Weekend Box Office Preview
December 22, 2004

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
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.

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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  
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