Weekend Box Office Preview
July 2, 2004

TRANSLATING COUNTS INTO BUCKS

With the second highest engagement count of all time (4,152), “Spider-Man 2” is already breaking box office records. How the top openers by venue have fared:

Pic (year) Opening theater count B.O.*
Shrek 2 (’04)  4,163 108
Harry Potter 3 (’04)  3,855 94
X2 (’03)  3,741 86
LOTR: Return of the King (’03)  3,703 73
Harry Potter 2 (’02)  3,682 88
Harry Potter 1 (’01)  3,672 90
 *opening 3-day in millions of $

BOWING
Movie

Title

Engagements
Spider-Man 2 (Sony)* 4,152
America’s Heart and Soul (BV) 98
The Clearing (Fox Searchlight) 56
Before Sunset (Warner Inde. Pictures) 20
De-Lovely (MGM) 16
*bowed Wed.

YEAR TO DATE
(in

billions of $)

4.1

’03

(thru June 29)

4.3

+5%

’04

(thru June 27)

1. Spider-Man 2

2. Fahrenheit 9/11

3. White Chicks

4. The Terminal

5. Dodgeball

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of July 1
Movie Title
New date

Old date

MGM

Fascination Sept. 17
Yes Men Sept. 24 Aug. 27
The Dust Factory Oct. 8
Undertow Oct. 29
Hotel Rwanda Dec. 25
MIRAMAX

Dear Frankie Oct. 1 Oct. 22
PARAMOUNT

Without a Paddle Aug. 18 Aug. 20
Team America: World Police Oct. 15
Alfie Oct. 22 TBA
Mission: Impossible 3 June 29 May 6
SONY

The Grudge Oct. 22 Oct. 29
UNIVERSAL

White Noise TBA Nov. 12
WARNER BROS.

The Polar Express Nov. 10 Nov. 19
House of Wax 2nd qtr. ’05 Oct. 22
Syriana 4th qtr. ’05 July 29 ’05
 

Red indicates new entry

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

 

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