HomeFilmBox Office Weekend Box Office Preview December 22, 2004 Variety Staff Follow Us on Twitter @Variety Share This Article LinkedIn Email Print Talk December 21, 2004 | 05:30PM PT Studios prepare to 'Meet' holiday auds YULE RULES December might be a slow month at the box office, but Christmas week has shown time and again to be the strongest B.O. frame, towering over popular holiday weeks in the summer. Holiday weeks’ average weekly B.O.* Christmas 275 Independence Day 239 Memorial Day 218 *in millions of $ BOWING Movie Title Engagements Meet the Fockers (U)* 3,518 Fat Albert (20th)** 2,000 est. Darkness (Miramax)** 1,700 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera (WB)* 622 Hotel Rwanda (MGM)* NY, LA, Chi 7 The Woodsman (Newmarket) 6 In the Realms of the Unreal (Wellspring) NY, SF 3 EXPANDING The Life Aquatic… (BV)** 2 – 1,105 The Aviator (Miramax) 41 – 1,620 *bowed Wed. **bows Christmas Day YEAR TO DATE (in billions of $) 8.5 ’03 thru Dec. 21 8.7 +2% ’04 thru Dec. 19 1. Meet the Fockers 2. Lemony Snicket… 3. The Aviator 4. Fat Albert 5. Ocean’s Twelve AOL Moviefone derives its Top Five Most Requested films from activity on its Web site. The Top Five have historically been 80% accurate in predicting the weekend’s top five movies at the box office. Visit Moviefone View opening films RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES As of Dec. 21 Pic New date Old date GENEOM ENTERTAINMENT Appleseed Jan. 14 IFC FILMS Nobody Knows Feb. 4 Jan. 28 Dust to Glory April 1 April 8 MGM Beauty Shop March 30 April 1 Into the Blue July 15 Aug. 19 NEW LINE Birth* Jan. 7 King’s Ransom Feb. 25 March 11 PALM PICTURES Gunner Palace Oct. 21 SONY The Fog Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Zathura Nov. 23 Dec. 21 WELLSPRING Palindromes April 15 ZEITGEIST FILMS Travellers and Magicians Jan. 7 Red indicates new entry Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY. Post A Comment 0 Film ‘Star Wars’ Cast: Then and Now (Photos) Music Soundgarden Frontman Chris Cornell Laid to Rest TV Fox News Insists Sean Hannity Will Return to Show TV The Stars of ‘Baywatch’: Then and Now (Photos) Could a Perfect Storm Help Push Elisabeth Moss to Her First Emmy Win? Cannes Awards: Controversial Swedish Satire ‘The Square’ Wins Palme d’Or Cannes: Predicting This Year’s Palme d’Or Winner and Other Awards Why This Year’s Cannes Lineup May Be Too Edgy for Oscar Variety Jobs Creative Development Coordinator Triptyk Studios, New York, New York Account/Project Coordinator (Ad Agency) Petrol Advertising, Burbank, California Media Specialist Bridgewater Associates, Westport, Connecticut Executive Director, Aspen Film Company Confidential, Aspen, Colorado Associate Director, YouTuber & Gamer Partnerships Save the Children, Fairfield, Connecticut See More Jobs Marketplace Leave a Reply No Comments Cancel reply Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications. Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google+ account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.