SPRINGTIME FOR SEQUELS
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New Line is ushering in "Blade II" at an unorthodox time for sequels, which haven’t historically scored in March and April.


HIGHEST OPENINGS FOR MARCH/APRIL SEQUELS

  Opening B.O. *
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 
March 1991
 
  20

The Naked Gun 33 1/3 
March 1994
 
  13
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 
March 1993
 
  12
Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 

April 2000 

  11
D2: The Mighty Ducks 
March 1994
 
  10

*in millions of $ since 1990

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
 E.T. 20th Anni. Re-release (U) 3,010

 Blade 2 (New Line)

2,707

 Sorority Boys  (BV) 1,801

 Stolen Summer (Miramax)

(est.) 15

 Margarita Happy Hour (Passport) NY 1

 Very Annie-Mary
 (Empire) Boston

1

 Jim Brown: All-American
 (Bazan Ent.) NY
1

YEAR TO DATE*
(in millions of $)
1,554


’01

(thru Mar. 18)

1,686
+9%


’02
(thru Mar. 17)

1. E.T.
2. Ice Age

3. Blade 2

4. Resident Evil

5. Showtime

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As

of March 21*

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New date

Old date

BUENA VISTA

Young Black Stallion TBA Fall

MGM

Deuces Wild May 3 April 26

MIRAMAX

Cinema Paradisco (Dir. Cut) June 7 May 17
King Fu Soccer First Quarter ’03 April 5

PARAMOUNT

Lucky Break April 19 April 26

SONY

Love and a Bullet July 14 May 31
Formula 51 September 6 August 23
Half Past Dead Fall September 6
National Security January 17 ’03 August

UNIVERSAL

Blue Crush July 12  

WARNER BROS.

FearDotCom Fall May 10
The Matrix Reloaded May 23 ’03  
Terminator 3 July 2 ’03  

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*all dates 2002 unless noted

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource
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