LATE PAYOFF FOR MISTLETOE MOVIES

"Maid in Manhattan" is hoping to emulate the track record of other December romantic comedies, getting its payoff at the B.O. in the end rather than upfront. With the exception of 2000′s "What Women Want," most December laffers tend to bow to middling results.

TOP DECEMBER ROMANTIC COMEDIES
Pic 

Opening*                           Final
What Women Want  34   183
Tootsie   6   177
Jerry Maguire   17   154
As Good As It Gets  13   148
You’ve Got Mail  18   116
Miss Congeniality   14   107
*Domestic B.O. in millions of $

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Maid in Manhattan (Sony) 2,838
Star Trek Nemesis (Par) 2,711
The Hot Chick (BV) 2,217
Drumline (Fox) 1,836
Evelyn (MGM/UA) 15
About Schmidt

(New Line)

7
Russian Ark (Wellspring) NY 2
Intacto (Lions Gate) NY 1
The Jimmy Show (First Look) NY 1
The Guys (Focus) LA 1

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
7.4


’01
(thru Dec. 9)

8.3
+12%

’02
(thru Dec. 8)

1. Star Trek Nemesis

2. Maid in Manhattan

3. The Hot Chick

4. Die Another Day

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of Dec. 12
Pic New date Old date
AVATAR
Divine Intervention January 17 January
BUENA VISTA
The Lizzie McGuire Movie May 2  
IDP DISTRIBUTION
Raising Victor Vargas March 28 April 4
JETFILMS
Stone Reader February 12  
MAGNOLIA PICTURES
Under the Skin of the City March 14 1st qtr.
MEDIA PARTNERS
Kaante December 20  
SONY
Adaptation. December 20*  
UNIVERSAL
The Guru January 31  
Red indicates new entry         *expansion            All dates 2003 unless noted

Source: Nielsen EDI Filmsource
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