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Company Town Film Profit Report

September 06, 2000|RICHARD NATALE and \f7

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 Sept. 1-4:

Highlights:

* "The Cell" is another late summer profit maker for New Line. "The Original Kings of Comedy" will generate a substantial profit for Paramount and "Godzilla 2000" will reap a healthy return based on its insignificant acquisition cost.

$ Moneymakers ($10 million or more in profit)

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Box- Estimated office cost, in Movie title Studio rank millions What Lies Beneath DreamWorks/Fox 6 $100 The Nutty Professor II Universal 9 84 Space Cowboys Warner Bros. 3 65 The Cell New Line 2 33 Bring It On Universal 1 10 The Original Kings.... Paramount 7 3

Projected U.S. box-office receipts, Movie title in millions What Lies Beneath $148 The Nutty Professor II 120 Space Cowboys 90 The Cell 60 Bring It On 55 The Original Kings.... 38

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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 Autumn in New York MGM 11 $40 $37 Highlander: Endgame Dimension 5 15 14 Saving Grace Fine Line 12 4 12 Whipped Destination -- 3 6

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Losers (more than $5 million in loss)

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Projected Box- Estimated U.S. box-office office cost, in receipts, Movie title Studio rank millions in millions The Replacements Warner Bros. 8 $50 $42 The Art of War Warner Bros. 4 40 30 The Crew Disney 10 23 14

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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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