After slow start, 'Kong' looking for B.O. boost

THE WEIGHT OF WEDNESDAY

Despite falling short of ‘Lord of the Rings’ first-day gross, Universal hopes ‘King Kong’ emulates the success of previous lower-grossing Wednesday openers.

Pic
Wed. B.O.*
5-day*
Final*

LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring (’01)

18.5
75
315

Pirates of the Caribbean (’03)
13.5
71
305
Armageddon (’98)
9.7
54
202
King Kong (’05)
9.7
?
?
  *in

millions of $  

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
King Kong (U) 3,568
The Family Stone

(20th)

2,465

Bluff Master (UTV) 43
The Producers (U) 6
The Three Burials of Malquiades Estrada (Sony Classics) NY, LA 5
Happy Here and Now (IFC) NY, LA 2
Electric Shadows (First Run) NY 1
The Grace Lee Project (Women Make Movies) NY 1
Hoodwinked (Weinstein Co.) LA 1
EXPANDING
Brokeback Mountain (Focus) 5 – 69
Memoirs of a Geisha (Sony) 8 – 52

YEAR TO DATE*
(in billions of $)

8.5

2004

thru Dec. 12

 

8.1

-5%


2005

thru Dec. 11

1. King Kong

2. Chronicles of Narnia

3. The Family Stone

4. Syriana

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of Dec. 15
Movie Title
New date
Old date

BUENA VISTA
Stay Alive
March 24

FOX
Night at the Museum

Dec. 22 ’06

INTL. FILM CIRCUIT
Tamara Feb. 3  
Shakespeare Behind Bars March 10  
Beyond Honor
March 24

LIONS GATE
Skinwalkers

Dec. ’06

SONY
Ultraviolet Feb. 24  
Ghost Rider

Feb. 16 ’07

July 14

THE WEINSTEIN CO.
Hoodwinked Dec. 16 Dec. 23
The Matador Dec. 30 Dec. 23
*New entries in red

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