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February 7, 2003

VALENTINY AUDS

February seems prime for romantic comedies. But few have stolen audiences’ hearts. Par’s “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” gets a jump on Valentine’s Day by bowing today.


TOP-GROSSING FEB. ROMANTIC COMEDIES
Title        Domestic B.O.*
The Wedding Singer     22*

 80

Down to Earth     20  64
Mannequin     6

 43

Fools Rush In     10

 29

L.A. Story     7  29
 
* four-day bow

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Shanghai Knights (BV) 2,753
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (Par) 2,923
Deliver Us From Eva (Focus) 1,139
Khushi (Eros) 30

EXPANDING

Chicago (Miramax) 623 – 1,841
The Quiet American (Miramax) 8 – 43

YEAR TO DATE
(in millions of $)
783

’02
thru Feb. 3
609
-29%


’03
thru Feb. 2

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

1. Shanghai Knights

2. How to Lose a Guy…

3. Chicago

4. The Recruit

5. Deliver Us From Eva

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RELEASE

DATES AND CHANGES

As of February 6
Pic New date Old date
ARTISAN
Amandla! February 19 February 14
FOX
From Justin to Kelly… April 25  
The Order Sept. 5  
I,

Robot

July 2, 2004  
Mad Max: Fury Road July 23, 2004  
FOX SEARCHLIGHT
The Dancer Upstairs April 30 February 26
28

Days Later

August 1  
GOLD CIRCLE FILMS
Poolhall Junkies February 28 February 21
PARAMOUNT
Mission: Impossible 3 May 21, 2004  
UNIVERSAL
Johnny English August 8 Summer
Riddick

June 25, 2004  
Thunderbirds July 23, 2004  
* in millions of $      Red indicates new entry
Source: Nielsen EDI Filmsource

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