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April 2, 2004

'Hellboy' bow faces stiff competish for record

SUMMER

SUPERHEROES SET STANDARD

Last year’s “Daredevil” is the top comicbook pic opener

outside summer, with a four day take of $45 million. But Sony-Revolution’s

“Hellboy” is gunning for the king of all comicbook bows:

“Spider-Man.”

TOP OPENINGS FOR COMICBOOK PICS

Pic (Year)

 

Domestic B.O.*

Spiderman

(’02)  

 115

 

X2

(’03)  

 86
The Hulk (’03)

 

 62
X-Men

(’00)  

 54
Batman Forever

(’95)  

 53
 *in millions of $

BOWING
Movie

Title

Engagements
Home on the Range

(BV)

3,047
Hellboy (Sony)

3,028

Walking Tall (MGM/UA)

2,836

The

Prince and Me (Par)

2,682

The United States of Leland

(Par Classics)

14

Shaolin

Soccer (Miramax)

6

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter …and Spring

(Sony Classics)

6

Son Fare (Strand) NY

1

YEAR

TO DATE

(in

billions of $)

1.8

’03

(thru Mar. 30)

1.9

+6%

’04

(thru Mar. 28)

1. Hellboy

2. Scooby-Doo 2

3. Walking Tall

4. Home on the Range

5. Passion of the Christ

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RELEASE

DATES AND CHANGES

As

of April 1

Movie Title
New date

Old date

FIRST RUN FEATURES

S-21:

The Khmer Rouge Death…

May 19  
Deserted

Station

June 11  
Bright

Leaves

Aug. 25  
FOX

X-Men

3

May 5 ’06

FOX SEARCHLIGHT

The

Clearing

July 2

May 21

SONY

Spider-Man 2
June 30

July 2

Spider-Man

3

May 4 ’07

WARNER BROS.

Miss

Congeniality 2

March 18 ’05

Batman

Begins

June 17 ’05

Charlie

and the Chocolate Factory

July 15 ’05

WARNER INDEPENDENT

Everything

is Illuminated

Aug. 12 ’05

 

Red indicates new entry  

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

 

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