Weekend Box Office Preview<br>July 8, 2005

New releases shooting for 'Fantastic' post-Fourth sesh

FIREWORKS AFTER THE FOURTH

Wide releases bowing after the July 4th frame have boasted long legs in the past several years as much of the summer’s competition has already played out.

Pic (Year)

 

B.O. generated after opening weekend *

Pirates of the Caribbean (’03)    85% 
American Pie (’99)    82%
Road to Perdition (’02)    79%
Cats & Dogs (”01)    77%
Scary Movie (’00)

 

 73%
 *Pics released post-Independence Day weekend .

BOWING
Movie

Title

Engagements
Fantastic Four

(20th)

3,602
Dark Water (BV)

2,657

Cronicas (Palm) NY, LA

9

Murderball (ThinkFilm) NY, LA
8

The Beautiful Country (Sony Classics) NY, LA

6

Saraband (Sony Classics) LA, NY
4

Steve + Sky (Lifesize) NY

1

YEAR

TO DATE

(in

billions of $)

4.7

’04

(thru July 5)

4.3

-18%

’05

(thru July 4)

1. Fantastic Four

2. War of the Worlds

3. Batman Begins

4. Mr. & Mrs. Smith

5. Dark Water

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RELEASE

DATES AND CHANGES

As

of July 7

Movie Title
New date

Old date

DREAMWORKS

Match Point Dec. 25  
FADER FILMS

On the Outs July 13  
MAGNOLIA FILMS

Pulse
Nov.

Aug. 19

Nine Lives
Sept.

PICTUREHOUSE

Ushpizin Oct. 19 Oct. 14
Mongol
Nov. ’06

undated

TELEVISA CINE

Matando Cabos Aug. 26  
7 dias Sept. 23  
La ultima noche Oct. 21  
Ladies Night
Nov. 11

Red indicates new entry  

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

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