HomeFilmBox Office Weekend Box Office PreviewDecember 20, 2002 Email Print +Talk +G+ +Tweets December 19, 2002 | 10:04PM PT Variety Staff SOPH SHORTFALL photos/charts/preview_gandalf.jpg width=”468″ height=”180″> 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 AOL Moviefone derives its Top Five Most Requested films from activity on its Web site. The Top Five have historically been 80% accurate in predicting the weekend’s top five movies at the box office. Visit Moviefone View opening films 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 Follow @Variety on Twitter for breaking news, reviews and more Post A Comment 0 Most Popular 1 Music 12:04PM PT Creed Frontman Says He's… 2 TV 11:55AM PT George Stephanopoulos' Darren… 3 TV 11:21AM PT 'Game of Thrones' Teases 'The… 4 TV 11:19AM PT A Serious Thought About NBC… 5 TV 10:30AM PT NBC Hopes 'Peter Pan Live'… Variety Jobs Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs MLB Network, Secaucus, New Jersey Professor of the Business of Media John Paul the Great Catholic University, Escondido, California Assistant Professor Screenwriting Cal State U Fullerton, Fullerton, California Assistant Professor - Production (Film) Brooklyn College, CUNY, New York Vice President - Business Development Fork Films LLC, New York, New York See More Jobs Marketplace Leave a Reply No Comments Cancel reply Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications. Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google+ account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.