HomeFilmBox Office Weekend Box Office PreviewSept. 9, 2005 Email Print +Talk +G+ +Tweets September 8, 2005 | 05:42PM PT Pics hoping to laff all the way to the bank Variety Staff COMEDIES LOOK TO REBOUND photos/charts/preview_theman.jpg” vspace=”0″ hspace=”0″> ‘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 AOL Moviefone derives its Top Five Most Requested films from activity on its Web site. The Top Five have historically been 80% accurate in predicting the weekend’s top five movies at the box office. Visit Moviefone View opening films 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 Want Entertainment News First? Sign up for Variety Alerts and Newsletters! Post A Comment 0 Most Popular 1 Film 11:28PM PT Sony Making Live-Action 'Fire… 2 Film 10:40PM PT Some Oscar Surprises Still… 3 TV 10:13PM PT Stephen Colbert Signs Off… 4 TV 9:30PM PT Stephen Colbert Signs Off… 5 Film 5:38PM PT Sony Could Lose $75 Million… Variety Jobs Assistant Professor, Film University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida Film Department Full-Time Faculty Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida Business Affairs Executive MRC, Beverly Hills, California Department Head, Cinema & Television Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Director, Marketing Entertainment One, Los Angeles, California See More Jobs Marketplace Leave a Reply No Comments Cancel reply Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications. Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google+ account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.