Weekend Box Office Preview
September 27, 2002

JUMPING OFF A PLATFORM

Fall is the prime season for distribs to gradually roll out prestige fare. Disney hopes to post a strong screen average this weekend with “Moonlight Mile.”

Opening screen averages*
Pics (year) 

   No. of screens         Screening average
American Beauty (’99)      16 

$53,846

Boys Don’t Cry (’99)      02   $36,860
Dancer in the Dark (’00)      03   $35,488
Requiem for a Dream (’00)      02   $32,385
Best in Show (’00)      13  $31,803
Igby Goes Down (’02)      10  $30,671
  *in millions of $

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Sweet Home Alabama (BV) 3,293

The Tuxedo (DreamWorks)

3,022
Moonlight Mile (BV) 22
Skins (First Look)
10
Crazy As Hell
(Artistic License)
7
The Man From Elysian Fields (IDP) 6
Just a Kiss
(Par Classics)
5
Wasabi (Sony Rep.) NY, LA 5
Hera Purple (Pathfinder) LA 1
Shanghai Ghetto (Menemsha) NY 1

YEAR TO DATE*
(in billions of $)
5.9


’01
(thru Sept.. 23)

6.6
+12%


’02
(thru Sept. 22)

1. Sweet Home…

2. The Tuxedo

3. My Big Fat…

4. Barbershop

5. The Banger Sisters

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of Sept. 26
Pic
New date
Old date
ARTISAN
Amandla! Feb. 14  
BUENA VISTA
The 25th Hour Dec. 20 Dec. 25
FOCUS
The Guys Dec. 13  
Deliver Us From Eva Jan. 31 February
FOX SEARCHLIGHT
Garage Days July 16 Jan. 29
IFC FILMS
Lost in La Mancha Jan. 31  
XX / XY Feb. 14 February
MIRAMAX
The Quiet American * Nov. 22 Nov. 29
Rabbit-Proof Fence Nov. 29 Nov. 8
Jet Lag June 6  
SONY CLASSICS
Love Liza Dec. 30 Dec. 27
Red indicates new entry                     All dates 2002 unless noted

* Two-week Academy qualifier

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource


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