Weekend Box Office Preview
October 24, 2003

'Scary' looks to slash 'Chainsaw'

SCARED

SILLY

Comedies and horror-thrillers have vied closely for autumn’s auds.

Laffers have the upper hand this season, generating $189 million –

18% more than horror-thrillers. Today, Dimension’s “Scary Movie

3″ aims to unseat last weekend’s No. 1 champ “Texas Chainsaw

Massacre.”


HORROR-THRILLERS VS.

COMEDY AT THE FALL B.O.*

1998  

125


160

1999  

350


140

2000  

170


340

2001  

230


225

2002  

351


319

*in millions of $ for post-Labor Day – pre-Thanksgiving

play period.

Horror-ThrillersComedy

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Scary Movie

3 (Dimension)

3,505
Radio (Sony)

3,074

Beyond Borders

(Par)

1,798
In the Cut

(Sony/Screen Gems) NY, LA

6

Elephant

(Fine Line) NY, LA

6
The Singing Detective

(Par Classics) NY, LA

5
The Party’s

Over

(Film Movement)
NY, LA, New Orleans

5
Brother Bear (BV) NY,

LA

2
Sister Helen (Cinema Four) NY

1

YEAR

TO DATE

(in billions of

$)

7.1

’02

(thru Oct. 22)

7.0

-2%

’03

(thru Oct. 23)

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

1. Scary Movie 3

2. Texas Chainsaw…

3. Mystic River

4. Kill Bill Vol. 1

5. Radio

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RELEASE

DATES AND CHANGES

As

of October 23

Pic
New date

Old date

ARTISAN

Dirty Dancing

Havana Nights

Feb. 27 Feb. 13
Marvel’s

Man-Thing

Sept. 3  
FOCUS

Eternal

Sunshine of the…

March 19 TBA
Ned Kelly March 26 March 19
MAGNOLIA PICTURES

On

the Run: Trilogy 1

Dec. 5 October
An

Amazing Couple: Trilogy 2

Dec. 12 October
After

the Life: Trilogy 3

Dec. 19 October
SONY

Secret Window April 23 2nd qtr.
SONY CLASSICS

Good

Bye Lenin!

Feb. 27  
Broken Wings March 12 TBA
Bon Voyage March 26 March 12
Spring,

Summer, Fall, Winter…

April 2  
Young

Adam

April 16  
Carandiru May 7 Feb. 27
Gettin’

the Man’s Foot Outta…

May 28  
The

Mother

May 28  
Facing

Windows

June 11  
Zhou

Yu’s Train

July 2  
Red indicates new entry    

 

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource
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