'Elektra' hoping to cash in on comicbook auds

COMICBOOKS GO COLD

While several comicbook pics such as ‘Spider-Man’ have excelled at the box office, many have fallen short of expectations recently. With schools off for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, ‘Elektra’ is aiming to avoid that fate.

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Opening Final B.O.*                     

League of Extraordinary…  

23 66
Hellboy 

23 59
Blade: Trinity 

16 51
Catwoman 

17 40
The Punisher 

14 34
*in millions of $

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Elektra (20th) 3,204
Racing Stripes (WB) 3,185
Coach Carter (Par) 2,524
Appleseed (Geneon) 31
Alexandra’s Project (Film Movement) 3
The Chorus (Miramax) NY, LA 2
In Good Company (U) 3 – 1,565
House of Flying Daggers (Sony Classics) 142 – 1,000
The Phantom of the Opera (WB)

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
145

’04

thru Jan. 11

165

+14%

’05

thru Jan. 9

1. Elektra

2. Coach Carter

3. Meet the Fockers

4. Racing Stripes

5. White Noise

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of Jan. 13
Pic New date Old date
BUENA VISTA
Herbie: Fully Loaded June 24 June 3
Sky High July 27 TBA
INNOVATION FILM GROUP
Citizen Verdict March Jan.
Modigliani March Dec.
MAGNOLIA
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior Feb. 11 Feb.
NEW LINE
King’s Ransom April 22 Feb. 25
NEWMARKET
Daybreak Feb. 2  
PARAMOUNT

Sahara April 8 March 25
SONY

The Lords of Dogtown June 3 June 10
Red indicates new entry

Source: Nielsen EDI Filmsource

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