'Stranger' calling on Oscar contenders for B.O. brawl

MIDDLE GROSSERS
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This year’s best pic noms — which currently range between $15 million and $55 million at the domestic B.O. — are hoping history repeats itself: Most of last year’s middle-grossing contenders reaped significant gains by Oscar night. Among wide openers this weekend is Sony’s "When a Stranger Calls."

Film      B.O. (in millions of $)
Million Dollar Baby

  8
    65
Sideways

  32
    63
The Aviator

  58
    94
Finding Neverland   33
 

  48
Ray   73
 

  75
 
Red = B.O. at noms, Blue = B.O. by Oscar night

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
When a Stranger Calls (Sony) 2,999
Something New (Foucs) 1,266
The World’s Fastest Indian (Magnolia) 114
A Good Woman (Lionsgate) 35
Suits on the Loose (Halestone) 26
Tamara (Intl. Film Circuit) NY, LA 14
What the Bleep?: Down the Rabbit Hole (Samuel Goldwyn/Roadsie) 8
Three Burials of Malquides Estrada (Sony Classics) N/A
Blossoms of Fire (New Yorker) NY 1
Frequently Asked FAQs (TLA) LA 1
The Tenants (Millennium) NY 1
EXPANDING
Brokeback Mountain (Focus) 1,654 – 2,089
Capote (Sony Classics) 325 – 1,200
Munich (U) 980 – 1,140
Good Night, and Good Luck (Warner Ind.) 105 – 929

YEAR TO DATE
(in millions of $)
5.4

’04

thru July 25

5.0

-7%

’05

thru July 24

1. When a Stranger Calls

2. Something New

3. Big Momma’s House 2

4. Nanny McPhee

5. Underworld: Evolution

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of Feb. 2
Pic New date Old date
LIONSGATE
Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man June 21 May
The U.S. vs. John Lennon July  
The Descent Aug. undated
MIRAMAX
Keeping Up With the Steins May 12  
NEW LINE
Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny Nov. 17 Oct. 27
PARAMOUNT CLASSICS
Babel Oct. 6  
Untitled Noah Baumbach Project Dec.  
SONY
The Holiday Dec. 8  
No Place Like Home Jan. 12 ’07  
Wind Chill Feb. 2 ’07  
THE WEINSTEIN CO.
Pulse July14 March 3
School for Scoundrels Fall July 14
UNIVERSAL
Evan Almighty Dec. 22  
Red indicates new entry

Source: Nielsen EDI Filmsource

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