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WILL’S LEGS

How will the final “I, Robot” tally compare with other Will Smith summer pics, the past five of which have all grossed more than $100 million?

Pic (year)
 

 Opening weekend*

 

 Domestic B.O.*

Bad Boys 2 (’03)
 47
 

 138

Men in Black 2 (’02)
 52
 

 190

Wild Wild West (’99)
 36
 

 114

Men in Black (’97)
 51
 

 251

Independence Day (’96)
 50
 

 306

*in millions of $

BOWING
Movie

Title

Engagements
I, Robot (Fox) 3,420
A Cinderella Story (WB) 2,625
The Door in the Floor* (Focus) 47
Flavors (Net Effect) 15
Maria Full of Grace (HBO/Fine Line) 7
Touch of Pink (Sony Classics) NY, LA 7
Zhou Yu’s Train (Sony Classics) NY, LA 6
Free Style: The Art of Rhyme (Palm) NY 1
Let’s Get Frank* (Random) NY 1
*bowed Wed.

YEAR TO DATE
(in

billions of $)

4.6

’03

(thru July 13)

4.9

+6%

’04

(thru July 11)

1. I, Robot

2. Spider-Man 2

3. Anchorman

4. Fahrenheit 9/11

5. The Notebook

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of July 15
Movie Title
New date

Old date

BUENA VISTA

National Treasure Nov. 19 Nov. 24
FOCUS

Shaun of the Dead Sept. 17
FOX

Elektra Jan. 14 Feb. 18
Because of Winn-Dixie Feb. 18 Jan. 14
FOX SEARCHLIGHT

Sideways Oct. 20
LIONS GATE

Happy Endings 2nd qtr. ’05
House of D 2nd qtr. ’05
MIRAMAX

Hero Aug. 27 Aug. 20
SONY

Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 Aug. 27 Sept. 3
The Cave March 11
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo April 8
Berni Mac/A. Kutcher Comedy June 10
The Legend of Zorro Sept. 23 ’05
UNIVERSAL

Wimbledon Sept. 17 Sept. 24
 

Red indicates new entry

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

 

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