Weekend Box Office Preview
May 23, 2003

Film comparisons, upcoming openings, release dates

FUNNY FACE-OFF

Today two broad comedies, U’s “Bruce Almighty” and WB’s “The In-Laws” will bow against each other – a rarity at the holiday B.O. Previous summer comedies unspooling on the same weekend have resulted in mediocre grosses, with the broader vehicle grabbing slightly more spoils in the end.
Pic (year)    Opening B.O.*          Domestic B.O.*
Bowfinger (Aug. 13, ’99)    18   66
Detroit Rock City (Aug. 13, ’99)    2   4
Bring It On (Aug. 25, ’00)    17  68
The Crew (Aug. 25, ’00)    4  13
The Animal (Jan. 1, ’01)    20

 57

What’s the Worst… (Jan. 1, ’01)   13 32
  *in millions of $

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Bruce Almighty (U) 3,482
The In-Laws (WB)
2,652
Respiro (SPC) LA, NY
7
Friday Night (Wellspring) SF, DC
2
Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns (Cowboy Pictures) NY
1
EXPANDING
Blue Car (Miramax)
20*
*estimate

YEAR TO DATE*
(in billions of $)
3.2

’02

(thru May 19)

2.9
-9%

’03
(thru May 18)

Note: First Jan. wknd. is end of previous B.O. year.

1. The Matrix Reloaded

2. Bruce Almighty

3. Daddy Day Care

4. The In-Laws

5. X2

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of May 22
Movie Title
New date
Old date
ARTISAN ENTERTAINMENT
Step into Liquid August 8  
COWBOY PICTURES
Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns
May 23
PARAMOUNT
Dicki Roberts: Former Child Star
September 5
October 3
WB
Exorcist: The Beginning
February 6, 2004
July 18, 2003
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
June 4, 2004
TBA
WELLSPRING
Friday Night
May 23

Red indicates new entry
Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

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