2002 in film


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The year 2002 in film involved some significant events. The first significant releases of sequels took place between The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Men in Black II, Analyze That, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, Stuart Little 2, Blade II, the 3rd installment Austin Powers in Goldmember, the 10th installments Star Trek Nemesis and Jason X. 2002 is the only year in which a Star Wars and a Star Trek film were released in the same year.

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Top grossing films

Please note that following the tradition of the English-language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2002. The top ten films of 2002, by worldwide gross in $USD, as well as the US & Canada, UK, and Australia grosses, are as follows:

2002 Rank Title Studio Worldwide Gross U.S./Canada Gross U.K. Gross Australia Gross
1 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers New Line Cinema $925,282,504 $341,786,758 $91,914,687 $26,850,032
2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Warner Bros. $878,643,482 $261,988,482 $88,104,108 $20,857,535
3 Spider-Man Columbia Pictures $821,708,551 $403,706,375 $45,780,340 $16,890,782
4 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Fox/Lucasfilm $649,398,328 $310,676,740 $58,762,764 $18,632,998
5 Men in Black II Columbia Pictures $441,818,803 $190,418,803 $34,571,702 $9,698,146
6 Die Another Day MGM $431,971,116 $160,942,139 $59,182,873 $10,520,593
7 Signs Touchstone $408,247,917 $227,966,634 $25,004,129 $6,475,864
8 Ice Age Fox/Blue Sky $383,257,136 $176,387,405 $21,425,322 $10,869,472
9 My Big Fat Greek Wedding IFC Films $368,744,044 $241,438,208 $20,927,227 $15,168,243
10 Minority Report DreamWorks/Fox $358,372,926 $132,072,926 $31,388,860 $6,584,824


These numbers are taken from Box Office Mojo, including their 2002 Yearly Box Office Results.

2002 produced fifty-one films that have grossed more than $100 million, reaching blockbuster status. Seven films have grossed more than $400 million, reaching "international blockbuster" status.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers grossed $925.3 million, making it the thirteenth highest grossing film in history.

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Awards

Category/Organization 60th Golden Globe Awards
January 19, 2003
56th BAFTA Awards
February 23, 2003
75th Academy Awards
March 23, 2003
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film The Hours Chicago The Pianist Chicago
Best Director Martin Scorsese
Gangs of New York
Roman Polanski
The Pianist
Roman Polanski
The Pianist
Best Actor Jack Nicholson
About Schmidt
Richard Gere
Chicago
Daniel Day-Lewis
Gangs of New York
Adrien Brody
The Pianist
Best Actress Nicole Kidman
The Hours
Renée Zellweger
Chicago
Nicole Kidman
The Hours
Nicole Kidman
The Hours
Best Supporting Actor Chris Cooper
Adaptation.
Christopher Walken
Catch Me If You Can
Chris Cooper
Adaptation.
Best Supporting Actress Meryl Streep
Adaptation.
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Chicago
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Chicago
Best Screenplay, Adapted About Schmidt
Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
Adaptation.
Charlie and Donald Kaufman
The Pianist
Ronald Harwood
Best Screenplay, Original Talk to Her
Pedro Almodóvar
Talk to Her
Pedro Almodóvar
Best Score Frida
Elliot Goldenthal
The Hours
Philip Glass
Frida
Elliot Goldenthal
Best Foreign Language Film Talk to Her
(Hable con ella)
Talk to Her
(Hable con ella)
Nowhere in Africa
(Nirgendwo in Afrika)
Best Animated Film Spirited Away
(Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi)

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Pianist, directed by Roman Polanski, Poland

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

The Magdalene Sisters, directed by Peter Mullan, U.K. / Ireland

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi), directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Japan
Bloody Sunday, directed by Paul Greengrass, U.K. / Ireland


Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 1 Julia Phillips 57 USA Producer Taxi DriverClose Encounters of the Third KindThe StingSteelyard BluesDon't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
6 Mario Nascimbene 88 Italy Composer The VikingsRoom at the TopThe Barefoot Contessa
7 Avery Schreiber 66 USA Actor Robin Hood: Men in TightsDracula: Dead and Loving ItGalaxinaThe Concorde ... Airport '79
9 Bill McCutcheon 77 USA Actor Steel MagnoliasFamily BusinessTune in TomorrowVibesW.W. and the Dixie Dancekings
13 Ted Demme 38 USA Director, Producer BlowRoundersLifeThe RefBeautiful GirlsSnitch
17 Queenie Leonard 96 UK Actress Alice in WonderlandOne Hundred and One Dalmatians
19 Roy Conrad 61 USA Actor Patch AdamsCasinoThe WizardPink CadillacThe FanTitan A.E.
21 Peggy Lee 81 USA Singer, Actress Lady and the TrampPete Kelly's BluesThe Jazz Singer
February 1 Hildegard Knef 76 Germany Actress The Snows of KilimanjaroFedoraMurderers Among UsDecision Before DawnThe Dirty Dozen
11 Barry Foster 74 UK Actor FrenzyRyan's DaughterMauriceRancid Aluminum
13 Waylon Jennings 64 USA Singer, Actor Sesame Street Presents Follow That BirdMoonrunnersNashville RebelMackintosh and T.J.
18 Byrne Piven 72 USA Actor Being John MalkovichMiracle on 34th StreetVery Bad ThingsTrojan War
20 Fredric Steinkamp 73 USA Film Editor TootsieOut of AfricaScroogedThe FirmSabrinaAdventures in BabysittingThey Shoot Horses, Don't They?The Unsinkable Molly Brown
26 Lawrence Tierney 82 USA Actor Reservoir DogsThe Naked GunJuniorThe Greatest Show on EarthPrizzi's HonorArmageddonTough Guys Don't Dance
27 Spike Milligan 83 India Actor Life of BrianThe Big FreezeHistory of the World: Part I
March 1 Robert Weil 87 USA Actor The Little MermaidMoonstruckSaturday Night FeverThe Hudsucker ProxyThe Taking of Pelham One Two ThreeThe French ConnectionThe Naked Gun 2 1/2
4 Claire Davenport 68 UK Actress Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the JediThe Elephant ManThe Return of the Pink Panther
4 Eric Flynn 62 China Actor Empire of the SunSafari 3000
4 Shirley Russell 66 UK Costume Designer RedsTommyHope and GloryEnigmaFairyTale: A True Story
18 Denis Forest 41 Canada Actor The MaskCliffhangerEraser
23 Richard Sylbert 73 USA Production Designer ChinatownThe GraduateRosemary's BabyWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Dick TracyMy Best Friend's WeddingCarlito's WayThe Manchurian CandidateMobstersThe Bonfire of the VanitiesMulholland Falls
27 Milton Berle 93 USA Actor, Comedian It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad WorldThe Muppet MovieWhere Angels Go, Trouble FollowsJourney Back to Oz
27 Dudley Moore 66 UK Actor Arthur10Santa Claus: The MovieBedazzledDerek and Clive Get the HornLike Father Like SonCrazy People
