Weekend Box Office Preview
September 20, 2002

SEASONAL SHOCKS


Suspense thrillers are as commonplace in autumn as football and pumpkins.Today, Sony’s “Trapped” will try to enter the ranks of the season’s top genre titles.†


  Opening 

            Final B.O.* 

Ransom (’96) 

34

136

Double Jeopardy (’99) 

23 117

The Bone Collector(’99) 

17

67

Don’t Say A Word (’96) 

17

55

The Jackal (’93) 

15  

55

†of all time for period post-Labor Day through Thursday
prior to Thanksgiving.
*in millions of $

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
The Banger Sisters
(Fox Searchlight)
2,736

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (WB)

2,705

Trapped (Sony) 2,227
Four Feathers (Par)

1,912

Spirited Away (BV) 26

Secretary (Lions Gate)

11
Das Experiment

(Goldwyn/IDP)* NY, LA

4
His Secret Life (Strand)

NY, SF, Berkeley

4
Invinsible (Fine Line) NY, LA 4
* bowed Wed.

 

YEAR TO DATE*
(in

billions of $)

5.8

’01

(thru Sep. 16)

6.5

+12%

’02

(thru Sep. 15)

1. The Banger Sisters

2. Barbershop

3. My Big Fat …

4. The Four Feathers

5. Ballistic: Ecks …

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SONY

RELEASE

DATES AND CHANGES

As

of Sep. 19

Pic
New date

Old date

PARAMOUNT

Marci X Jan. 31  
How to Lose A Guy … Feb. 7  
The Hunted Feb. 28  
The Perfect Score March 14  
Beyond Borders March 28  
Timeline April 11  
The Italian Job May 30  
Rugrats Meets Thornberrys June 13  
School Rock July 11  
Tomb Raider July 25  
The fighting Temptations Aug. 8  
Blackout Sept. 19 ’03  
Dickie Roberts … Oct. 3 ’03  
Suspect Zero Oct. 24 ’03  
Around the World … Nov. 21 ’03  
… Unfortunate Events Dec. 19 ’03  
Identity April 11  
Gigli July 11 May 9
Big Fish 4th qtr. ’03  
Mona Lisa Smile 4th qtr. ’03 July 11
Nancy Meyers Project 4th qtr. ’03  
Underworld Oct. ’03  
The Forgotten TBA July 11
Untitled Tennis Movie TBA Fall ’03
Red indicates new entry    

*all dates 2002 unless

noted

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource
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