Weekend Box Office Preview
April 16, 2004

'Bill,' 'Punisher' to shoot it out for top spot

EASTER FALLOUT

Ticket sales for the three-day weekend frame after Easter have typically experienced a downturn as kids return to school from spring break. Three bows this weekend, “Kill Bill Vol. 2,” “The Punisher” and “Connie and Carla,” hope to soften this post-holiday decline, which has grown greater since 1995.

BOWING
Movie Title

Engagements

Kill Bill

Vol. 2 (Miramax)

2,971
The Punisher (Lions Gate) 2,649
Connie and Carla (Universal) 1,013
Young Adam

(Sony Classics) NY, LA

9
Close Call (Prime Media) 5
Gypsy 83 (Small Planet) NY 1

YEAR TO DATE
(in

billions of $)

2.0


’03
thru Apr. 13

2.2
+9%


’04

thru Apr. 11

1. Kill Bill Vol. 2

2. The Punisher

3. Passion of the Christ

4. Johnson Family…

5. Hellboy

AOL Moviefone derives its Top Five Most Requested films from activity on its Web site. The Top Five have historically been 80% accurate in predicting the weekend’s top five movies at the box office.

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RELEASE

DATES AND CHANGES

As of April 15
Pic New date Old date
BUENA VISTA
Cars Nov. 4 ’05  
FOX
Star Wars: Episode III May 19 ’05  
Untitled Martin Lawrence March 25 ’05  
Walk the Line April 22 ’05  
MIRAMAX
Paperclips 3rd quarter April 16
NEWMARKET
Stander

June 11  
Donnie Darko – Director’s Cut July  
The Green Butchers August  
PARAMOUNT

Without a Paddle Aug. 20  
SONY CLASSICS
Facing Windows June 18 June 11
Head in the Clouds Sept. 17  
Being

Julia

Oct. 15 Nov. 5
UNIVERSAL

Thunderbirds

July 30 Aug. 6
WARNER BROS.
Duma

Sept. 17 Oct. 8
A Sound of Thunder Oct. 8 Sept.
Harry Potter… Goblet of Fire Nov. 18 ’05  
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Source: Nielsen EDI Filmsource

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