Weekend Box Office Preview
April 17, 2003

ERRATIC EASTER OPENERS

The Easter frame is often crowded as distribs court kids on spring break, but their average opening has been hard to predict. This weekend, three newcomers face potent holdover “Anger Management.”

AVERAGE WIDE BOW AT THE EASTER B.O.*



15


10


5

12


3

5

7


6

7

14.5

10

8

15

93

94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02

*in millions of $ for opening in more than 800 engagements

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Bulletproof Monk* (MGM) 2,955
Malibu’s Most Wanted (WB)
2,503
Holes (BV)

2,331
Chasing Papi* (Fox)
583
A Mighty Wind (Fox) 133
The Winged Migration (Sony Classics) NY
1
*bowed Wednesday

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
2.3


’02

(thru April 14)

2.0

-13%

’03
(thru April 13)

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1. Anger Management

2. Holes

3. Bulletproof Monk

4. Malibu’s Most Wanted

5. What a Girl Wants

These are the top 5 most requested films from activity on Moviefone’s Web site and requests from callers. The top five has historically been 80% accurate in predicting the weekend’s top five movies at the box office.
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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of April 17
Pic
New date
Old date
FOX
Alien (re)
October 31
Garfield
June 4, 2004
December 19, 2003
LIONS GATE
Mondays in the Sun
July 25
April 18
Wonderland
August
July
MAGNOLIA PICTURES
Capturing the Friedmans May 30  
On the Run: Trilogy 1 June 18 July
Bollywood Hollywood (re) June 20 May 23
An Amazing Couple: Trilogy 2 August 1 July
After the Life: Trilogy 3 August 15 July
SONY
50 First Kisses
February 13, 2004
January 30, 2004
The Missing
January 16, 2004
April 16, 2004
UNIVERSAL
The Quest
TBA
May 9
Red indicates new entry
Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource
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