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Weekend Theater Counts: New Movies Struggle to Find a Venue

September 29th, 2005

It's a tough market for new releases this weekend. Just Like Heaven remains the widest release in the US in its third weekend in release. Remarkably, it's picking up another 34 theaters, to go with the 3,509 it's already playing in. Flightplan keeps it company in very wide release, playing in 3,424 theaters. Among the new openers, Into the Blue gets a start in 2,789 venues, which isn't bad. But Serenity and The Greatest Game Ever Played will have to work hard to get high in the top 10, opening as they do in 2,188 and 1,014 theaters respectively. Dark horse this weekend is A History of Violence, which expands into 1,340 film houses after a very strong debut last weekend.

RankMovieTheatersChangeWeeks in
1Just Like Heaven3,543+343Dreamworks
2Flightplan3,424n/c2Buena Vista
3Corpse Bride, The3,204n/c3Warner Bros.
4Exorcism of Emily Rose, The3,004-414Sony
5Into the Blue2,789New1MGM/Columbia
740 Year-old Virgin, The2,154-4277Universal
8Lord of War2,125-6893Lions Gate
9Roll Bounce1,661+362Fox Searchlight
10History of Violence, A1,340+1,3262New Line

14Greatest Game Ever Played, The1,014New1Buena Vista
20In Her Shoes500New1Fox (sneaks, Fri and Sat)
38Duma42New1Warner Bros.
39Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio, The41New1Go Fish
50Truman Capote12New1Sony Classics
53Sueno10New1Destination Films
57Going Shopping6New1Rainbow
58Screen Door Jesus3New1Indican
61Little Manhattan2New1Fox
62Forty Shades of Blue2New1Vitagraph
63War Within, The1New1Magnolia

Estimated Theater Counts for Next Week's Openers

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit3,000Dreamworks (expands Friday)
In Her Shoes2,800Fox
2 For the Money2,300Universal
Waiting1,500Lions Gate
Gospel, The900Screen Gems
Good Night and Good Luck11Warner Independent
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit2Dreamworks (Wednesday exclusives)
Sacred StageNot announcedFirst Run

See the full theater count chart

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