HomeFilmBox Office Weekend Box Office PreviewMay 14, 2004 Variety Staff Follow Us on Twitter @Variety Share This Article LinkedIn Email Print Talk May 13, 2004 | 09:16PM PT WB's 'Troy' muscles into theaters as 'Helsing' faces sophomore downtick FROM TOPPER TO DROPPER Universal hopes “Van Helsing’s” second weekend downtick is on par with “Spider-Man’s” – not the precipitous sophomore drops of other May tentpoles. MAY SECOND-WEEKEND DROPS* Pic (Year) % Drop X2 (’03) 53 Matrix Reloaded (’03) 50 Mummy Returns (’01) 50 The Mummy (’99) 43 Deep Impact (’98) 43 Spider-Man (’02) 38 *excludes Memorial Day bows, which experience sharp drops due to the four-day vs. three-day weekend comparison BOWING Movie Title Engagements Troy (WB) 3,411 Breakin’ All the Rules (Sony/Screen Gems) 1,318 A Day Without a Mexican (Televisa) 55 Carandiru (Sony Classics) LA, NY 6 Coffee and Cigarettes (MGM) 5 A Slipping Down Life (Lions Gate) 5 With All Deliberate Speed (Camera Planet/Discovery) 5 American Reunion (Filmmates) 5 Strayed (Wellspring) NY 2 After Freedom (Vitagraph) LA 2 Springtime in a Small Town (Palm) NY 2 The Last Place on Earth (Panorama) 1 The 24th Day (Screen Media) NY 1 YEAR TO DATE (in billions of $) 2.6 ’03 (thru May 11) 2.8 +8% ’04 (thru May 9) 1. Troy 2. Van Helsing 3. Mean Girls 4. Breakin’ All… 5. Man on Fire 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 May 13 Movie Title New date Old date FOX SEARCHLIGHT I Heart Huckabees Oct. 15 Kinsey Nov. 12 MAGNOLIA Control Room May 21 PALM Last Life in the Universe Aug. 6 Sept. 3 Reconstruction Sept. 10 July 14 UNIVERSAL Synergy (exclusive bow) Dec. 29 Synergy (wide bow) Jan. 14 WELLSPRING Seducing Doctor Lewis June 25 July 2 Nathalie 1st qtr. ’05 Sept. Red indicates new entry Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY. Post A Comment 0 Jill Soloway’s ‘I Love Dick’ Brings the ‘Female Gaze’ to Emmy Voters A Year After ‘Birth of a Nation,’ Fox Searchlight Lines Up Oscar Season Players Academy Renews CEO Dawn Hudson’s Contract Through June 2020 Emmys: Variety Talk and Sketch Races Make for a Tale of Two Categories 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.