27 Billy Wilder 95 Poland Director, Screenwriter The ApartmentSome Like it HotSunset BoulevardThe Fortune CookieStalag 17SabrinaThe Spirit of St. LouisAvanti!One, Two, Three
April 4 Harry O'Connor 44 USA Stuntman The Perfect StormXXXCharlie's AngelsK-PAXAir Force OneThe Animal
15 Robert Urich 55 USA Actor Magnum ForceEndangered Species
19 Reginald Rose 81 USA Screenwriter 12 Angry MenThe Wild GeeseThe Sea WolvesWhose Life Is It Anyway?
25 Michael Bryant 74 UK Actor GandhiHamletGoodbye, Mr. ChipsThe Miracle Maker
May 5 George Sidney 85 USA Director Viva Las VegasShowboatAnchors AweighBye Bye Birdie
11 Bill Peet 87 USA Screenwriter DumboPeter PanFantasiaAlice in WonderlandThe Sword and the StoneCinderellaOne Hundred and One Dalmatians
15 Bryan Pringle 67 USA Actor BrazilThree Men and a Little LadyJabberwocky
June 3 Sam Whipple 41 USA Actress The RockThe DoorsAirheadsBlue City
9 James Wheaton 78 USA Actor THX 1138
28 Robert S. Mendelsohn 68 USA Production Manager Se7enThe Onion FieldBarb Wire
29 Rosemary Clooney 74 USA Singer, Actress White ChristmasRadioland MurdersDeep in My HeartRed Garters
July 4 Ivan Moffat 84 Cuba Screenwriter GiantBlack SundayBhowani JunctionThey Came to CorduraHitler: The Last Ten Days
5 Katy Jurado 78 Mexico Actress High NoonOne-Eyed JacksUnder the VolcanoPat Garrett and Billy the KidThe Hi-Lo Country
6 John Frankenheimer 72 USA Director, Producer, Actor The Manchurian CandidateRoninReindeer GamesFrench Connection IIThe Island of Dr. MoreauBirdman of AlcatrazThe General's Daughter
9 Rod Steiger 77 USA Actor In the Heat of the NightMars Attacks!On the WaterfrontDoctor ZhivagoThe Amityville HorrorThe HurricaneThe Longest DayOklahoma!End of DaysLion of the DesertThe Specialist
15 Philip Roth 72 USA Actor One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestHarry and TontoWhat's Up, Doc?The Baltimore BulletLinda Lovelace for President
26 Buddy Baker 84 USA Composer The Fox and the HoundThe Apple Dumpling Gang
August 5 Josh Ryan Evans 20 USA Actor How the Grinch Stole Christmas
16 Jeff Corey 88 USA Actor Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidTrue GritLittle Big ManBeethoven's 2ndConan the DestroyerColor of Night
23 Dennis Fimple 78 USA Actor MaverickHouse of 1000 CorpsesKing KongStay HungryDown Periscope
30 J. Lee Thompson 88 UK Director The Guns of NavaroneCape FearConquest of the Planet of the ApesDeath Wish 4: The CrackdownHuckleberry Finn
September 3 Ted Ross 68 USA Actor The Fisher KingPolice AcademyArthurThe Wiz
7 Katrin Cartlidge 41 UK Actress From HellBreaking the WavesTopsy-Turvy
7 Michael Elphick 55 UK Actor Cry of the BansheeO Lucky Man!The First Great Train RobberyThe Elephant ManKrullGorky ParkWithnail & ILittle Dorrit David Copperfield
