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Weekend Box Office Preview

'Tomorrow' expected to create strong currents during holiday weekend

SUMMER LEGS

Fox’s “The Day After Tomorrow” will be strong out of the gate, but how will its final tally compare with these other Memorial Day openers?

TOP GROSSES FOR MEMORIAL DAY OPENERS

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Total Domestic B.O.*

Return of the Jedi (’83)**   309

 

Bruce Almighty (’03)    243
The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2 (’97)   229
Mission: Impossible 2 (’00)   215
Pearl Harbor (’01)   199
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (’89)   197
 *in millions of $ **includes March ’97 reissue. Original “Jedi” made $267.4 million.

BOWING
Movie

Title

Engagements
The Day After Tomorrow (Fox) 3,425
Raising Helen (BV) 2,717
Soul Plane (MGM) 1,566
Saved! (MGM) 20
Baadassssss! (Sony Classics) 14
The Mother (Sony Classics) 7
Bukowski: Born Into This (Magnolia) SF, LA, Boston 5
The Burial Society (Regent) 3
Wake (Echelon) NY, LA 2
The Five Obstructions (Koch Lorber) NY 1
Frankie and Johnny Are Married (IFC) LA 1
Union Square (Alliance-Atlantis) NY 1
EXPANDING
Shrek 2 (D’Works) 4,163 – 4,223

YEAR TO DATE
(in

billions of $)

3.08

’03

(thru May 25)

3.13

+2%

’04

(thru May 23)

1. The Day After Tomorrow

2. Shrek 2

3. Raising Helen

4. Troy

5. Van Helsing

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of May 20
Movie Title
New date

Old date

FOX SEARCHLIGHT

The Ringer Nov. 12 Nov. 5
MIRAMAX

Zatoichi July 23 July
Dear Frankie Oct. 22 TBA
Twin Sisters 1st qtr. ’05 Aug. 13
Best of Youth Jan. July 2
Undertaking Betty TBA July 2
NEWMARKET

Donnie Darko – Director’s Cut June 2 July
PARAMOUNT CLASSICS

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead June 18 Aug. 20
Mean Creek Aug. 20  
Enduring Love Fall  
The Machinist Fall Sept. 24
SONY

Aug. 6 Oct. 15
UNIVERSAL

Curious George Sept. 30 ’05 Nov. 4 ’05
 

Red indicates new entry 

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

 

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