Weekend Box Office Preview
Jan. 25, 2002

WINTER PIC UPTICK

Despite the absence of a “Hannibal”-esque tentpole, this winter’s slate is at a five-year high in terms of the number of releases. Today’s four wide bows are a sign of crowded weekends to come.

WIDE BOWS FOR WINTER*
1998  

24

1999   17
2000   17
2001   17
2002   26**

*period between New Year’s and mid-March      **currently scheduled

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
 Kung

Pow: Enter the Fist (Fox)

2,476
 A Walk to Remember

 (WB)

2,402

 The

Mothman Prophecies

 (Sony Screen Gems)

2,331
 The Count of Monte Cristo

 (BV)

2,007

 Pinero

 (Miramax) (re-opening)

14
 Metropolis

 (Sony Rep)

9

 Beijing

Bicycle

 (Sony Pictures Classics) LA, NY

5
 Storytelling

 (Fine Line) LA, NY

4

 The

Son’s Room

 (Miramax)

1
EXPANDING

 I Am Sam

 (New Line)

1 – 1,268

 Brotherhood of the

Wolf (U Focus)

107 – 929

YEAR TO DATE*
(in millions of $)
516


’01

(thru Jan. 21)

492

-5%

’02

(thru Jan. 21)

1. Black Hawk Down

2. The Mothman…

3. A Walk to…

4. …Monte Cristo

5. A Beautiful Mind

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RELEASE

DATES AND CHANGES

As

of January 24*

Pic
New date

Old date

FOX

Minority Report June 21 June 28
Like

Mike

July 12  
Swimfan Aug. 9  
Drumline Aug. 23  
The

Transporter

Sept. 20  
Sin

Eater

Oct. 11  
Phone

Booth

Nov. 15  
Fat

Albert

Dec. 25  
Daredevil Feb. 14 ’03  
LIONS GATE

Chelsea Walls April 19 April 12
Vulgar May  
Lovely and Amazing June 14 June
The Grey Zone Oct. 11 Sept.
Double Whammy TBA 2nd qtr.
NEW LINE

Blade 2 March 27 March 29
Friday After

Next

Nov. 27 Nov.
Lord

of the Rings: Return of the King

Dec. ’03  
WARNER BROS.

Murder by Numbers April 19 April 12
Red indicates new entry    

*all dates 2002

unless noted

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

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