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Weekend Box Office Preview
June 3, 2004

WB hoping third 'Potter' will be B.O. magic

WEEKEND WARRIOR?

Warner Bros. hopes that “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” will rank among the highest third installments that opened on a Friday.

HIGHEST WEEKEND OPENINGS FOR A FRANCHISE’S THIRD CHAPTER

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First weekend B.O.

Austin Powers in Goldmember (’02)   73

 

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (’03) *   72.6
Batman Forever (’95)   53
Jurassic Park 3 (’01) *   51
The Matrix Revolutions (’03) *   48
 *opened on a Wed.

BOWING
Movie

Title

Engagements
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (WB) 3,855
Donnie Darko – Director’s Cut (Newmarket) 7
The Story of the Weeping Camel (Thinkfilm) NY 2
Firedancer (Cinema Four) NY 1

YEAR TO DATE
(in

billions of $)

3.3

’03

(thru June 1)

3.4

+3%

’04

(thru May 31)

1. Harry Potter

2. Shrek 2

3. The Day After Tomorrow

4. Troy

5. Raising Helen

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

Old date

FIRST RUN

Deserted Station July June 11
LIONS GATE

Fahrenheit 9/11 June 25
NEWMARKET

Stander Aug. 6 June 11
PALM

Bright Future Nov. June 11
SONY CLASSICS

Zelary Sept. 17 Aug. 27
In My Country* Oct. 1 Sept. 3
House of Flying Daggers Dec. 10
UNIVERSAL

The Producers Dec. 21 ’05
 

Red indicates new entry *formerly “Country of My Skull”

Source: ACNielsen EDI FilmSource

 

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