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Domestic Market Share

May 13, 1997

Domestic market share and number of films in release for U.S. distributors from Jan. 6-May 4:

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Distributor Films Market Share Sony 20 20.4% Fox 12 16.5% Universal 7 13.2% Buena Vista 19 12.5% Paramount 15 10.3% Miramax 17 8.5% New Line 15 7.6% Warner 13 6.8% MGM / UA 7 1.2%

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Tracking the Top 10

Total box-office grosses of the latest top 10 releases for the weekend of May 9-11, in millions of dollars:

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Film Wks. in Wknd. % Chg Box Office (Distributor) release total from last to date 1 The Fifth Element (Columbia) 1 $17.0 --- $17.0 2 Father's Day (Warner) 1 8.8 --- 8.8 3 Breakdown (Paramount) 2 $7.6 -38 $23.2 4 Austin Powers (New Line) 2 7.1 -26 19.5 5 Volcano (Fox) 3 $4.5 -51 34.1 6 Liar Liar (Universal) 8 3.6 -38 156.5 7 Romy and... (Buena Vista) 3 2.9 -46 19.1 8 Anaconda (Columbia) 5 2.7 -44 53.1 9 The Saint (Paramount) 6 1.6 -49 54.8 10 Murder at 1600 (Warner) 4 1.3 -54 21.7

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*Distributors receive roughly half of box-office revenue, on average.

Note: Market share figures for Sony include Columbia, TriStar and Triumph releases. Figures for New Line include Fine Line releases. Sources: Top 10 provided by Entertainment Data Inc.; box-office projections provided by Lisbeth R. Barron, Bear, Stearns & Co.

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