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December 20, 2002

SOPH SHORTFALL

Comedies aside, sequels in 2002 have not fared as well as their predecessors. New Line aims to break the spell with “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.”

Pic                             Domestic B.O.*
Harry Potter and the 
Chamber of Secrets (’02)
 
  280
…Sorcerer’s Stone (’01)    318
Men in Black 2 (’02)    190
Men in Black (’97)    250
Spy Kids 2 (’02)    86
Spy Kids (’01)    113
Stuart Little 2 (’02)    65
Stuart Little (’99)    114
*Domestic B.O. in millions of $

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
The Wild Thornberrys (Par) 3,012
Two Weeks Notice (WB) 2,755
Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (New Line) 3,622
Gangs of New York (Miramax) 1,504
Kaante (Media Partners) 40
Antwone Fisher (Fox) 15
Morvern Caller (Cowboy) NY, LA 3
Devils on the Doorstep (Cowboy) NY 1
Il Posto (Cowboy) NY 1
Smokers Only (Strand) NY 1

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
7.5


’01
(thru Dec. 16)

8.4
+12%


’02
(thru Dec. 15)

1. Lord of the Rings

2. Two Weeks Notice

3. Gangs of New York

4. The Wild Thornberrys

5. Maid in Manhattan

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of Dec. 19
Pic New date Old date
FOCUS
Deliver Us From Eva Feb. 7 Jan. 31
FOX
Garfield Dec. 19  
MGM
Assassination Tango March 28  
City of Ghosts April 25  
Together May 30  
Molly Gunn Aug. 15  
Jeepers Creepers 2 Aug. 29 April 18
Out of Time Oct. 3  
Good Boy Oct. 10  
MIRAMAX
People I Know April 25  
Only the Strong Survive May 2 2nd qtr.
Pokemon 5 May 16 May
UNIVERSAL
Johnny English April 4 March 14
WARNER BROS.
Torque March 14 March 21
Dreamcatcher March 28 April 4
What a Girl Wants April 4 March 28
Gothika Oct. 24  
Red indicates new entry                     All dates 2002 unless noted
Source: Nielsen EDI Filmsource

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