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Weekend Box Office Preview
October 3, 2003

Film bows, release dates, changes

FALL FAMILY FARE
While family pics are the staples of a November sked, kid-friendly films have a harder time appealing to the masses during September and October. Today, Par’s “School of Rock” vies to become an exception to the rule.
 Pic (Year)   
Opening B.O.*               Final domestic B.O.*
 Antz (’98)
17  91 
 Cool Runnings (’93)  
7  69
 The Nightmare Before Christmas (’93) 
0.1  50
 The Beverly Hillbillies (’93)  
10  44
 Jonah: A Veggies Tale (’02)  
6  26
 *in millions of $; September & October, 1993 – 2002

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Out of Time (MGM) 3,076
School of Rock (Par)
2,614
Concert for George (Arenaplex)
104

The Event (ThinkFilm) NY, LA, SF
9
Wonderland (Lions Gate) NY, LA
5
The Station Agent (Miramax) NY, LA
3
Lost in Translation (Focus)
488-864

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
6.7

’02
(thru Sept. 29)

6.5
-3%

’03
(thru Sept. 28)
Note: first Jan.

weekend is end of previous B.O. year.

1. School of Rock

2. Out of Time

3. The Rundown

4. Under the Tuscan Sun

5. Underworld

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of Oct. 2
Movie Title
New date
Old date
DREAMWORKS
Terminal June 18 July 16
LIONS GATE
The Cookout
Summer
MANHATTAN PICTURES
Off the Map
March
Fall
MGM
Walking Tall
April 9
April 16
PALM PICTURES
The Flower of Evil
October 10
October 17
PARAMOUNT CLASSICS
The Singing Detective
October 24
October 17
TLA
Nine Dead Gay Guys
October 17
October 3

Red indicates new entry
Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

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