Weekend Box Office Preview
July 18, 2003

'Bad Boys 2' leads summer wave of uber-wide releases

SATURATED SUMMER

Today, “Bad Boys 2” leads a summer wave of uber-wide releases, a trend that has increased close to twofold over the past five years due to the uptick in megaplexes (theaters with 16 or more screens).

Year    Releases

with 3,000+ Playdates

1999

 

 7 
2000

 

 11
2001    14
2002

 

 15
2003    20*
 *estimated

BOWING
Movie

Title

Engagements
Bad Boys II

(Sony)

3,186
How to Deal (New Line)

2,319

Johnny English (U)

2,236

Garage

Day (Fox Searchlight)

23

Dirty Pretty Things (Miramax)

5

The

Sea is Watching (Sony Rep)

5

This Thing is Ours (Small Planet)

4

The

Anarchist Cookbook (Innovation) NY, LA

2

The Embalmer (1st Run) NY

1

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
4.9

’02

(thru July 14)

4.6

-6%

’03

(thru July 13)

Note: first Jan.

weekend is end of previous B.O. year.

1. Bad Boys II

2. Pirates of the…

3. Terminator 3

4. League of…

5. How to Deal

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RELEASE

DATES AND CHANGES

As

of July 10

Movie Title
New date

Old date

BUENA VISTA

Cold Creek Manor Sept. 12 Sept. 19
Under

the Tuscan Sun

Sept. 26 Sept. 12
Brother

Bear*

Oct. 24 Nov. 7
Hidalgo March 5 Oct. 3
DREAMWORKS

Envy

April 2

Aug. 22

FOCUS FEATURES

Lost

in Transition

Sept. 12

Sept. 19

21

Grams

Nov. 14

Eternal Sunshine…
TBA

Nov. 14

NEW LINE

Highwaymen
Dec. 3

Dec. 5

PARAMOUNT

School of Rock
Oct. 3

Fall

Sahara
Summer ’04

The

World of Tomorrow

Summer ’04

The

Manchurian Candidate

Fall ’04

Mission: Impossible

3

TBA

May 21

The Blackout Murders
TBA

Fall

UNIVERSAL

Honey

Nov. 14

Jan. 16

Love

Actually

Nov. 21

Nov. 7

Red indicates new entry

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

 

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