Third time could be charm for 'Wedding'

THIRD

TIME’S A YARN

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Comedic third installments are rare and their bows even less boffo,

last summer’s "Austin Powers in Goldmember" being the exception.

"American Wedding" unspools today, hoping to best the $45

million opening posed by its previous chapter in mid-August ’01.

Pic (Year)

 

Opening

B.O.*

Goldmember

(’02)  

 73

 

Back

to the Future (’90)  

 24
Beverly Hills

Cop 3 (’94)  

 15
Naked

Gun 33 1/3 (’94)  

 13
Friday After

Next (’02)  

 13
Christmas

Vaction (’89)  

12
 *In millions of $

BOWING
Movie

Title

Engagements
American Wedding

(U)

3,175
Gigli (Sony/Revolution)

2,215
Scorched (Neverland)

14

The

Secret Lives of Dentists (Manhattan)

13

And Now Ladies and Gentlemen (Par Classics)

LA,NY

6

The

Magdalene Sisters (Miramax)

5**

Boys Life 4: Four Play (Strand) NY

4

EXPANDING
Bend

it Like Beckham

119-1,002

**estimate

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
5.3

’02

(thru July 26)

5.1

-4%

’03

(thru July 27)

Note: first Jan.

weekend is end of previous B.O. year.

1. American Wedding

2. Spy Kids 3D

3. Seabiscuit

4. Pirates of the…

5. Bad Boys II

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RELEASE

DATES AND CHANGES

As

of July 31

Movie Title

New date

Old date

DREAMWORKS

Shrek 2 May 21 June 18
The

Ring 2

Nov. 10 ’04  
FOX

The

Girl Next Door

March 12

Mission Without

Permission

April 2

Jan. 16

Garfield
June 18

June 4

PARAMOUNT

Against

the Ropes

Feb. 6

TBA

The

Prince and Me

March 12

TBA

The

Blackout Murders

April 2

TBA

Without

a Paddle

April 23

TBA

The

World of Tomorrow

May 14

Summer ’04

The

Stepford Wives

June 11

Summer ’04

Sahara
July 23

Summer ’04

WARNER BROS.

The Big Bounce
Jan. 30

Feb.

Taking Lives

Feb. 20

April 30

Spartan
March 12

Dec. 25

The Whole Ten Yards
April 9

Oct. 17

A Sound of Thunder
April 23

April 16

Troy
May 14

May 21

Yu-gi-oh

Aug. 13 ’04

Aug. ’04

Untitled Cheetah

Movie

Oct. 8 ’04

Aug. ’04

Alexander

Nov. 5 ’04

Dec. ’04

The Aviator

TBA

Dec. ’04

Red indicates new entry

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

 
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