Warner Bros Set 'Matrix Reloaded' Release Date

Warner Bros. Pictures has set the domestic release of "The Matrix Reloaded" for Thursday May 15 2003, reports Variety.

The second Matrix sequel, "The Matrix Revolutions," also will be released in 2003, sometime during the holiday season.

"There's a pent-up demand for the movie, and we want to get it out there as soon as we can," said Jeff Goldstein, Warners' executive VP about the studio's decision for a Thursday release. "It's already an event, but we wanted to make it more pronounced."

This is the first time that Warners has released a film on a Thursday.

The first "Matrix" sequel will go out on more than 3,200 screens, eight days before the Memorial Day weekend. This release pattern mimics the one adopted by "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones."

"The Matrix" opened in North America on March 31, 1999, and grossed $458 million worldwide and $171.5 million domestically. It also became the first DVD title to sell 1 million units.

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