Weekend Box Office Preview
March 14, 2002

COLD TOON CLIMATE

Animated openers have not fared especially well from January through April. Fox hopes its CGI pic “Ice Age” will break that mold today – or at least top Disney’s winter toon “Return to Never Land.”


TOP ANIMATED OPENERS (January – April)

  Opening    Domestic B.O. *
Return to Never Land

’02 

16  42
Recess: School’s Out

’01 


13  37

The Road to El Dorado

’00 


13  51

The Tigger Movie ’00 

9  46

Pokemon 3 ’01 

8  17

*in millions of $      red box indicates 4-day box office

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
 Ice

Age

 (Fox)

3,316
 Showtime

 (WB)

2,917

 Resident

Evil

 (Sony)

2,528
 Harrison’s Flowers

 (U Focus)

398

 Y

Tu Mama Tambien

 (IFC)

42
 Kissing Jessica Stein

 (Fox Searchlight)Bowed wed.

26

 Pauline

and Paulette

 (Sony Classics) NY/LA

5

YEAR TO DATE*
(in millions of $)
1,442

’01

(thru Mar. 11)

1,512

+5%

’02

(thru Mar. 10)

1. Ice Age

2. Showtime

3. The Time Machine

4. We Were Soldiers

5. Resident Evil

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of March 14*
Pic
New date

Old date

FOX

The

Banger Sisters

September 20 August 2
FOX SEARCHLIGHT

The

Antwone Fisher Story

November 27  
MGM

A

Guy Thing

August 23  
MIRAMAX

Paid

in Full

September 13  
SONY CLASSICS

Happy Times July 26 May 24
Quitting September 13 July 26
UNIVERSAL

Red

Dragon

October 4  
8

Mile

November 8  
USA FILMS

The

Kid Stays in the Picture

June  
Possession July 26 June 7
8 Women October August
Red indicates new entry    

*all dates 2002 unless noted

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

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