Weekend Box Office Preview
July 11, 2003

'T3,' 'LB2' walk 2nd week plank vs. 'Pirates,' 'League'

FIZZLING FIREWORKS
Pics bowing near July Fourth of late have not showed stellar legs.”Terminator 3″ and “Legally Blonde 2” begin the all-important second frame today, hoping to avoid the sophomore curse posed by films like Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
Pic (year)    5-day bow share of total B.O..*
Men in Black II (’02)   46% 
A.I. (’01)   54%*
Perfect Storm (’00)    35%
Armageddon(’98)    27%
Men in Black(’97)    34%
Terminator 2 (’91)    26%
 *6-day bow

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse… (BV)* 3,269
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Fox)
3,002
I Capture the Castle (Samuel Goldwyn) LA, NY
8
The Cuckoo (SPC)LA, NY
6
The Housekeeper (Palm) LA, NY
6
Northfolk (Par Classics)
5
Madame Sata (Wellspring)*
4
Kim O. (TLA) NY
1
La Confusion des genres (Picrure This) NY*
1

The Holy Land (CAVU Releasing) NY

*bowed Wednesday

1

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
4.7


’02
(thru July 7)

4.4
-6%

’03
(thru July 6)
 

1. Pirates of the…

2. Terminator 3…

3. The League of…

4. Legally Blonde 2…

5. Finding Nemo

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of July 10
Movie Title
New date
Old date
FOCUS FEATURES
Sylvia Oct. 17 Oct. 24
Vanity Fair TBA  
FOX
Underdogs
June 25

Winn-Dixie
Aug. 13 ’04
Taxi
Oct. 8 ’04
The Flight of the Phoenix
Nov. 12 ’04
The Fantastic Four
Dec. 24 ’04
Dec. 17 ’04
MIRAMAX
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Aug. 15
The Battle of Shaker Heights
Aug. 22
Aug. 15
PARAMOUNT CLASSICS
The United States of Leland
March
Sept. 12
UNIVERSAL
Ben Stiller Romantic Comedy
Jan. 16
March 12
WARNER BROS.
Constantine
Sept. 17 ’04
Sept. ’04
I’ll Be There
TBA
Aug. 1

Red indicates new entry
Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

 

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