Weekend Box Office Preview
March 22, 2002

SPRINGTIME FOR SEQUELS

New Line is ushering in “Blade II” at an unorthodox time for sequels, which haven’t historically scored in March and April.


HIGHEST OPENINGS FOR MARCH/APRIL SEQUELS

  Opening B.O. *
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 
March 1991
 
  20

The Naked Gun 33 1/3 
March 1994
 
  13
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 
March 1993
 
  12
Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 

April 2000 

  11
D2: The Mighty Ducks 
March 1994
 
  10
*in millions of $ since 1990

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
 E.T. 20th Anni. Re-release (U) 3,010
 Blade 2 (New Line)

2,707

 Sorority Boys  (BV) 1,801
 Stolen Summer (Miramax)

(est.) 15

 Margarita Happy Hour (Passport) NY 1
 Very Annie-Mary
 (Empire) Boston

1

 Jim Brown: All-American
 (Bazan Ent.) NY
1

YEAR TO DATE*
(in millions of $)
1,554


’01

(thru Mar. 18)

1,686
+9%


’02
(thru Mar. 17)

1. E.T.
2. Ice Age

3. Blade 2

4. Resident Evil

5. Showtime

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As

of March 21*

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BUENA VISTA

Young Black Stallion TBA Fall
MGM

Deuces Wild May 3 April 26
MIRAMAX

Cinema Paradisco (Dir. Cut) June 7 May 17
King Fu Soccer First Quarter ’03 April 5
PARAMOUNT

Lucky Break April 19 April 26
SONY

Love and a Bullet July 14 May 31
Formula 51 September 6 August 23
Half Past Dead Fall September 6
National Security January 17 ’03 August
UNIVERSAL

Blue Crush July 12  
WARNER BROS.

FearDotCom Fall May 10
The Matrix Reloaded May 23 ’03  
Terminator 3 July 2 ’03  
Red indicates new entry    

*all dates 2002 unless noted

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

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