Weekend Box Office Preview
May 9, 2003

LACKLUSTER LAFFERS

Sony and Revolution are bullish on “Daddy Day Care,” opening today. But aside from the romantic likes of “Notting Hill,” comedy has struggled in May.

RECENT MAY COMEDY BOWS†

Pic (year)    Opening B.O.*         Final domestic B.O.*
Undercover Brother (’02)    12   38
The New Guy (’02)    9  30
Road Trip (’00)    15 68
Screwed(’00)    3

 7

Almost Heroes (’98)    3  6
  for wide releases since, excludes romantic comedies
  *in millions of $

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Daddy Day Care (Sony/Revolution) 3,370
The Shape of Things (Focus)
39
Washington Heights (MAC Releasing) NY
27
Only the Strong Survive (Miramax)
12
The Man on the Train (Par Classics) LA, NY
5
A Family Affair (Small Planet) LA
3
Down With Love (Fox)
1
BOWING
A Mighty Wind (WB)
157-765

YEAR TO DATE*
(in billions of $)
2.8

’02
(thru May 5)

2.5
-11%

’03
(thru April 4)

 

1. X2

2. Daddy Day Care

3. Identity

4. Lizzie McGuire Movie

5. Anger Management

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of May 8
Movie Title
New date
Old date

FIRST LOOK
Autumn Spring August 8  
Don’t Tempt Me August  
Angela Winter  
NEW YORKER
Tycoon
June 13
May 21
NEWMARKET
Whale

Rider

June 6
PARAMOUNT
The Fighting Temptations
September 19
August 8
The Perfect Score
January 16, 2004
September 19
UNIVERSAL
Honey
January 16, 2004
Fall
WARNER BROS.
I’ll Be There
July 25
TBA

Red indicates new entry
Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

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