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Company Town Film Profit Report

October 24, 2000|RICHARD NATALE

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 release. Typical industry marketing costs are factored into this profit analysis. Results for the weekend of Oct. 20-22:

Highlights

"The Legend of Drunken Master" will bring some money back to Miramax/Dimension in the ancillary afterlife.

Both "Bedazzled" and "Pay It Forward" could hang in long enough to reach break even.

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

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rojected U.S. Box- Estimated box-office office cost, in receipts, Movie title Studio rank millions in millions Meet the Parents Universal/ DreamWorks 1 $55 $120 Remember the Titans Disney 4 30 105

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$ Moneymakers ($10 million or more in profit)

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Projected U.S. Box- Estimated box-office office cost, in receipts, Movie title Studio rank millions in millions The Exorcist Warner Bros. 8 $1 $40 The Contender DreamWorks 6 9 20 Best in Show Warner Bros. 11 6 15

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? Tossups ($5 million in profit or loss)

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Pojected U.S. Box- Estimated box-office office cost, in receipts, Movie title Studio rank millions in millions Bedazzled Fox 2 $48 $45 Pay It Forward Warner Bros. 3 40 38 Ladies Man Paramount 9 11 15 Dr. T & the Women Artisan 10 12 13 The Legend of the Dimension 5 2 9 Drunken Master

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Losers (more than $5 million in loss)

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Projected U.S. Box- Estimated box-office office cost, in receipts, Movie title Studio rank millions in millions Almost Famous DreamWorks 12 $60 $32 Lost Souls New Line 7 28 20

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

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