Weekend Box Office Preview<br>January 10, 2003

NEW YEAR’S HANGOVER

As January auds flock to Oscar fare, frosh pics run the risk of falling through the ice at the B.O. Below are some of January’s most notorious misfires over the past 10 years.

Pic            B.O.

Open                                Final

Fierce Creatures 1997     3.8   9.4
Firestorm 1998     3.8   8.2
Imposter 2002     3.0   6.2
Gloria 1999     2.1   4.2
Isn’t She Great 2000     1.4   3.0
*Domestic B.O. in millions of $ for wide releases

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Just Married

(Fox)

2,764
Blue Collar Comedy Tour (WB) 50
The Quiet American (Miramax) LA, NY 7
The Son (New Yorker) NY 2
The Slaughter Rule (Cowboy) NY 1
EXPANDING
25th Hour (BV) 5 – 490
Adaptation (Sony) 109 – 560
Narc (Par) 6 – 800
Antowne Fisher (Fox) 192 – 1,006

FINAL ANNUAL COMPARISON
(in billions of $)
8.1


’01

9.3
+15%


’02

1. Catch Me if You Can

2. The Two Towers

3. Just Married

4. Two Weeks Notice

5. Antwone Fisher

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of January 9
Pic New date Old date
FOX
Phone Booth March 21  
The Sin Eater TBA January 17
MGM
Madison TBA January 31
Barbershop 2 November 21  
MIRAMAX
A View From the Top March 21 January 24
NEW LINE
When

Harry Met Lloyd: Dumb and Dumberer*

June 13 July 18
PARAMOUNT
The Hunted March 14 February 28
Against the Ropes TBA March 14
SONY
In the Cut 3rd qtr.  
Radio October 3 September 26
13 Going on 30 1st qtr. 2004 December
Red indicates new entry                     *Also title change
Source: Nielsen EDI Filmsource

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