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December 29, 2004

'Fockers' a lock for repeat on slow holiday weekend

NEW YEAR’S RUNS AT NO. 1

‘Meet the Fockers’ has a good chance of grabbing the top spot at the box office again, as New Year’s weekend is often won by pics already in play because the majors avoid unspooling any new wide releases.

HOLIDAY WEEKEND B.O. REPEATS

Pic (date range)
Weeks in release Weekend B.O.*

Cast Away (Dec. 29 ’00 – Jan. 1 ’01)

2
40

LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dec. 28 – 30, ’01)  

2
39

Titanic(Jan. 2 -4, ’98)  

3
33
LOTR: Return of the King (Jan. 2 – 4, ’04)
3
28

LOTR: The Two Towers (Jan. 3 – 5, ’03)

3
 

25
  *in

millions of $  

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
A Love Song for Bobby Long (Lions Gate)* NY, LA

8

The Assassination of Richard Nixon (ThinkFilm)* NY, LA

5

The Merchant of Venice (Sony Classics)* NY, LA

4

In Good Company (U)* NY, LA, Toronto

3

Sky Blue (Maxmedia) LA 1
Beyond the Sea (Lions Gate)* 6 – 383
*Bowed Wed.

YEAR TO DATE*
(in billions of $)
8.8

’03

(thru Dec. 28)

 

6.98.9

+1%

’04
(thru Dec. 26)

RELEASE

DATES AND CHANGES

As

of Dec. 30

Pic
New date

Old date

MGM

Jiminy Glick in La La Wood
Feb. 25

Madison
April 22

MIRAMAX

Mindhunters
May 13

March 11

REGENT

Beautiful Boxer
Jan. 21

Jan.

SONY

Steamboy
March 18

Red indicates new entry                            

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

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