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    This one is good... It is off of Variety... I am posting the highlights from the article as it is a paid site...

    Originally posted by Gabriel Snyder of Daily Variety

    May 1, 2005

    Auds cling to spring
    'Guide' is hot but B.O.'s not

    While Disney's "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" opened to a healthy $21.7 million, the box office has not yet taken on a summer hue.

    Disney's romantic comedy "A Lot Like Love" scored $5.2 million for its sophomore session, down 31%. That put it in the No. 6 position. Right behind was Sony Pictures Classics' "Kung Fu Hustle," which grossed $3.8 million, a drop of 43% in its second week of wide release.

    Heading into the weekend, the industry was hoping the combo of "Hitchhiker" and "XXX" -- both billed as summer titles -- could shake the box office out of its spring funk and get moviegoers back into theaters.

    Big hopes don't pan out

    When they dated their pics for April 29, Sony and Disney were hoping to move summer's starting line back even further into spring with big showings. Since "Gladiator's" $35 million opening in 2000 and the $68 million bowbow for "The Mummy Returns" the following year, Hollywood has considered the first weekend of May to be the starting line for its most lucrative stretch at the box office....

    Nevertheless, Disney was ecstatic about "Hitchhiker's" opening. "The spread between us and No. 2 and 3 was very surprising," said Disney distrib prexy Chuck Viane. "Everyone thought it was going to be a nail-biter through the first weekend. This is the weekend where a fresh idea won out over the sequels and the comfort stuff."
    Last edited by cellarhound; 05-02-2005, 01:30 PM. Reason: Update
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    Another News Article from Variety about Foriegn returns...

    Originally posted by Dave McNary of Daily Variety
    'XXX' marks spot o'seas
    'Interpreter' holds up overseas

    May 1, 2005

    "XXX: State of the Union" led a still-mild foreign box office with a moderate day-and-date international opening of $15 million at 4,800 playdates in 64 territories. Also during the Friday-Sunday frame, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" showed spark with $8.3 million at about 1,035 engagement in three English-speaking markets (in Europe)...

    By far the most impressive performance of the weekend came from BVI's "Hitchhiker's Guide" with $5.8 million at 575 playdates (in the UK): That's on par with the launches of "Signs" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" and double the openings of "Pearl Harbor" and "Armageddon." Returns followed a massive promo campaign as distrib took advantage of the cult status of the source book by Brit author Douglas Adams.
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