IN THE LAUGHING MOOD

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Sony / Revolution’s "Anger Management" hopes to beat "Liar Liar" and become the biggest-opening comedy released before May.

Pic (year)    Opening B.O.**          Domestic B.O.**
Liar Liar (’97)    31   181
Bringing Down the House (’03)    31  111
Snow Dogs (’02)    24*

 81

The Wedding Singer (’98)    22*

 80

Kangaroo Jack† (’03)    22*  66
  †still in release
  *4-day bow/ **in millions of $ for comedies opening prior to May. Excludes romantic comedies.

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Anger Management (Sony) 3,551

House of 1,000 Corpses (Lions Gate)
595
Ghosts of the Abyss (BV)
97
The Hero: Love Story of a Spy (Video Sound)
21
Better Luck Tomorrow (Par. Classics)
13
XX/XY (IFC)
5
Marion Bridge (Film Movement) NY, LA
4
The Young Unknowns (Indican) NY, Toronto
2

YEAR TO DATE*
(in billions of $)
2.2

’02
(thru April 7)

1.9
-14%

’03
(thru April 6)

Note: First Jan. wknd. is end of previous B.O. year.

1. Anger Management

2. Phone Booth

3. What a Girl Wants

4. A Man Apart

5. Bringing Down…

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of April 10
Movie Title
New date
Old date
MGM
Pieces of April September 19  
MIRAMAX
People I Know
April 25
April 30
Blue Car
May 2
April 25
Only the Strong Survive
May 9
May 2
The Human Stain
September 26

November 21
NEW LINE
The Real Cancun
April 25
August
Texas Chainsaw Massacre January 16, 2004 October 17
The Butterfly Effect February 6, 2004 September 12
SONY
50 First Kisses
January 30, 2004
1st qtr. 2004
You Got Served
January 30, 2004

The Missing April 16, 2004 TBA
WARNER BROS.
Yu-Gi-Oh
October 10
The Matrix Revolutions
November 5
November 7

Red indicates new entry    also title change. Formerly ‘The Real Spring Break’
Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

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