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Oct. 28, 2005

Sequels search for more fortune at B.O.

SEQUELITIS

Sequels have fallen into a recession at the B.O. after peaking a year ago with ‘Shrek 2’ and ‘Spider-Man 2.’ Lions Gate’s ‘Saw II’ and Sony’s ‘The Legend of Zorro’ are two of the last four sequels this year.

Year 
Domestic B.O.*

2000   0.6 
2001   1.2
2002   1.3
2003   1.9
2004   2.0
2005   1.1
 *in billions of $ for the domestic play period comparison of Jan.-mid Oct. .

BOWING
Movie

Title

Engagements
The Legend of Zorro

(Sony/Spyglass)

3,520
Saw II (Lions Gate)

2,9449

Prime (U)

1,831

The Weather Man (par)
1,510

Thee Extremes (Lions Gate)

19

New York Doll (First Ind.) NY, LA
5

Paradise Now (Warner Ind.) NY, LA

4

The Passenger (re) (Sony Classics) NY 2
Balletts Russes (Zeitgeist)* NY 1
*bowed Wednesday  

YEAR

TO DATE

(in

billions of $)

7.3

’04

(thru Oct. 24)

6.8

-7%

’05

(thru Oct. 23 )

1. Saw II

2. Legend of Zorro

3. Doom

4. Dreamer

5. Wallace & Gromit

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RELEASE

DATES AND CHANGES

As

of Oct. 27

Movie Title
New date

Old date

INNOVATION FILM GROUP

Winter Passing Feb. 17 Oct. 28
Find Me Guilty March 17 undated
Killer Diller April Nov. 4
Goose!
TBA

Dec. 2
FOX

Tristan & Isolde Jan. 13 Feb. 3
Date Movie Feb. 10 Jan. 13
Fantastic Four 2
Jan. 4, ’07

LIONS GATE

Hostel Dec. 21  
A Good Woman Feb. 3 Dec. 2
Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man May  
MIRAMAX

Tsotsi Feb. 24 undated
Kinky Boots
April 14

undated

WEELSPRING

Good Morning, Night Nov. 11 Oct.
Intruder Dec. 23  
Unknown White Male Feb. 17 Oct.

Red indicates new entry  

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

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