'Batman' looks to re-take franchise crown for WB

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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

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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.

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