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February 18, 2005

'Constantine' to battle President's Day B.O. curse

WEAK WEEKEND

On average over the last five years, President’s Day has posted the weakest B.O. for a Monday holiday. Warner Bros.’ ‘Constantine,’ starring Keanu Reeves, bows in 3,006 theaters today.

HOLIDAY AVERAGE SINGLE DAY B.O.*

Memorial Day  

    43
Labor Day  

    27
Martin Luther King Day  
    26
President’s Day
    23
*in millions of $

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Because of Winn-Dixie (20th) 3,188
Constantine (WB) 3,006
Son of the Mask (New Line) 2,966
Mystery of the Nile (Freeman) 14
Bigger Than the Sky (MGM) 9
Imaginary Heroes (Sony Classics) NY, LA, Boston 8
Schultze Gets the Blues (Par Classics) 4
Turtles Can Fly (IFC) NY, LA 4
Harry and Max (TLA) NY 1
Downfall (Newmarket) NY 1
The Animation Show (Animation) LA 1

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
849

’04

thru Feb. 15

925

+9%

’05

thru Feb. 13

1. Constantine

2. Hitch

3. Because of Winn-Dixie

4. Son of the Mask

5. Million Dollar Baby

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of Feb. 17
Pic New date Old date
BUENA VISTA
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy April 29 May 6
Sky High July 29 July 27
Dark Water Aug. 12 Aug.
The Greatest Game Ever Played Sept. 30 TBA
Shopgirl Oct. 21 TBA
Casanova Xmas TBA
Glory Road Jan. 13 ’06 TBA
DREAMWORKS
Red Eye Aug. 5 TBA
Just Like Heaven Sept. 16  
Untitled Kurt Russell Fall Aug. 5
Shrek 3 May 18 ’07 April
NEW LINE
Monster-in-Law May 13 May 6
SONY
All the King’s Men 4th qtr. TBA
Memoirs of a Geisha Dec. 9 Dec.
UNIVERSAL
The Perfect Man July 22 Aug. 12
Skeleton Key Aug. 12 July 8
2 For the Money Sept. 23  
Untitled Steven Spielberg Dec. 23  
WARNER BROS.
V for Vendetta Nov. 4  
Lucky You Dec.  
Red indicates new entry
Source: Nielsen EDI Filmsource

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