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Theater Counts: Chicken Little Gets Noticed

November 3rd, 2005

Disney's release their first homegrown digital animation this weekend. After a nine year partnership with Pixar that delivered six huge hits, Disney have set their sights a little lower for Chicken Little, but have still been heavily promoting the movie, and will be looking for a comfortable win at the box office this weekend. Its 3,654 theaters makes it the widest opening since The Dukes of Hazzard, and it'll be looking for a similar opening weekend -- around $30 million.

This week's other wide release is Jarhead, which debuts in 2,410 theaters. Recent history suggests that won't be enough to generate substantial box office, but going up against a big family movie is probably good counter-programming.

RankMovieTheatersChangeWeeks in
Release
Distributor
1Chicken Little3,654New1Buena Vista
2Legend of Zorro3,520n/c2Sony
3Saw II2,949n/c2Lions Gate
4Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story2,617+1263Dreamworks
5Jarhead2,410New1Universal
6Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit2,278-6575Dreamworks
7North Country2,211-3443Warner Bros.
8Doom1,980-1,0623Universal
9Prime1,835+82Universal
10Fog, The (2005)1,669-9184Sony

17Zathura536New1Sony (Sneaks, Saturday)
40God's Army 2: States of Grace33New1Main Street
42Christmas in the Clouds25New1Slowhand Releasing
45Dying Gaul, The11New1Strand
51I Love Your Work2New1ThinkFilm
52Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price2New1Cinema Libre
53Brooklyn Lobster2New1Meadowbrook
54Gay Sex in the 70's1New1Lovett

Estimated Theater Counts for Next Week's Openers

MovieTheatersDistributor
Zathura3,000Sony
Derailed2,150Weinstein Co.
Get Rich or Die Tryin'1,500Paramount
Pride and Prejudice (2005)210Focus
Bee Season19Fox Searchlight
Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic7Roadside Attraction
Good Morning, Night1Wellspring
Cape of Good Hope1Artistic License
Duane Hopwood1IFC Films
Pulse (2005)1Magnolia
Chumscrubber, TheNot announcedPictureHouse

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