Weekend Box Office Preview
April 30, 2004

Pix make money a laughing matter

LAFFS ON RECORD TRACK

The comedy box office year-to-date is at an all-time high, and today’s

entries – Par’s “Mean Girls,” New Lines’ “Laws of Attraction”

and Dreamworks’ “Envy” – can only catapult receipts further.

This year’s comedies are up more than twofold at the B.O. vs. the first four months of 2000.

COMEDY B.O.*

2000 

    375
2001 

    710
2002  

    583
2003  

    798
2004 

 

  823

*in millions of $ for the period of Jan.-April for broad and romantic comedies

BOWING
Movie Title

Engagements

Mean Girls

(Par)

2,839
Laws of Attraction (New Line) 2,449
Envy (Dreamworks) 2,445
Godsend(Lions Gate) 2,323
Bobby Jones:Stroke of Genius (Film Foundry) 1,332
The Life of Brian

(re) (Rainbow) NY, LA

4
The Claybird (Milestone) 3
Since Otar Left (Zeitgeist) LA 2
The Saddest Music in the World (IFC) NY 1
The Bulgarian Lovers(TLA) NY 1
People Say I’m Crazy

(Palo Alto) NY

1

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
2.3

’03
thru Apr. 27

2.5
+9%

’04
thru Apr. 25

1. Mean Girls

2. Man on Fire

3. 13 Going on 30

4. Envy

5. Godsend

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of April 29
Pic New date Old date
INNOVATION
Reeseville May 7  
LIONS GATE
Danny Deckchair Aug. 11 July 30
Saw

Sept. 17 TBA
I Am David Oct. 8 Oct.
Stage Beauty Oct. 8 4th qtr.
Eulogy Oct. 29 Sept.
Beyond the Sea Nov. 24 4th qtr.
Fierce People Dec. 24 TBA
High

Tension

1st qtr. ’05 TBA
NEW LINE
Cellular Sept. 17 ’05 Aug. 20
NEWMARK/ECHELON
A Tale of Two Pizzas Fall April
Red

indicates new entry

Source: Nielsen EDI Filmsource

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