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December 17, 2004

'Lemony' leading pic pack in race for holiday coin

HOLIDAY RUSH

Mixing holiday business and Oscar-entry deadlines, studios will flood theaters with eight wide releases, matching the 2001 high. Today, three entries, led by ‘Lemony Snicket,’ will try to get a leg up before the Christmas onslaught.

NO. OF WIDE RELEASES*

2000 

    5
2001 

   8
2002 
    6
2003 
    6
2004 

 

  8

*in millions of $

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (Par) 3,620
Flight of the Phoenix (20th) 2,604
Spanglish (Sony) 2,438
Swedes (UTV) 75
The Aviator (Miramax) 40
The Sea Inside (Fine Line) 23
Beyond the Sea (Lions Gate) NY, LA 6
Imaginary Heroes (Sony Classics) NY, LA 2
EXPANDING
Closer (Sony) 622 – 1,090

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
8.3

’03

thru Dec. 14

7.5
+2%

’04

thru Dec. 12

1. Lemony Snicket…

2. Ocean’s Twelve

3. Spanglish

4. Blade: Trinity

5. Flight of the Phoenix

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of Dec. 16
Pic New date Old date
BUENA VISTA
Valiant April 15  
FOCUS
Assault on Precint 13 Jan. 19 Jan. 21
MGM
The Pink Panther Sept. 23 July 22
PARAMOUNT
The Honeymooners March 11 TBA
SONY
Freedomland Jan. 13 ’06  
SONY CLASSICS
Kung Fu Hustle March 18 March 25
UNIVERSAL
Inside Deep Throat Feb. 11  
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