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2002: The Year of the Bridesmaid

March 29th, 2003

This weekend Chicago will pull in an estimated $7 million to raise it’s total to $144 million, all without ever hitting #1 during any weekend during its 14 weeks in release. And that total is 9th best on the all time list of movies that have never reached #1 at the box office. What’s very interesting is Chicago joins three other movies released in 2002 in the top 10 on that list. First is My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Catch Me If You Can is fourth and Lilo and Stitch is 8th (for now.)

Now most box office records are expected to fall on a regular basis due to increased ticket prices and a growing population. But at the start of 2002 the leading ‘Bridesmaid’ Film was Dances With Wolves, which was over a decade old. And the top ten films were, on average, over a decade old. Including such films as Gremlins from 1984 and The Rocky Horror Picture Show from 1975. And three months into 2003, the best Bridesmaid movie so far is Old School, which won’t even make the top 50.

So what made 2002 so strange? Quite frankly, I have no idea. But I’d love to hear your opinions.

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Source: The Numbers

Filed under: Chicago, Catch Me if You Can, Old School