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June 24, 2005

Tentpole hits outnumbering B.O. misses so far this year

TENTPOLES FIRM UP

This year’s box office might be trailing last year’s, but the first six months of 2005 boast more tentpoles and fewer misfires.

Year       Number of pix
2001

  8
    10
2002

  8
    7
2003

  11
    7
2004   7
 

  16
2005   10
 

  7
 
Red = Pics grossing $100 mil+, Blue = Pics grossing < $20 mil

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Herbie: Fully Loaded (BV)* 3,521
Bewitched (Sony) 3,174
Land of the Dead (U) 2,249
Rize (Lions Gate) 352
Peheli (Eros) 60
Yes (Sony Classics) NY, LA 7
March of the Penguins (Warner Ind.) NY, LA 4
Lila Says (Samuel Goldwyn) NY 2
Drivers Wanted (Pillen’s Farm) NY 1
Elevators to the Gallows (re) (Rialto) NY 1
The Last Mogul (ThinkFilm) LA 1
* bowed Wednesday  

YEAR TO DATE
(in millions of $)
4.1

’04

thru June 20

3.8

-7%

’05

thru June 19

1. Batman Begins

2. Mr. and Mrs. Smith

3. Bewitched

4. Land of the Dead

5. Herbie: Fully Loaded

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of June 23
Pic New date Old date
EROS
No Entry April 2 April 16
FOX SEARCHLIGHT
Seperate Lives February 7  
MAGNOLIA PICTURES
Pulse (Kairo) Aug. 12  
Nine Lives Sept. 2  
Keane Sept. 9  
Evil Oct. 14  
Somersault Oct. 28  
NEW LINE
Domino Nov. 23 Nov. 4
PALM PICTURES
Clean Sept. Sept. 9
The Heart is Deceitful… Nov.  
Red indicates new entry
Source: Nielsen EDI Filmsource

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