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Weekend Box Office Preview
October 18, 2002


By Thanksgiving, eight horror-suspense pics will have flooded the market, this weekend’s “Abandon” and “The Ring” among them. Distribs hope that the onslaught of thriller product won’t harken back to earlier years when auds tired from too many scares.

Average Horror-Suspense Bow*

   No. of Pics         Horror Suspense Bow Average
1997      8 


1998      4 


1999      6 


2000      7 


2001      7 


*in millions of $ for genre’s wide release

Movie Title Engagements
Abandon (Par) 2,341
The Ring (DreamWorks) 1,981
Formula 51
(Screen Gems/Alliance Atlantis)
Hansel & Gretel (Innovation) 59
Real Women Have Curves
Children on Their Birthdays
Auto Focus (Sony Classics) 11
The Grey Zone (Lions Gate) 8
Hell House (Seventh Art)
San Francisco, Chicago, Nashville
Naqoyqatsi (Miramax) NY, LA 2

(in billions of $)

(thru Oct. 14)


(thru Oct. 13)

1. The Ring

2. Sweet Home …

3. Red Dragon

4. Abandon

5. My Big Fat …

AOL Moviefone derives its Top Five Most Requested films from activity on its Web site. The Top Five have historically been 80% accurate in predicting the weekend’s top five movies at the box office.

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As of Oct. 17
Pic New date Old date
Sinbad: The Legend … July 2 June 27
The Lawless Heart Feb. 7 Nov. 8
Master and Commander June 6  
Phone Booth TBA Nov. 15
Stealing the Fire Oct. 16  
Sonny Dec. 27  
Legally Blonde: Red, White … July 2 July
Assassination Tango TBA 4th qtr.
City of Ghosts TBA 4th qtr.
Gangs of New York Dec. 20 Dec. 25
Cursed Aug. 8  
Darkness Falls Jan. 10 Jan. 31
Empire Dec. 6  
Red indicates new entry                     All dates 2002 unless noted
Source: Nielsen EDI Filmsource

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