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Company Town Film Profit Report

April 10, 2001|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. and Canadian returns (about 55% of gross) represent only 20% of a film's final revenue, which includes overseas theatrical, video and TV income. The industry marketing average of $30 million per film is factored into these profit equations, as is the relative strength of specific film genres in foreign markets. Results for the weekend of April 6-8:

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Highlights:

* Though Disney is paying only for prints and advertising on "Just Visiting," produced by Gaumont, it is hard to see how anyone will recoup their costs on this remake of a French comedy.

* The low cost to Warner Bros. for the third "Pokemon" film will enable the studio to collect a profit, especially after home video sales are factored in.

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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 Crouching Tiger Sony Classics 9 $15 $125 Spy Kids Dimension 1 35 95

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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 Along Came A Spider Paramount 2 $28 $55 Exit Wounds Warner Bros. 11 40 50 The Brothers Sony 8 6 28 Pokemon 3 Warner Bros. 4 3 20

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? Toss-ups ($5 million or more in profit/loss)

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Projected Box- Estimated U.S. box-office* office cost, in receipts,* Movie title Studio rank millions in millions Enemy at the Gates Paramount 7 $70 $46 Heartbreakers MGM 6 38 40 Blow New Line 3 36 38 Someone Like You Fox 5 23 25 Tomcats Sony 10 11 16

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Losers (more than $5 million)

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Projected Box- Estimated U.S. box-office* office cost, in receipts,* Movie title Studio rank millions in millions Just Visiting Disney 12 $40 $5

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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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