiers July 19 July 12
Frida Oct. 11  

PARAMOUNT

Chaning

Lanes

April 12  

SONY

Resident

Evil

March 15 April 5
Lone Star State

of Mind

April 12 March 8
The 51st State Aug. 23 April 26

UNIVERSAL

The

Hulk

June 20 ’03  

USA FILMS

Kid

Stays in the Picture

April 19  
Possession June 7 March 2
Never

Again

July 12  
Deliver

Us From Eva

Sept.  

WARNER BROS.

Murder by Numbers April 12 2nd qtr.

Red indicates new entry    

*all dates 2002

unless noted

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource
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