Four pics vie for big August bows

AUGUST BLOWOUT

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Last August, the month’s average wide bow had doubled compared with five years ago, thanks to such hits as “S.W.A.T.,” “Freddy vs. Jason” and “American Wedding.” Today, four wide releases will begin fueling the summer box office’s final month.

AVERAGE AUGUST WIDE OPENER*
7.5
 
 
 
16.0
1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
*in millions of $

BOWING
Movie

Title

Engagements
The Village (BV) 3,730
The Manchurian Candidate (Par) 2,867
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (New Line) 2,135
Thunderbirds (U) 2,057
She Hate Me (Sony Classics)* NY, LA 11
Garden State (Fox Searchlight)* NY, LA 9
Intimate Strangers (Par Classics) NY, LA 5
Proteus (Strand) NY 2
Transfixed (Picture This) NY 1
Gozu (Picture This) NY 1

YEAR TO DATE
(in

billions of $)

5.1

’03

(thru July 27)

5.4

+6%

’04

(thru July 25)

1. The Village

2. The Bourne Supremacy

3. Manchurian Candidate

4. Harold & Kumar

5. I, Robot

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of July 15
Movie Title
New date

Old date

FOCUS FEATURES

Shaun of the Dead Sept. 24 Sept. 17
INDICAN

L.A. Twister Aug. 13 Aug.
Face Oct. Aug.
LIONS GATE

Saw Oct. 1 Sept. 17
MGM

The Woods Sept. 2 ’05 Oct. 1
MIRAMAX

Cursed Feb. 25 Oct. 1
Sin City April 1
NEW LINE

Cellular Sept. 10 Sept. 17
Birth Nov. 5 Fall
UNIVERSAL

American Gangster Nov. 4 ’05 June 3 ’05
WARNER BROS

…The Phantom of the Opera Dec. 25 Dec.
WELLSPRING

Goodbye Dragon Inn Sept. 17 Nov.
In The Realms of the Unreal Dec. 22
 

Red indicates new entry

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

 
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