Warner betting auds will be sweet on PG 'Chocolate'

GENERAL AUDS SET THEIR LIMITS

Warner Bros.’ ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ is hoping to change the fate of PG-rated bows in July. PGs haven’t set an opening record for the month since 1999.

Pic (Year)

 

Domestic B.O.*

Runaway Bride (’99)    35 
Spy Kids 3-D (’03)    33
Inspector Gadget (’99)    22
Cats and Dogs (’01)    22
Contact (’97)

 

 21

 *in millions of $

BOWING
Movie

Title

Engagements
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

(WB)

3,770

Wedding Crashers (New Line)

2,925

Happy Endings (Lions Gate)

52

The Warrior (Miramax) LA, NY

4

Memories of Murder (Palm) NY

1

On the Outs (Fader) NY*

1

The Reception (Srand) NY

1

Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus (Shadow) NY* 1

*Bowed Wed

YEAR

TO DATE

(in

billions of $)

4.9

’04

(thru July 11)

4.5

-8%

’05

(thru July 10)

=109 align=center class=content> 1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

2. Wedding Crashers

3. Fantastic Four

4. War of the Worlds

5. Batman Begins

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RELEASE

DATES AND CHANGES

As

of July 14

Movie Title

New date

Old date

FOX

The Sentinel April 21  

FOX SEARCHLIGHT

Night Watch

4th qtr.

July 29

NEW LINE

Domino

Oct. 14

Aug. 19

UNIVERSAL

Jarhead

Nov. 4

Nov. 11

WARNER INDEPENDENT

March of the Penguins (exp) Aug. 5  
Everything is Illuminated Sept. 23  
Good Night, And, Good Luck Oct. 7 May
Paradise Now

Oct. 28

Oct. 14

Looking For Comedy in the… Jan. 20  
Duck Season March  
Untitled Douglas McGrath

Sept. ’06

Sept. ’05

Red indicates new entry  

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

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