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Company Town Film Profit Report

March 07, 2000

This report is based on projections of total U.S. box-office gross from a consensus of industry sources and studio financial models. The U.S. returns represent only 20% of a film's final revenue, which includes income from video, TV and overseas theatrical. Typical industry marketing costs are factored into this profit analysis, as are the relative strengths of specific film genres in foreign markets. Results for the weekend of March 3-5:

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$$ Mega-Moneymakers ($50 million or more in profit)

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Projected Box- Estimated U.S. box-office office cost, in receipts, Movie title Studio rank millions in millions American Beauty DreamWorks SKG 9 15 100 Snow Day Paramount 6 13 65

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$ Moneymakers ($10 million or more in profit)

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Projected Box- Estimated U.S. box-office office cost, in receipts, Movie title Studio rank millions in millions The Whole Nine Yards Warner Bros. 1 24 52 The Cider House Rules Miramax 10 24 48 Pitch Black USA 5 23 40

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? Tossups ($5 million in profit or loss)

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Projected Box- Estimated U.S. box-office office cost, in receipts, Movie title Studio rank millions in millions Hanging Up Sony 11 40 38 My Dog Skip Warner Bros. 3 7 18 Drowning Mona Destination 4 16 15 Three Strikes MGM 12 6 10

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Money Losers

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Projected Box- Estimated U.S. box-office office cost, in receipts, Movie title Studio rank millions in millions Wonder Boys Paramount 8 35 22 Reindeer Games Miramax 7 42 22 The Next Best Thing Paramount 2 25 16 What Planet Are You From? Sony -- 50 6

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Notes: Cost estimates are for production only. Only half of box-office receipts come back to the studio.

Researched by RICHARD NATALE

If you have information or comments about the chart, call (213) 237-2001 or send e-mail to company.town@latimes.com. Send faxes to (213) 237-7837.

For weekly box-office listings, see Calendar section Tuesdays.

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