Weekend Box Office Preview
April 25, 2003

IT PAYS TO BE FUNNY

Thanks to “Anger Management,” Bringing Down the House” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” the comedy box office is up 25% over last year.

COMEDY BOX OFFICE*

700


600


500

229

164


367

326

524

554


592

742

2002
2003 2002 2003 2002 2003 2002 2003
Jan.
Feb. March **April
*in millions of $ inclusive of black comedies and romantic comedies
** through third weekend in April

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Identity (Sony) 2,733
The Real Cancun (New Line)
2,261
Confidence (Lions Gate) 1,871
It Runs in the Family (MGM/UA)
1,207
City of Ghosts (UA) LA/NY 6
People I Know (Miramax) LA,NY
5
House of Fools (Par Classics) LA/NY 3
Friday Night (Wellspring) NY
1
Marooned in Iraq (Wellspring) NY 1
Manic (IFC) NY
1
A Decade Under the Influence (IFC) NY 1

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
2.5


’02
(thru April 21)

2.2

-12%

’03
(thru April 20)

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1. Anger Management

2. Identity

3. Holes

4. Malibu’s Most Wanted

5. The Real Cancun

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 25
Pic
New date
Old date
BUENA VISTA
Freaky Friday
August 6
August 1
Hidalgo
October 3
FOCUS FEATURES
Ned Kelly
March 19, 2004
FOX SEARCHLIGHT
Lucia, Lucia* July 11 Fall
HOLLYWOOD GLOBAL STUDIOS
Manfest
April 30
IDP DISTRIBUTION
Interstate 60
TBA
April 25
MAGNOLIA PICTURES
Bollywood Hollywood (Re)
August
June 20
Bukowski: Born Into This
September
August 22
MIRAMAX
Buffalo Soldiers
July 25
May 9
Ella Enchanged
Spring 2004
August 8
NEW YORKER
Tycoon
May 21
PALM PICTURES
The Housekeeper
July 11
July 4
Red indicates new entry    * previously titled “Cannibal’s Daughter”
Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource
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