RATING THE PRE-CHRISTMAS CROP
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Given the family-oriented nature of December pics, R-rated wide releases don’t tent to open big. Instead, they rack up grosses over time. "Vanilla Sky" and "Not Another Teen Movie" are the latest R’s hoping to lure adult auds away from broader titles.

Top R-rated December openers*

Opening B.O.

Scream 2  
Final B.O. – $101  

$33

The Green Mile 

Final B.O. – $137 

$18
Any

Given Sunday 
Final B.O. – $76 

$14
Talented Mr. Ripley 
Final B.O. – $81 
$12
Deuce Bigalow 
Final B.O. – $66 

$12

* of the past 5 years (all figures in millions of $)

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
 Vanilla Sky (Par) 2,742

 Not Another Teen Movie (Sony)

2,365

 Lantana

(Lions Gate)

6

 The Royal Tenenbaums (BV) NY, LA

5

 Iris

(Miramax) NY, LA

2
 Pinero

(Miramax) Bowed Thurs. NY, LA

2
 Behind the Sun (Miramax) Bowed Wed. LA 1
 Eban and Charley (Picture This) LA 1
 Kandahar

(Avatar) NY

1

YEAR TO DATE*
(in billions of $)
6.8


’00
(thru Dec. 9)

7.4
+9%


’01
(thru Dec. 10)

1. Ocean’s Eleven
2. Harry Potter…
3. Behind Enemy Lines
4. Spy Game
5. Monsters, Inc.

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of Dec. 13*
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BUENA VISTA
The Rookie March 29 March 22
IDP
Rain April 12 April
Me Without You Summer Feb.

MIRAMAX

Imposter Jan. 4 Dec. 25, 01
The Accidental Spy Spring Jan. 11

WARNER BROS.

City by the Sea Sept. 6 April 26
Fear.com Sept. 27  
Psychic Oct. 11  
Ecks vs. Sever Nov. 1 Sept. 13

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*all dates 2002 unless noted
Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource
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