Weekend Box Office Preview<br>Dec. 9, 2005

'Narnia' turning page on December B.O. records

FANTASTIC VOYAGES

Today Disney discovers if ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ will emulate the success of former December lit hit ‘The Lord of the Rings.’

Pic (year)

 

Domestic B.O. opening*

LOTR: Return of the King (’03)    73 
LOTR: The Two Towers (’02)   62
LOTR: Fellowship of the Rings (’01)    47
Meet the Fockers (’04)    46
Cast Away (’00)   40

BOWING
Movie

Title

Engagements
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion… (BV/Walden) 3,616
Neal n’ Nikki (Yash Raj)

40

Memoirs of a Geisha (Sony)

8

Mrs. Henderson Presents (Weinstein Co.) NY, LA
6

Brokeback Mountian (Focus) NY, LA, SF

5

The World’s Fastest Indian (Magnolia) NY, LA
3

Go For Zucker! (First Run) Houston, Dallas

2

Marebito (Tartan) NY, LA 2
Isn’t This a Time (7th Arts) NY 1
EXPANDING
Syriana (WB) 9 – 1,752

YEAR

TO DATE

(in

billions of $)

8.4

’04

(thru Dec. 5)

7.9

-6%

’05

(thru Dec. 4 )

1.The Chronicles of Narnia

2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

3. Aeon Flux

4. Walk the Line

5. Yours, Mine and Ours

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RELEASE

DATES AND CHANGES

As

of Dec. 8

Movie Title
New date

Old date

FOX SEARCHLIGHT

Night Watch Feb. 17 1st qtr.
Thank You for Smoking March 17  
MIRAMAX

The Heart of the Game
June 14

 
THINKFILM

Awesome: I Fuckin’ Shot That March 31  
The King
May 5

Loverboy
June 2

THE WEINSTEIN CO.

Master of the Crimson Armor Dec. 23 Dec. 16
Hoodwinked Dec. 16 Dec. 23
Stormbreaker Aug. 18  
WARNER BROS.

The Lake House June 16 Feb. 3

Red indicates new entry  

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

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