'Hitchhiker,' 'XXX' starting summer early

JUMPSTARTING SUMMER
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Last year, April’s final weekend B.O. take looked more like a summer frame. Today, ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ and the ‘XXX’ sequel are anticipating that summer comes early again.

FINAL WEEKEND B.O. FOR APRIL *

100




70


65

64

62

83

68

86

92

103

2002
2003 2002 2003 2002 2003 2002 2003

*in millions of $

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
XXX: State of the Union (Sony/Revolution) 3,480
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (BV/Spyglass)
3,133
Ladies in Lavender (Roadside Attractions) NY, LA 22
Death of a Dynasty (TLA)
16
Come Away Home (AFP) 10
3-Iron (Sony Classics) LA,NY
7
Finding Home (Castle Hill) Fla. 5
Another Road Home (Geoquest) NY
2
The Holy Girl (HBO/Fine Line) 2
The Tunnel (Avatar) NY
2
A Tout de Suite (Cinema Guild) NY 1

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
2.5


’02
(thru April 21)

2.4

-4%

’03
(thru April 20)

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1. XXX: State of the Union

2. The Interpreter

3. Hitchhiker’s Guide…

4. The Amityville Horror

5. Sahara

These are the top 5 most requested films from activity on Moviefone’s Web site and requests from callers. The top five has 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 April 28
Pic
New date
Old date
DREAMWORKS
Bee Movie
Nov. 2 ’07
IDP DISTRIBUTION
Saint Ralph
June 10
Spring
ILLUMINARE ENTERTAINMENT
Now & Forever June 3  
KINO
Or (My Treasure)
June 1
June
PALM PICTURES
Cronicas July 8 July
The Ordeal
Fall
July 10
WARNER BROS.
Batman Begins
June 15
June17
Red indicates new entry

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

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