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October 17, 2003

'Bill,' 'Rock' looking for longevity

SLEEPING

THROUGH AUTUMN

Pics such as “Kill Bill” and “School of Rock”

have bowed to $20 million, begging the question: How long will those

pics’ legs be given that fall wide releases make a third of their

gross in their first weekend?

LONGEST RUNS TO $100 MILLION FOR FALL PICS*

Pic (Year)

 

No.

of weeks to $100 million

Seven

(’95)  

 33

 

American

Beauty (’99)  

 29
First Wives

Club (’96)  

 10
Remember

the Titans (’00)  

 7
The Ring (’02)

 

 5
 *Since 1995

BOWING
Movie

Title

Engagements
Texas Chainsaw

Massacre
(New Line)

3,016
Runaway Jury (20th)

2,815

Veronica Guerin (BV)

472

Returner

(Samuel Goldwyn)

13

Pieces of April (MGM/UA) NY,LA

6

Sylvia

(Focus) NY, LA

3

Khachaturian (7th Art) NY

1

High Times’ Potluck
(David Keith) NY

1

Au Hassard Balthazar
(re)(Rialto) NY

1

9 Dead Gay Guys (TLA) NY

1

EXPANDING
Mystic

River (WB)

13-1,467

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
7.0

’02

(thru Oct. 13)

6.8

-3%

’03

(thru Oct. 12)

Note: first Jan.

weekend is end of previous B.O. year.

1. Runaway Jury

2. The Texas Chainsaw…

3. Kill Bill Vol. 1

4. Mystic River

5. School of Rock

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RELEASE

DATES AND CHANGES

As

of Oct. 16

Movie Title
New date

Old date

DREAMWORKS

Surviving

Christmas

Nov. 24 ’04  
LIONS GATE

The

Cooler

Nov. 26

Nov. 19

Godsend

TBA

4th qtr.

MIRAMAX

Bad

Santa

Dec. 25

Nov. 21

My

Baby’s Daddy*

Jan. 9

1st qtr.

Mindhunters
Jan. 23

Jan. 9

Shaolin

Soccer

March 26

4th qtr.

I’m

Not Scared

April 9

Hero
April 16

Valentin
May 7

2nd qtr.

Zatoichi
June 4

Best

of Youth

July 2

Internal

Affairs

Aug. 20

SONY

Secret Window
2nd qtr.

3rd qtr.

UNIVERSAL

Connie

and Carla

April 16

Thunderbirds
Aug. 6

Summer

Cinderella

Man

Dec. 17 ’04

Meet

the Fockers

Dec. 22 ’04

 

Red indicates new entry  *formerly

My Baby’s Mama

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

 

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