Openers hoping to draw Oscar-bound auds

OVERCOMING OSCAR DAZE
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Except for last year, the Oscar ceremony has taken a bite out of the Sunday box ofice, with the day’s ticket sales falling off from the previous week. The tentpole effect of ‘The Passion of the Christ’ drove the Oscar Sunday B.O. to a five-year high.

OSCAR SUNDAY B.O.*

2000 

    20
2001 

    20
2002 
    35
2003 
    24
2004 

 

  45

*in millions of $

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Cursed (Miramax) 2,805
Man of the House (Sony) 2,422
Diary of a Mad Black Woman (Lions Gate) 387
Up & Down (Sony Classics) NY, LA 6
Deep Throat (re) (C.E.D.) LA, SF 3
One More Round (Silver Plane) LA 2
The Other Side of the Street (Strand) NY 1
Window Theory (American World) LA 1

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
989

’04

thru Feb. 23

1,122

+14%

’05

thru Feb. 21

1. Constantine

2. Hitch

3. Cursed

4. Because of Winn-Dixie

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. 24
Pic New date Old date
DREAMWORKS
Transformers Nov. 17 ’06  
NEW LINE
The Upside of Anger April 1  
Domino Aug. 12 undated
The Man Sept. 9 undated
A History of Violence Sept. 30 undated
PARAMOUNT
The Honeymooners Summer July 15
Four Brothers Aug. 12 Summer
PARAMOUNT CLASSICS
Mad Hot Ballroom May 13  
Hustle & Flow July 15  
Asylum TBA May 13
SONY
The Legend of Zorro Oct. 28 Nov. 4
All the King’s Men Dec. 16 4th qtr.
WARNER BROS.
Happy Feet Nov. 17 ’06  
WELLSPRING
Palindromes May 6  
Red indicates new entry

Source: Nielsen EDI Filmsource

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