Weekend Box Office Preview
Sept. 23, 2005

Limited pix 'Violence,' 'Twist' aiming big

AUTUMN’S ARTHOUSE AVERAGES

Two platform releases, New Line’s “A History of Violence” and Sony’s “Oliver Twist,” bow this weekend. Last year, fall was a particularily good season for limited fare, with three posting stellar screen averages.

Pic (Opening weekend theaters)

 

Opening theater average*

Punch-Drunk Love (5)    $73,441 
I Heart Hucakbees (4)    73,044
American Beauty (16)    53,846
Motorcycle Diaries (3)    53,276
Sideways (4)

 

 51,761
 

BOWING
Movie

Title

Engagements
Flightplan (BV) 3,424
Roll Bounce (Fox Searchlight)

1,625

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon (Imax)

82

Dirty Love (First Look)
45

Dil jo bhi kalbey (Enos)

32

Seven Dias (Televisa)
29

Proud (Castle Hill) DC, Baltimore

19

A History of Violence (New Line) 14
Daltry Calhoun (Miramax) 13
Dear Wendy (Wellspring) 7
Oliver Twist (Sony) NY, LA, Tor. 5
EXPANDING
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (Touchstone)

5 – 3,204

YEAR

TO DATE

(in

billions of $)

6.7

’04

(thru Sept. 19)

6.2

-7%

’05

(thru Sept. 18)

1. Corpse Bride

2. Roll Bounce

3. Just Like Heaven

4. Exorcism of Emily Rose

5. Flightplan

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RELEASE

DATES AND CHANGES

As

of Sept. 22

Movie Title
New date

Old date

DREAMWORKS

Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the… Oct. 5 Oct. 7
FOX

Yankee Irving
Aug. 25

FOX SEARCHLIGHT

Imagine Me and You
Feb. 10

LIONS GATE

A Good Woman Dec. 2 undated
Akeelah and the Bee April 28 undated
Hard Candy
2nd qtr.

Dec. 23

NEW LINE

Final Destination 3 Feb. 10 Feb. 24
PARAMOUNT

Untitled World Trade Center Aug. 11  
Beowulf
Nov. 21, ’07

NEW LINE

Munich Jan. 6  
The Untitled Outkast Movie Jan. 6  
Nanny McPhee Jan. 27 undated
Slither March 31 Jan. 6
You, Me and Dupree
July 14

Aug. 4

Red indicates new entry  

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource
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