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HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO

Sony’s “Spider-Man” will try to become the highest superhero pic opener, bringing more diversity to a B.O. list that has long been dominated by “Batman” pics.

Top superhero pic openers of all time
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 Opening B.O.         Domestic B.O.*

 X-Men 

(2000)  

  54 157

Men in Black&nbsp
(1997)  

  51  251

Batman Forever 

(1995) &nbsp

  53 184

Batman Returns&nbsp

(1992) &nbsp

  48 163

Batman and Robin 
(1997) &nbsp

  43 107
Batman&nbsp
(1989)  

  43  251

  *in millions of $  

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Spider-Man

(Sony)

3,615
Deuces Wild (MGM)

1,480

Hollywood Ending (DreamWorks) 765
A Shot at Glory (Mac Releasing)

225

Baran (Miramax) NY, Chicago, D.C. 4
Fleeing by Night (Strand) NY, LA

2

The Mystic Masseur (ThinkFilm) NY 2
Warm Water Under a Red Bridge

(Cowboy) NY

2
ABC Africa

(New Yorker) NY

1
Home Movie (Cowboy) NY

1

YEAR TO DATE*
(in millions of $)
2,249


’01

(thru Apr. 29)

2,585

+15%


’02

(thru Apr. 28)

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2. The Scorpion King

3. Changing Lanes

4. The Rookie

5. Deuces Wild

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of May 2
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New date

Old date
BUENA VISTA

Shanghai Knights
December 13

The Lion King (large format)
December 25

IFC FILMS

The Chateau
August

May 3

MGM

Killing Me Softly
3rd qtr.

2nd qtr.

MIRAMAX

Importance of Being Earnest
May 22

May 17

Zu Warriors
1st qtr. 2003

2nd qtr.

PARAMOUNT

Martin Lawrence Concert Movie
4th qtr.

SONY

Swept Away
September 27

Fall

Half Past Dead
November 15

Fall

Basic
1st qtr. 2003

High Binders
2nd qtr. 2003

February 2003

Swat
Summer 2003

Tennis Movie
Summer 2003

Lone Star State of Mind
TBA

2nd qtr.

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