Weekend Box Office Preview
March 8, 2002

Weekend Box Office Preview

TIMING

IS EVERYTHING

Most of DreamWorks’ top openers have occurred during the summer. With

“Time Machine” bowing today, the studio is hoping to score

a decent three-day weekend outside the frame.


DREAMWORKS’ BIGGEST OPENING B. O.*

Shrek 
(May

’01) 

 42
Gladiator 
(May

’00) 

 35
The Haunting 
(July

’99) 

 33
Saving Private Ryan 
(July

’98) 

 31
What Lies Beneath 
(July

’00) 

 30
*in millions of $

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
 The

Time Machine
 (DreamWorks)

2,944
 All About the Benjamins

 (Lew Line)

1,505

 Festival

in Cannes

 (Paramount Classics) NY, LA

6

YEAR TO DATE*
(in millions of $)
1,342

’01

(thru Mar. 4)

1,380

+3%

’02

(thru Mar. 3)

1. The Time Machine

2. We Were Soldiers

3. …the Benjamins

4. 40 Days and…

5. John Q.

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RELEASE

DATES AND CHANGES

As

of March 7*

Pic
New date

Old date

FINE LINE

Cherish June 7  
Invincible Sept. 20 March 29
Ripley’s Game Oct. 4 Oct. 11
KINO

The Piano Teacher March 29 Spring
MIRAMAX

Undisputed Oct. 4 Oct. 18
A View from the

Top

Oct. 18 Aug. 16
Waking up in

Reno

Oct. 25 4th qtr.
Blue

Car

Nov. 8  
Confessions of
 

a Dangerous Mind

Dec. 27 Nov. 22
Prozac Nation Jan. 24 ’03 May 10
NEW LINE

Knockaround Guys Oct. 18  
PARAMOUNT

Serving Sara Aug. 16 Summer
SONY CLASSICS

Nine Queens April 19 April 12
Red indicates new entry    

*all dates 2002 unless noted

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

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