Weekend Box Office Preview
May 16, 2003

Film openings, release dates, most requested

‘R’ AS IN ‘RELOADED’

With the highest-theater count for an R pic, Warner Bros. is expecting “Matrix Reloaded” to shatter all box office records for the rating.

TOP R-RATED THEATER COUNTS
Pic (year)    No. of opening playdates
Matrix&nbspReloaded (’03)   3,603 

Scream 3 (’00)    3,467
Red Dragon (’02)    3,357
Blair Witch 2 (’00)    3,317
Hannibal (’01)    3,230
Scary Movie 2 (’01)    3,220
 

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
The Matrix Reloaded (WB) bowed Thurs. 3,603
Down With Love (Fox)
2,124
Pokemon Heroes (Miramax)
200*
Armaan (Eros)
50
L’Auberge Espagnole (Fox Searchlight)
11
Sweet Sixteen (Lions Gate) LA, NY
3
Dracula: Pages From a Virgin’s… (Zeitgeist)NY
1
The Sea (Palm Pictures) NY
1
Friends and Family (Regent Entertainment)LA
1
*estimate

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
2.9

’02

(thru May 12)

2.6
-10%

’03

(thru May 11)

 

1. The Matrix Reloaded
2. X2: X-Men United

3. Daddy Day Care

4. Down With Love

5. Identity

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of May 15
Movie Title
New date
Old date
DREAMWORKS
Envy August 15 TBA
FOX SEARCHLIGHT
Lucia, Lucia
July 25
July 11
MIRAMAX
Dirty Pretty Things
July 18
August 1
The Magdalene Sisters
August 1
July 18
SMALL PLANET
The Things of Ours
July 18
WARNER BROS.
The Big Bounce
September 12
September 26
Mystic River
September 19
October 3
The Whole Ten Yards
October 10
October 17
Spartan
December 25
TBA
Torque
January 16
4th qtr.
Starsky & Hutch
March 5
TBA
Yu-Gi-Oh!
TBA
October 10

Red indicates new entry
Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

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