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March 28, 2002

EASTER WICKETS

Four wide openers will fill Easter weekend’s B.O. basket. About 70% of schoolkids will be off Friday and Monday, giving the frame a chance to top 1999’s “Matrix”-fueled record.

TOTAL EASTER WEEKEND B.O.*

  % share of wide openers
1997    87

 

29%

1998    86

 

43%

1999    90

 

49%

2000    91

 

33%

2001    90

 

31%

*in millions of $

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
 Panic Room  (Sony) 3,053
 Clockstoppers (Paramount)

2,540

 The Rookie  (BV) (est.)

2,500

 Death to Smoochy (WB)

2,164

 No Such Thing (MGM/UA) 9
 The Piano Teacher
 (Kino) NY

3

 Teddy Bear’s Picnic
 (Magnolia) NY
1

YEAR TO DATE*
(in millions of $)
1,662


’01
(thru Mar. 25)

1,862
+12%


’02
(thru Mar. 24)

1. Panic Room

2. Blade 2

3. Ice Age

4. The Rookie

5. Clockstoppers

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of March 28*
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ARTISAN

Children on Their Birthdays August 23  
DREAMWORKS

The Ring October 18 August 9
PARAMOUNT CLASSICS

Mostly Martha August 16 Fall
Just a Kiss Fall Summer
Bloody Sunday October 11  
PREMIERE GROUP

Aurora Island February 21, 2003  
SONY PICTURES

Trapped September 20 August 23
Adaptation 4th Quarter  
Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson 4th Quarter  
The Chambermaid December 25 December
Bad Boys 2 Summer 2003  
WARNER BROS.

Eight Legged Freaks July 19 July 12
Down and Under January 17, 2003 August 2
Dreamcatcher February 07, 2003  
Red indicates new entry    

*all dates 2002 unless noted

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

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