HomeFilmBox Office Weekend Box Office PreviewJune 17, 2005 Variety Staff Follow Us on Twitter @Variety 0 Share This Article Email LinkedIn Pin It Tumblr June 16, 2005 | 06:00PM PT 'Batman' looks to re-take franchise crown for WB HEROIC GLOBETROTTERS With ‘Batman Begins,’ Warner Bros. has a shot at reclaiming the global B.O. crown for comicbook franchises. TOP COMIC BOOK FRANCHISES Franchise Worldwide B.O.* Spider-Man (2 pix) 1.6 Batman (4 pix) 1.3 Men in Black (2 pix) 1.0 X-Men (2 pix) .7 Superman (4 pix) .6 *in billions of $ OPENINGS Movie Title Engagements Batman Begins (WB)* 3,858 The Perfect Man (U) 2,087 My Summer of Love (Focus) 17 The Deal (Front Street) 8 Heights (Sony Calssics) NY, LA 7 Pure (Indican) NY, LA, Toronto 3 Me and You and Everyone We Know (IFC) NY 1 The Great Water (Picture This) NY 1 The Talent Given Us (Vitagraph) NY 1 EXPANSION Howl’s Moving Castle (BV) 36 – 202 *bowed Wednesday YEAR TO DATE* (in millions of $) 3.9 2004 (thru June 13) 3.6 -8% 2005 (thru June 12) 1. Batman Begins 2. Mr. & Mrs. Smith 3. Madagascar 4. Revenge of the Sith 5. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 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. Visit Moviefone View opening films RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES As of June 16 Movie Title New date Old date FOX Omen 666 June 6 LIONS GATE Hard Candy Dec. 23 undated PALM PICTURES Memories of Murder July 15 June 24 PICTUREHOUSE A Cock and Bull Story Jan. Sept. 30 Factotum Feb. Fur June ’06 undated Mongol Nov. ’06 SONY Underworld: Evolution Jan. 20 Dec. 2 WELLSPRING The Beat My Heart Skipped July 1 July Reel Paradise Aug. 17 Unknown White Male Aug. 26 Aug. 5 Dear Wendy Sept. 23 Sept. Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY. Post A Comment 0 Variety Jobs Creative Development Coordinator Triptyk Studios, New York, New York Account/Project Coordinator (Ad Agency) Petrol Advertising, Burbank, California Media Specialist Bridgewater Associates, Westport, Connecticut Executive Director, Aspen Film Company Confidential, Aspen, Colorado Associate Director, YouTuber & Gamer Partnerships Save the Children, Fairfield, Connecticut See More Jobs Marketplace Leave a Reply No Comments Cancel reply Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications. Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google+ account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.