Pics hoping to laff all the way to the bank

COMEDIES LOOK TO REBOUND

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‘The Man’ is the first of seven wide-release laffers that hopes to brighten the genre’s prospects this fall. Last year, a slew of lukewarm comedies was all too prevalent.

Year 

Average Fall Comedy opening *

2000   12.3 
2001   10.7
2002   17.7
2003   17.5
2004

 

 7.5

 *in millions of $ for wide release post-Labor Day through mid-November.

BOWING
Movie

Title

Engagements
The Exorcism of Emily Rose

(Sony)

2,981

The Man (New Line)

2,040

An Unfinished Life (Miramax)

139

Salaam Namaste (Yash Raji)

63

Cote d’Azur (Strand)

11

Mobsters and Mormons (Hallestone) Utah

15

Answering the Call: Ground Zero’s… (Illuminaire)

8

Green Street Hooligans (Odd Lot/Freestyle) NY, LA, Chi 7
Campofire (Film Movement) NY 5
Touch the Sound (Shadow)* NY 2
Steal Me (Cineville) NY 1
Walking the Sky (CTE) NY 1

*Bowed Wed

YEAR

TO DATE

(in

billions of $)

6.5

’04

(thru Sept. 6)

6.0

-7%

’05

(thru Sept. 5)

1. The Exorcism of Emily Rose

2. The 40-Year-Old Virgin

3. Transporter 2

4. The Man

5. Red Eye

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RELEASE

DATES AND CHANGES

As

of Sept. 8

Movie Title

New date

Old date

FILM MOVEMENT

Campfire Sept. 9  

FIRST LOOK PICTURES

Dirty Love Sept. 23 Sept. 16
Emmanuel’s Gift

OCt. 21

Sept. 16

INNOVATION

Crazy Like a Fox

TBD

Sept. 16

LIONS GATE

In the Mix (AKA ‘Dying for Dolly’)

TBD

Nov. 23

MIRAMAX

Proof Sept. 23  

UNIVERSAL

First Descent Dec. 2  

WARNER BROS.

North Country Oct. 21 Oct. 14

Red indicates new entry  

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

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