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Theater Counts: Zorro Checks In to 3,520 Theaters, Saw II Weekend Favorite

October 27th, 2005

Late October is a strange time to be releasing a swashbuckling adventure starring some of Hollywood's hottest stars. But Sony will be hoping for a big opening weekend for Legend of Zorro, and a strong run leading into the holiday season. Opening in 3,520 theaters won't hurt its chances. The pre-release buzz, however, is that it will fall well short of the performance of the first movie in the franchise, The Mask of Zorro. In fact, the favorite to top the chart going into the weekend is horror sequel Saw II, which will be counting on some strong pre-Halloween business. It opens in a respectable 2,949 venues.

RankMovieTheatersChangeWeeks in
1Legend of Zorro3,520New1Sony
3Saw II2,949New1Lions Gate
4Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit2,935-5374Dreamworks
5Fog, The (2005)2,587-3853Sony
6North Country2,555n/c2Warner Bros.
7Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story2,491+4842Dreamworks
10Flightplan1,766-7476Buena Vista

12Weather Man, The1,510New1Paramount
45Three Extremes19New1Lions Gate
51New York Doll5New1First Independent Pictures
52Paradise Now4New1Warners Independent
53Wasabi Tuna4New1Strand
54Passenger, The2New1Sony Classics
57Ballet Russes1New1Zeitgeist

Estimated Theater Counts for Next Week's Openers

Chicken Little3,000Buena Vista
Christmas in the Clouds25Slowhand Releasing
Dying Gaul, The9Strand
I Love Your Work2ThinkFilm

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