Weekend Box Office Preview
Oct. 21, 2005

Fall pix falling flat at B.O.

WHEN THE BOW BREAKS

Despite the autumn B.O. being 3% ahead of the same frame a year ago, the average B.O. for a wide bow has dipped. ‘Elizabethtown’ and ‘Domino’ were the latest soft openers, bowing to $11 million and $5 million, respectively.

Year
Average fall weekend opener*

2000   8.5 
2001   10.0
2002   10.5
2003   12.3
2004   14.6
2005   10.7
 *in millions of $ for pics opening in more than 800 theaters.

BOWING
Movie

Title

Engagements
Doom

(U)

3,044
North Country (WB)

2,555

Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (D’Works)

2,607

Stay (Fox)
1,684

Kids in America (Slow Hand)

701

El Vacillion: The Movie (Televis) NY, Orlando
30

National Lampoon’s Barely Legal (Sony) NY, LA

20

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (WB) 8
Shopgirl (BV) 8
Emmanuel’s Gift (First Look) 6
Ushpuzin (Picturehouse)* NY, LA 6
Wasabi Tuna (re) (Indican) 5
The Protocols of Zion (ThinkFilm) NY, LA 4
Three of Hearts (ThinkFilm)* NY 1
*Bowed Wednesday

YEAR

TO DATE

(in

billions of $)

7.1

’04

(thru Oct. 10)

6.6

-7%

’05

(thru Oct. 9 )

1. Doom

2. Wallace & Gromit

3. Elizabethtown

4. The Fog

5. Dreamer

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RELEASE

DATES AND CHANGES

As

of Oct. 20

Movie Title
New date

Old date

FOCUS FEATURES

Pride and Prejudice Nov. 11 Nov. 18
FOX

The Family Stone Dec. 16 Nov. 11
PICTUREHOUSE

Tristram Shandy Jan. 27 Nov. 4
Factotum Feb. 24 Feb. 3
The Notorious Bettie Page
April 14

March 10

Fur Fall ’06 June
Mongol
March ’07

Nov. ’06

SONY

All the King’s Men TBA Dec. 16
SONY CLASSICS

The White Countess Dec. 21 Dec. 16
UNIVERSAL

American Dreamz April 14  
Flight 93 April 28  
WARNER BROS.

Firewall Feb. 10  

Red indicates new entry  

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource
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