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March 18, 2005

'Ring' franchise looking for repeat B.O. numbers

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DreamWorks turns its 2002 sleeper ‘Ring’ into a franchise today. A look at some of the most successful horror-thriller brands of all time:

TOP HORROR-THRILLER FRANCHISES

Jaws (4 pix)  

    404*
Hannibal Lecter (3)  

   389
The Exorcist (4)  
    331
Friday the 13th (11)† 
    317
Nightmare on Elm Street (8)† 
    307
†’Freddy v. Jason’ counted under both ‘Friday’ and ‘Nightmare’ franchises
*in millions of $

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
The Ring Two (D’Works) 3,332
Ice Princess (BV) 2,501
Steamboy (Triumph) 39
The Helix…Loaded (Romar) 10
Melinda and Melinda (Fox Searchlight) NY 1
Mil;k and Honey (Wellspring) NY 1
The Rider Named Death (Kino) NY 1
Schizo (Picture This) NY 1
Sixteen Years of Alcohol (Tartan) NY 1
EXPANDING
The Upside of Anger (New line) 9-153

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
1.57

’04

thru Mar. 13

1.57

EVEN

’05

thru Mar. 14

1. The Ring 2

2. Robots

3. Ice Princess

4. The Pacifier

5. Be Cool

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of Mar. 17
Pic New date Old date
FOCUS FEATURES
Untitled Jim Jarmusch Aug. 5 undated
IFC FILMS
Rebound July 1 July 22
The Family Stone Nov. 4  
Flicka Feb. 17 ’06  
Aquamarine April 14 ’06  
PARAMOUNT
The Honeymooners June 10 Summer
The Bad News Bears July 22 June 10
Elizabethtown Oct. 14 July 29
SONY
Benchwarmers April 7 ’06  
Click June 23 ’06  
Talladega Nights july 14 ’06  
Ghost Rider Aug. 4 ’06 undated
Zoom Aug. 11 ’06  
Next Dec. 8 ’06  
UNIVERSAL
The Break Up Feb. 17 ’06  
WARNER INDEPENDENT
Paradise Now Sept. 23 Oct. 21
Strangers With Candy Oct. 21 Sept. 23
Red indicates new entry
Source: Nielsen EDI Filmsource

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