11 Kim Hunter 79 USA Actress A Streetcar Named DesirePlanet of the ApesStorm CenterMidnight in the Garden of Good and EvilThe Seventh Victim
16 James Gregory 90 USA Actor The Manchurian CandidateThe Flight of DragonsThe Love God?Beneath the Planet of the Apes
22 Carmen Phillips 65 USA Actress Easy RiderPlease Don't Eat the Daisies
October 3 Tad Horino 81 USA Actor Mulholland DriveRed SonjaKung Pow! Enter the FistTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IIIBill & Ted's Bogus Journey
4 Buddy Lester 85 USA Actor Ocean's ElevenThe Nutty Professor
18 Chuck Domanico 58 USA Musician Midnight RunThe Truth About Cats & DogsThe EdgeThe Big Kahuna
21 George Hall 85 Canada Actor Big DaddyMrs. BrownFrom the Hip
24 Charmian May 94 UK Actress Bridget Jones's DiaryThe DawningHighlander: EndgamePaper Mask
25 Richard Harris 72 UK Actor UnforgivenGladiatorCamelotThe Guns of NavaroneHarry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneThe Count of Monte CristoMutiny on the BountyPatriot GamesThe Cassandra CrossingThe Wild GeeseThe Bible: In the BeginningCapriceHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
27 André De Toth 90 Hungary Director, Screenwriter House of WaxThe GunfighterPlay DirtyThe Indian FighterCrime Wave
28 Lawrence Dobkin 83 USA Actor, Director, Screenwriter PattonThe Ten CommandmentsThe Defiant OnesJohnny Yuma
31 Raf Vallone 86 Italy Actor The Godfather: Part IIIEl CidThe Italian JobThe Other Side of MidnightLion of the Desert
November 2 Jonathan Harris 50 USA Actor Toy Story 2A Bug's Life
9 Merlin Santana 26 USA Actor Showtime
14 Eddie Bracken 87 USA Actor The Miracle of Morgan's CreekHome Alone 2: Lost in New YorkVacationOscarBaby's Day Out
18 James Coburn 74 USA Actor The Great EscapeAfflictionMonsters Inc.EraserMaverickSnow DogsYoung Guns IIHudson HawkThe Muppet MovieOur Man FlintSister Act 2: Back in the Habit
22 Parley Baer 88 USA Actor DaveSpace CaseThe Young LionsLast of the Dogmen
24 Noel Davis 75 UK Casting Director RedsRobin Hood: Prince of ThievesIshtarJane EyreIncognito
27 Billie Bird 94 USA Actress Home AloneDennis the MenaceSixteen CandlesErnest Saves ChristmasJury DutyPolice Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol
27 Roger Kemp 71 UK Actor Superman IIPink Floyd The WallDragonslayer
December 12 Brad Dexter 85 USA Actor The Magnificent SevenThe Asphalt JungleShampooThe Las Vegas StoryRun Silent Run Deep
14 Ruth Kobart 78 USA Actress Dirty HarrySister ActHow to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
15 Arthur Jeph Parker 79 USA Set Decorator SilveradoPrivate BenjaminThe China SyndromeThe ShootistDragnet
27 George Roy Hill 81 USA Director Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidThe StingSlap ShotHawaiiThe Great Waldo Pepper

Wide-release films

In the film industry, a wide-release film is a film that studios believe will appeal to a broad spectrum of the public and that shows in at least 600 theatres in the United States and Canada. The following films meet these criteria: Dates given are U.S. and Canadian release dates.

Films released in the United States in 2002 include:

  • W: wide release (600 or more theaters)
  • L: limited release in select cities (fewer than 600 theaters)
  • R: re-release of previously released film

January - March

‡ Films that achieved wide-release status after initial release
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4 W Impostor Miramax Films Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe, Vincent D'Onofrio
11 W Orange County Paramount Pictures Colin Hanks, Jack Black, Schuyler Fisk, Bret Harrison, Kyle Howard, Catherine O'Hara, Mike White
18 W Snow Dogs Walt Disney Pictures Dir: Brian Levant; Cuba Gooding, Jr., James Coburn, Nichelle Nichols, Joanna Bacalso, Sisqo
25 W The Count of Monte Cristo Touchstone Pictures James Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris, Dagmara Dominczyk
Kung Pow! Enter the Fist 20th Century Fox Steve Oedekerk, Jennifer Tung, Lung Fei, Leo Lee
The Mothman Prophecies Screen Gems Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Debra Messing, Will Patton, Lucinda Jenney
A Walk to Remember Warner Bros. Mandy Moore, Shane West
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1 W Birthday Girl Miramax Films Nicole Kidman, Ben Chaplin, Vincent Cassel, Mathieu Kassovitz
Slackers Screen Gems Jason Schwartzman, Devon Sawa, Jason Segel, Mike Maronna, Jaime King, Laura Prepon
8 W Big Fat Liar Universal Studios Dir: Shawn Levy; Frankie Muniz, Paul Giamatti, Amanda Bynes, Amanda Detmer, Donald Faison
Collateral Damage Warner Bros. Dir: Andrew Davis; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elias Koteas, Francesca Neri, John Leguizamo, John Turturro
Rollerball Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Dir: John McTiernan; Chris Klein, Jean Reno, LL Cool J, Rebecca Romijn, Naveen Andrews
15 W Crossroads Paramount Pictures Dir: Tamra Davis; Britney Spears, Anson Mount, Zoe Saldana, Taryn Manning, Kim Cattrall, Dan Aykroyd
Hart's War Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard, Cole Hauser, Marcel Iureş
John Q New Line Cinema Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, James Woods, Anne Heche, Eddie Griffin, Kimberly Elise
Return to Never Land Walt Disney Pictures Blayne Weaver, Harriet Owen, Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett, Kath Soucie, Roger Rees, Andrew McDonough, Spencer Breslin, Bradley Pierce, Frank Welker, Jim Cummings, Clive Revill, Dan Castellaneta
Super Troopers Fox Searchlight Pictures Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Brian Cox
22 W Dragonfly Universal Studios Kevin Costner, Joe Morton, Ron Rifkin, Linda Hunt, Kathy Bates
Queen of the Damned Warner Bros. Aaliyah, Stuart Townsend, Marguerite Moreau, Paul McGann, Vincent Perez, Lena Olin
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1 W 40 Days and 40 Nights Miramax Films Dir: Michael Lehmann; Josh Hartnett, Shannyn Sossamon, Paulo Costanzo
We Were Soldiers Paramount Pictures Mel Gibson, Sam Elliott, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear, Don Duong, Chris Klein, Keri Russell
8 W All About the Benjamins New Line Cinema Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Eva Mendes, Tommy Flanagan, Carmen Chaplin, Valarie Rae Miller
The Time Machine DreamWorks Guy Pearce, Samantha Mumba, Mark Addy, Sienna Guillory, Phyllida Law, Alan Young, Omero Mumba
15 W Ice Age 20th Century Fox Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary
Resident Evil Screen Gems Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Martin Crewes, Colin Salmon
Showtime Warner Bros. Dir: Tom Dey; Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, Rene Russo, William Shatner
22 W Blade II New Line Cinema Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Thomas Kretschmann, Leonor Varela, Danny John-Jules
Ali G Indahouse Universal Studios Sacha Baron Cohen, Martin Freeman, Michael Gambon
Sorority Boys Touchstone Pictures Barry Watson, Michael Rosenbaum, Harland Williams, Melissa Sagemiller, Heather Matarazzo
R E.T. (20th anniversary edition) Universal Pictures Dir: Steven Spielberg; Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas
29 W Clockstoppers Paramount Pictures Jesse Bradford, Paula Garcés, French Stewart
Death to Smoochy Warner Bros. Dir: Danny DeVito; Robin Williams, Edward Norton, Danny DeVito, Catherine Keener, Jon Stewart
Panic Room Columbia Pictures Dir: David Fincher; Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam, Jared Leto
The Rookie Walt Disney Pictures Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez, Brian Cox

April - June

‡ Films that achieved wide-release status after initial release
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5 W Big Trouble Touchstone Pictures Dir: Barry Sonnenfeld; Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Stanley Tucci, Tom Sizemore, Johnny Knoxville, Dennis Farina
High Crimes 20th Century Fox Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, James Caviezel, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Bruce Davison, Tom Bower
National Lampoon's Van Wilder Artisan Entertainment Dir: Walt Becker; Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Kal Penn
12 W Changing Lanes Paramount Pictures Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Toni Collette, Sydney Pollack, William Hurt, Amanda Peet
Frailty Lions Gate Entertainment Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe, Matt O'Leary, Jeremy Sumpter
The Sweetest Thing Columbia Pictures Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Selma Blair, Thomas Jane, Jason Bateman, Parker Posey
19 W Murder by Numbers Warner Bros. Dir: Barbet Schroeder; Sandra Bullock, Ben Chaplin, Ryan Gosling, Michael Pitt
My Big Fat Greek Wedding IFC Films Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Ian Gomez
The Scorpion King Universal Studios Dwayne Johnson, Steven Brand, Kelly Hu, Bernard Hill, Grant Heslov, Peter Facinelli, Ralf Möller
26 W Jason X New Line Cinema Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, Lisa Ryder, Chuck Campbell, Jonathan Potts, Peter Mensah, Melyssa Ade
Life or Something Like It 20th Century Fox Dir: Stephen Herek; Angelina Jolie, Edward Burns, Stockard Channing, Christian Kane, Tony Shalhoub
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3 W Deuces Wild Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Stephen Dorff, Brad Renfro, Fairuza Balk, Norman Reedus, Max Perlich
Hollywood Ending DreamWorks Woody Allen, George Hamilton, Téa Leoni, Debra Messing, Mark Rydell, Treat Williams, Peter Gerety
Spider-Man Columbia Pictures Dir: Sam Raimi; Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris
8 W Unfaithful 20th Century Fox Dir: Adrian Lyne; Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Olivier Martinez, Erik Per Sullivan
10 W The New Guy Columbia Pictures DJ Qualls, Eliza Dushku, Zooey Deschanel
16 W Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 20th Century Fox Dir: George Lucas; Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Frank Oz, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee
17 W About a Boy Universal Studios Dir: Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz; Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz, Sharon Small
24 W Enough Columbia Pictures Dir: Michael Apted; Jennifer Lopez, Billy Campbell, Juliette Lewis, Dan Futterman, Fred Ward, Tessa Allen
Insomnia Warner Bros. Dir: Christopher Nolan; Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Maura Tierney, Martin Donovan, Paul Dooley
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron DreamWorks Animation Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Daniel Studi
31 W The Sum of All Fears Paramount Pictures Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell, Ciarán Hinds, Liev Schreiber, Bridget Moynahan
Undercover Brother Universal Studios Eddie Griffin, Chris Kattan, Dave Chappelle, Denise Richards, Aunjanue Ellis, Neil Patrick Harris
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7 W Bad Company Touchstone Pictures Dir: Joel Schumacher; Anthony Hopkins, Chris Rock
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Warner Bros. Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, James Garner
14 W The Bourne Identity Universal Studios Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, Clive Owen
Scooby-Doo Warner Bros. Dir: Raja Gosnell; Freddie Prinze, Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini, Rowan Atkinson
Windtalkers Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Nicolas Cage, Christian Slater, Adam Beach
21 W Juwanna Mann Warner Bros. Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Vivica A. Fox, Kevin Pollak, Tommy Davidson, Kim Wayans, Ginuwine
Lilo & Stitch Walt Disney Pictures Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Ving Rhames
Minority Report 20th Century Fox Dir: Steven Spielberg; Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Max von Sydow, Steve Harris, Neal McDonough
28 W Hey Arnold!: The Movie Paramount Pictures Spencer Klein, Francesca Smith, Jamil Walker Smith, Dan Castellaneta, Tress MacNeille
Mr. Deeds Columbia Pictures Dir: Steven Brill; Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder, Peter Gallagher, Jared Harris, Allen Covert, John Turturro

July - September

The Powerpuff Girls Movie|| Warner Bros.|| Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong, Elizabeth Daily, Rogen L. Jackson, Tom Kane, Tom Kenny, Jennifer Hale

‡ Films that achieved wide-release status after initial release
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3 W Like Mike 20th Century Fox Bow Wow, Brenda Song, Morris Chestnut, Jonathan Lipnicki
Men in Black II Columbia Pictures Dir: Barry Sonnenfeld; Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Rip Torn, Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Rosario Dawson
12 W The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin, Neil Fanning, Magda Szubanski, David Wenham, Lachy Hulme, Aden Young
Halloween: Resurrection Dimension Films Busta Rhymes, Bianca Kajlich, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Ryan Merriman, Daisy McCrackin, Katee Sackhoff
Reign of Fire Touchstone Pictures Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Izabella Scorupco, Gerard Butler, Alice Krige
Road to Perdition DreamWorks Dir: Sam Mendes; Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Daniel Craig
17 W Eight Legged Freaks Warner Bros. David Arquette, Kari Wührer, Scarlett Johansson, Doug E. Doug
19 W K-19: The Widowmaker Paramount Pictures Dir: Kathryn Bigelow; Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson
Stuart Little 2 Columbia Pictures Michael J. Fox, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Jonathan Lipnicki, James Woods
26 W Austin Powers in Goldmember New Line Cinema Dir: Jay Roach; Mike Myers, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael Caine, Seth Green, Michael York, Robert Wagner, Mindy Sterling, Verne Troyer
The Country Bears Walt Disney Pictures Don Henley, Haley Joel Osment, Diedrich Bader, James Gammon, Brad Garrett, Queen Latifah, Elton John, Christopher Walken
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2 W Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat Paramount Pictures Martin Lawrence
The Master of Disguise Columbia Pictures Dana Carvey, Jennifer Esposito, Harold Gould, James Brolin, Brent Spiner, Bo Derek
Signs Touchstone Pictures Dir: M. Night Shyamalan; Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin
7 W Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Dimension Films Dir: Robert Rodriguez; Alexa Vega, Emily Osment, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino
9 W Blood Work Warner Bros. Clint Eastwood, Jeff Daniels, Anjelica Huston, Wanda De Jesus
xXx Columbia Pictures Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Marton Csokas, Samuel L. Jackson
16 W The Adventures of Pluto Nash Warner Bros. Dir: Ron Underwood; Eddie Murphy, Randy Quaid, Rosario Dawson, Joe Pantoliano, Jay Mohr, Luis Guzmán, James Rebhorn, Pam Grier, Burt Young
Blue Crush Universal Studios Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Matthew Davis, Sanoe Lake, Mika Boorem
21 W One Hour Photo Fox Searchlight Pictures Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Dylan Smith, Gary Cole, Eriq La Salle
23 W Serving Sara Paramount Pictures Matthew Perry, Elizabeth Hurley, Bruce Campbell
S1m0ne New Line Cinema Al Pacino, Catherine Keener, Rachel Roberts
Undisputed Miramax Films Wesley Snipes, Ving Rhames, Peter Falk, Michael Rooker, Jon Seda, Wes Studi, Fisher Stevens
30 W FeardotCom Warner Bros. Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Rea
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6 W City by the Sea Warner Bros. Robert De Niro, Eliza Dushku, James Franco
Swimfan 20th Century Fox Jesse Bradford, Erika Christensen, Shiri Appleby, Clayne Crawford, Jason Ritter, Dan Hedaya
13 W Barbershop Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer
Stealing Harvard Columbia Pictures Jason Lee, Tom Green, Leslie Mann, Dennis Farina, Richard Jenkins, John C. McGinley, Tammy Blanchard
20 W Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever Warner Bros. Antonio Banderas, Lucy Liu, Gregg Henry, Ray Park, Talisa Soto
The Banger Sisters Fox Searchlight Pictures Goldie Hawn, Susan Sarandon, Geoffrey Rush
The Four Feathers Paramount Pictures Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Djimon Hounsou, Kate Hudson
Trapped Columbia Pictures Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Stuart Townsend, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Fanning
27 W Sweet Home Alabama Touchstone Pictures Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey, Fred Ward, Candice Bergen, Mary Kay Place
The Tuxedo DreamWorks Jackie Chan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jason Isaacs

October - December

‡ Films that achieved wide-release status after initial release
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4 W Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie Artisan Entertainment Phil Vischer, Mike Nawrocki
Red Dragon Universal Studios Dir: Brett Ratner; Edward Norton, Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman
11 W Brown Sugar Fox Searchlight Pictures Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Mos Def, Nicole Ari Parker, Boris Kodjoe, Queen Latifah
Knockaround Guys New Line Cinema Barry Pepper, Seth Green, Vin Diesel, John Malkovich, Dennis Hopper
The Rules of Attraction Lions Gate Entertainment James van der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Ian Somerhalder, Kip Pardue, Clifton Collins, Jr., Kate Bosworth
The Transporter 20th Century Fox Jason Statham, Shu Qi, Matt Schulze, François Berléand
Tuck Everlasting Walt Disney Pictures Alexis Bledel, William Hurt, Sissy Spacek, Jonathan Jackson, Scott Bairstow, Ben Kingsley, Victor Garber
White Oleander Warner Bros. Alison Lohman, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright Penn, Renee Zellweger
18 W Abandon Paramount Pictures Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt, Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Whitmere, Fred Ward
The 51st State Screen Gems Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle, Emily Mortimer, Meat Loaf
The Ring DreamWorks Dir: Gore Verbinski; Naomi Watts, Daveigh Chase, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox
25 W Ghost Ship Warner Bros. Gabriel Byrne, Julianna Margulies, Desmond Harrington, Isiah Washington, Ron Eldard, Karl Urban
Jackass: The Movie Paramount Pictures Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Ryan Dunn, Dave England, Jason Acuña
The Truth About Charlie Universal Studios Dir: Jonathan Demme; Mark Wahlberg, Thandie Newton, Tim Robbins, Ted Levine, Lisa Gay Hamilton
Time Changer Five & Two Pictures Dir: Rich Christiano; D. David Morin, Jennifer O'Neill, Hal Linden, Gavin MacLeod, Paul Rodriguez
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1 W I Spy Columbia Pictures Dir: Betty Thomas; Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, Famke Janssen, Malcolm McDowell, Gary Cole, Phill Lewis
The Santa Clause 2 Walt Disney Pictures Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, David Krumholtz, Eric Lloyd, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson
6 W Femme Fatale Warner Bros. Dir: Brian De Palma; Rebecca Romijn, Antonio Banderas
8 W 8 Mile Universal Studios Dir: Curtis Hanson; Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy, Mekhi Phifer
15 W Half Past Dead Screen Gems Morris Chestnut, Steven Seagal, Ja Rule, Kurupt
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Warner Bros. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Kenneth Branagh, Alan Rickman, Jason Isaacs, Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw, Julie Walters, Warwick Davis
22 W Die Another Day Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rick Yune, Rosamund Pike, Judi Dench, Will Yun Lee
The Emperor's Club Universal Studios Kevin Kline, Emile Hirsch, Embeth Davidtz, Rob Morrow, Edward Hermann, Harris Yulin, Paul Dano
Friday After Next New Line Cinema Ice Cube, Mike Epps, John Witherspoon, Don 'D.C.' Curry, Anna Maria Horsford, Clifton Powell
27 W Eight Crazy Nights Columbia Pictures Adam Sandler, Jackie Titone, Austin Stout, Rob Schneider
Extreme Ops Paramount Pictures Devon Sawa, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Rupert Graves, Rufus Sewell
Solaris 20th Century Fox Dir: Steven Soderbergh; George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Viola Davis, Jeremy Davies, Ulrich Tukur
Treasure Planet Walt Disney Pictures Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brian Murray, David Hyde Pierce, Martin Short, Emma Thompson
They Dimension Films Laura Regan, Marc Blucas, Ethan Embry, Dagmara Dominczyk, Jon Abrahams
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6 W Analyze That Warner Bros. Dir: Harold Ramis; Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow, Joe Viterelli, Cathy Moriarty
Empire Universal Studios John Leguizamo, Peter Sarsgaard, Delilah Cotto, Denise Richards
L Adaptation Columbia Pictures Dir: Spike Jonze; Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper
13 W Drumline 20th Century Fox Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones, Leonard Roberts, Zoe Saldana, Jason Weaver
The Hot Chick Touchstone Pictures Rob Schneider, Rachel McAdams, Anna Faris, Matthew Lawrence, Eric Christian Olsen, Sam Doumit
Maid in Manhattan Columbia Pictures Dir: Wayne Wang; Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson
Star Trek Nemesis Paramount Pictures Dir: Stuart Baird; Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden
L About Schmidt New Line Cinema Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Kathy Bates
18 W The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers New Line Cinema Dir: Peter Jackson; Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies
20 W Gangs of New York Miramax Films Dir: Martin Scorsese; Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas, Jim Broadbent
Two Weeks Notice Warner Bros. Dir: Marc Lawrence; Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant
The Wild Thornberrys Movie Paramount Pictures Lacey Chabert, Tom Kane, Tim Curry, Lynn Redgrave, Jodi Carlisle, Danielle Harris, Flea
25 W Catch Me If You Can DreamWorks Dir: Steven Spielberg; Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Amy Adams, Martin Sheen, Nathalie Baye
Pinocchio Miramax Films Dir: Roberto Benigni; Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Carlo Giuffrè, Fichi d'India, Kim Rossi Stuart

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