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February 11, 2005

'Hitch' hopes to lure Valentine's Day auds

BOX OFFICE KISSES

Last year, Sony’s ’50 First Dates’ led romantic laffers to an all-time high at the winter B.O. The studio is aiming to swoon Valentine’s Day auds again with the Will Smith headliner ‘Hitch.’

ROMANTIC COMEDIES AND WINTER B.O.*

2000 

    23
2001 

    131
2002 
    58
2003 
    232
2004 

 

  263

*in millions of $

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Hitch (Sony) 3,575
Pooh’s Heffalump Movie (Buena Vista) 2,529
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (Magnolia) 387
Uncle Nino (Lange) 190
Bride and Prejudice (Miramax) 32
Inside Deep Throat (Universal) 12
Blackball (First Look)* 8
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Shadow)* 5
*bowed Wednesday

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
700

’04

thru Feb. 8

777

+14%

’05

thru Feb. 6

1. Hitch

2. Pooh’s Heffalump Movie

3. Boogeyman

4. The Wedding Date

5. Million Dollar Baby

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.

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of Feb. 10
Pic New date Old date
FOX SEARCHLIGHT
Roll Bounce July 1 Sept. 16
FOCUS FEATURES
Unleashed May 13 April 8
Cry Wolf Aug. 26  
MIRAMAX
Deep Blue 3rd quarter April
NEW LINE
The Wedding Crashers July 15 July 22
SONY PICTURES
The Cave Aug. 19 April 8
Fun With Dick and Jane Dec. 21 June 24
SONY CLASSICS
Kung Fu Hustle March 25 March 18
Layer Cake April 29 April 15
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX
Fever Pitch April 8 April 15
Fantastic Four July 8 July 1
Rebound July 22 April 8
UNIVERSAL
Miami Vice July 28 ’06  
Red indicates new entry
Source: Nielsen EDI Filmsource

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