Mo' money! Mo' money! Mo' money! This year will leave the record breaking marks of 2001 in the dust. This is how I think things will shape up in the coming months... RECORD OPENINGS 2001 saw a jaw-dropping 8 films debut with more than $50 million. A record five of those films opened north of the $60 million mark. This year I'm predicting that no less than 7 films will debut with more than $60 million, a record-shattering 3 of those films will each open with more than $70 million. Those films will be... "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" over $70 mil "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" over $70 mil "Spider-Man" over $70 mil "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" over $60 mil "Minority Report" over $60 mil "Men in Black II" over $60 mil "Austin Powers 3" over $60 mil Overall, I think we'll see at least 10 films open north of $50 million, establishing a new industry best. Still, in the end, I really don't see anything breaking the record $90.2 million debut of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone". $100 MILLION EARNERS 2000 currently holds the single year best mark with 22 releases that earned over $100 million. I think we'll see no less than a record-shattering 25 films passing the century mark this year (not counting "Black Hawk Down", which is considered a 2001 release). $200 MILLION EARNERS 2001 saw a record 6 films pass the $200 million plateau. This year I think 7 or 8 films will do that this year to establish a new record. THEATER ADMISSIONS 2001 established a modern-day record of 1.49 billion admissions, I think the 2002 mark will exceed 1.5 billion. DOMESTIC SALES 2001, again, holds the record with $8.35 billion in domestic ticket sales. Add in the fact that ticket prices will again see a price-hike, and I think 2002 will establish a new record with between $8.5 and $9 billion in domestic ticket sales. 2002 has the potential to be the biggest year ever for the studios, with many mega-movies on tap for release, I think this is going to be a year to remember at the box office.