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SURRENDERING HOLIDAY BOUNTY TO ‘CLONES?’

Last year’s “Pearl Harbor” victory lap has given way to a Memorial Day free-for-all during which five pics could pull in more than $20 million apiece. Overall grosses in the four-day holiday span have more than doubled in the past decade.


Memorial Day weekend total box office*

200


150


100

$76

$187


 

’91

’92

’93 ’94 ’95 ’96

’97 ’98

’99 ’00

’01
  *in millions of $  

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Spirit…

(DreamWorks)

3,317
Enough (Sony)

2,623

Insomnia

(WB)

2,610
The Importance of Being Earnest (Miramax)*

38

13 Conversations About One Thing (Sony Classics) 9
CQ (MGM/UA)

7

Bartleby (Outrider) Chicago, NY 2

Master of the Flying Guillotine (Pathfinder)

LA

2

*bowed Wednesday on 4 screens in NY and LA

YEAR TO DATE*
(in millions of $)
2.6


’01

(thru May 20)

3.2
+23%

’02
(thru May 19)

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1. Attack of the Clones

2. Spider-Man

3. Insomnia

4. Spirit

5. Enough

These are the top 5 most requested films from activity on Moviefone’s Web site and requests from callers. The top five has historically been 80% accurate in predicting the weekend’s top five movies at the box office.
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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of May 16
Pic
New date

Old date
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Group
July 5

CASTLE HILL

The

Next Big Thing

May 29

FIRST LOOK

The Lawless Heart
September

MGM

A Guy Thing
September 20

August 23

PARAMOUNT CLASSICS

Who Is Cletis Tout?
July 26

THINKFILM

Love in the Time of Money
September 20

September 13

WARNER BROS.

The

Matrix Reloaded

May 16, 2003

May 23, 2003

Untitled

Exorcist Prequel

July 18, 2003

Psychic
TBA

October 11

Red indicates new entry                            All dates 2002 unless noted
Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource