Weekend Box Office Preview
October 11, 2002

BEVY OF BOWS

A hefty total of six pics is bowing today. Crowded weekends don’t tend to leave room for a huge opener, “The Lord of the Rings” being the major exception, and can water down the gross of a No. 1 film. (+opening weekend)

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
The Transporter (Fox) 2,570 *
Knockaround Guys (New Line) 1,806  
White Oleander (WB) 1,510  
The Rules of Attraction
(Lions Gate)
1,430  
Tuck Everlasting (BV) 1,185  
Brown Sugar (Fox Searchlight) 1,372  
Pokemon 4Ever (Miramax) 249  
Swept Away (Sony) 196  
Below (Miramax) 168  
Bowling for Columbine (MGM/UA) 8  
Punch-Drunk Love (Sony)
NY, LA, Toronto
5  
Comedian (Miramax) NY, LA 4  
*estimated    

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
6.1


’01
(thru Oct. 5)

6.8
+11%


’02
(thru Oct. 6)

1. Red Dragon

2. Sweet Home …

3. White Oleander

4. Brown Sugar

5. Knockaround Guys

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of Oct. 10
Pic New date Old date
BUENA VISTA
Shanghai Knights Feb. 7 Feb.
The Jungle Book 2 Feb. 14 Feb. 7
Finding Nemo May 30  
DREAMWORKS
Sinbad – Legend of … June 27 July 2
MGM
A Few Good Years Feb. 14 Dec. 25
Agent Cody Banks March 21  
Bulletproof Monk April 16  
NEW LINE
Final Destination 2 Feb. 21  
A Man Apart April 4 March 7
How to Deal April 18 Feb. 14
Dumb and Dumber: The Prequel Summer  
Secondhand Lions TBA Nov. ’03
UNIVERSAL
Intolerable Cruelty April 11  
The Cat in the Hat Nov. 21 ’03  
Peter Pan Dec. 25 ’03  
Red indicates new entry                     All dates 2002 unless noted
Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

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