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November 19, 2004

Actioner searching for B.O. 'Treasure'

SHOOT-‘EM-UPS SLOW DOWN

Disney’s ‘National Treasure’ is looking to reignite holiday actioners, which hit a low at the B.O. last year. Both 1999 and 2002 posted highs among the past five years thanks to the James Bond franchises.

HOLIDAY ACTION B.O.*

1999 

    187
2000 

    159
2001 
    136
2002 
    167
2003 

 

  75

*in millions of $

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (Par) 3,212
National Treasure (BV) 3,017
Bad Education (Sony Classics) NY 3
You I Love (Picture This) NY 1
Fear and Trembling (Cinema Guild) NY 1
EXPANDING
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (U) 530 – 2,452
Finding Neverland (Miramax) 8 – 57

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
7.7

’03
thru Aug. 3

7.8

+1%


’04
thru Aug. 1

1. The Incredibles

2. The Spongebob Squarepants Movie

3. National Treasure

4. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

5. The Polar Express

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 Nov. 18
Pic New date Old date
DREAMWORKS
Over the Hedge May 19 ’06  
FOCUS FEATURES
My Summer of Love June 17 TBA
LION’S GATE
Beyond the Sea Dec. 17 Dec. 10
Diary of a Mad Black Woman Feb. 25 Feb. 18
House of D April 15 TBA
Undead July 1 TBA
MGM
Bond 21 Nov. ’06 Nov. 18 ’05
MIRAMAX
MIndhunters March 11 June 4
NEW LINE
King’s Ransom TBA March 4
UNIVERSAL
Skeleton Key July 8  
Red indicates new entry
Source: Nielsen EDI Filmsource

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