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Deep-pocketed tweens show b.o. clout

2 May 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

They're young, powerful and opinionated. They're in the driver's seat for many purchasing decisions -- even though they're too young to drive. The demographic group dubbed tweens, ages 8-13, has emerged as a force at the boxoffice during the past several years. And they're using their sizable buying power to turn their favorite stars into multimedia sensations with albums, movies, TV shows, cosmetics and clothing lines to their names. "As a generation, this group is savvier at a younger age. They're making money younger and making decisions younger," said Jane Buckingham, president of youth research and consulting firm Youth Intelligence. These kids, particularly girls, have been the force behind such boxoffice hits as A Walk to Remember, starring pop star Mandy Moore ($41.2 million); Britney Spears' movie debut Crossroads ($37.1 million); and What a Girl Wants, featuring former Nickelodeon TV star Amanda Bynes ($32.8 million and counting). This weekend, Disney Channel spinoff The Lizzie McGuire Movie is expected to take a candy-coated bite out of the boxoffice thanks to its built-in awareness and appeal. »

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'Identity' top boxoffice card with $17 million

27 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sony's thriller Identity, one of four wide openers at the weekend boxoffice, debuts as the top movie for the frame as the R-rated thriller takes in an estimated $17 million. Lions Gate's grifter drama Confidence, which debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival, makes off with an estimated $4.8 million in fifth place. MGM's Kirk Douglas-Michael Douglas collaboration It Runs in the Family debuts at No. 9 with an estimated $3 million. New Line's "reality" movie, The Real Cancun, shot just last month and edited on the fly, opens in a disappointing 10th place with an estimated $2.3 million. Among the weekend's holdovers, Sony's Anger Management crosses the $100 million barrier, taking in an estimated $16 million as the Jack Nicholson-Adam Sandler comedy lands in second place after two weekends on top. Its total now stands at about $104.5 million. Buena Vista's PG-rated Holes drops one spot to third with an estimated $13 million in its second weekend. Warners' Jamie Kennedy vehicle Malibu's Most Wanted collects an estimated $7.7 million in fourth place. MGM's actioner Bulletproof Monk scores an estimated $4.7 million in sixth place. Warners' Amanda Bynes starrer What a Girl Wants takes in an estimated $3.4 million in seventh place. Fox's Phone Booth dials up an estimated $3.1 million in eighth. »

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Busy Gordon has Warners' 'Minute'

14 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Earning her first seven-figure payday, helmer Dennie Gordon has come aboard to direct Warner Bros. Pictures' action-adventure comedy New York Minute, a feature film to star Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. The project aims to go into production in the summer. At the same time, Gordon has come aboard to develop the studio's romantic comedy Dating Nick McBride for producer Mark Canton. No director or star are attached. The projects reunite Gordon with the same studio for which she directed the teen comedy What a Girl Wants, starring Amanda Bynes. »

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'Anger' all the rage at weekend boxoffice

13 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sony's comedy Anger Management from Revolution Studios lives up to expectations for a big debut as the Jack Nicholson-Adam Sandler starrer takes in an estimated $44.5 million in its first weekend. Last weekend's winner, 20th Century Fox's thriller Phone Booth, drops one notch to a distant second with an estimated $7.5 million. Warners' Amanda Bynes starrer What a Girl Wants falls one spot to third place with an estimated $6.7 million in its second weekend, while Buena Vista's Steve Martin-Queen Latifah comedy Bringing Down the House rises one position to No. 4 with an estimated $4.6 million. Close behind in the fifth spot is New Line's Vin Diesel actioner A Man Apart with an estimated $4.5 million. DreamWorks' Chris Rock project Head of State falls two notches to sixth with an estimated $4 million. The Rob Zombie-helmed horror pic House of 1000 Corpses from Lions Gate collects an estimated $3.4 million from a moderate 595 locations to open in seventh place. Miramax's Oscar champ Chicago holds firm in eighth with an estimated $3.3 million. Paramount's actioner The Core takes ninth with an estimated $3.2 million, down from sixth place last weekend. Sony's John Travolta starrer Basic rounds out the weekend top 10 movies with an estimated $2.2 million. »

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'Phone' dials in No. 1 slot

7 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

As three new wide releases hit theaters this weekend and landed in the top three spots, 20th Century Fox's Phone Booth made the right call as it led the pack of freshman pictures and rang up an estimated $15 million to debut in first place. Warner Bros. Pictures' What a Girl Wants was second with an estimated $12.1 million and New Line's A Man Apart shored up the third slot with an estimated $11.15 million. Last weekend's boxoffice champ, DreamWorks' Head of State, was down 35% in its sophomore session as the Chris Rock starrer took in an estimated $8.8 million and placed fourth. The comedy has grossed an estimated $25.3 million in 10 days. In its fifth weekend, Buena Vista's Bringing Down the House brought down an estimated $8.5 million to carry the fifth spot. The Steve Martin-Queen Latifah starrer has amassed an estimated $111.3 million in boxoffice escrow. »

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'Phone Booth' rings up $15 mil

6 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

20th Century Fox's sniper thriller Phone Booth starring Colin Farrell takes first place at the weekend boxoffice, collecting an estimated $15 million. The weekend's other two new wide releases follow in the next two spots. Warner Bros.' What a Girl Wants starring Amanda Bynes takes in an estimated $12.1 million. New Line's Vin Diesel actioner A Man Apart rounds up an estimated $11.15 million. Last weekend's winner, DreamWorks' Chris Rock comedy Head of State, drops to fourth place with an estimated $8.8 million. Buena Vista's comedy Bringing Down the House starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah rounds out the weekend top five with an estimated $8.5 million. »

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Boxoffice preview: All-American 'Girl' vs. the guys

4 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A spirited young girl representing all that's good in American life will square off this weekend against two R-rated action-dramas targeting young males. Considering the escalating conflict in Iraq, studio executives have said that it was difficult to determine the country's mood and therefore hard to divine which movies would dominate during the weekend. Warner Bros. Pictures' What a Girl Wants should draw strength from the fact that it presumably has a preteen audience itching to see Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes searching for her father and herself. This PG audience has been underserved in recent months and may be the most motivated to flock to theaters this weekend. Certainly, Warners is counting on that happening, as it will be distributing director Dennie Gordon's Girl to the widest number of theaters -- 2,964 -- among the new openers. In stark contrast is 20th Century Fox's Phone Booth, starring Colin Farrell as an arrogant executive trapped in a phone booth by a sniper. The third ultrawide release of the weekend is New Line Cinema's A Man Apart, directed by F. Gary Gray and starring Vin Diesel and Larenz Tate as narcotics officers taking on a drug cartel. »

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Firth & Preston Pull Out of Junkets

28 March 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie stars Colin Firth and Kelly Preston are rebelling against plans to stage the premiere of their new movie What A Girl Wants during wartime by pulling out of press junkets for the film. The movie is one of only a few that is going ahead with a glitzy premiere this week. Parties for Basic and Boat Trip have been scrapped out of respect for troops in Iraq. But Brit Firth, who plays a stuck-up aristocrat who discovers he has an American love child in the film, is refusing to fly to America for promotional duties and Preston, his former flame in the movie, has also pulled out of junkets. »

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