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Company Town Film Profit Report

July 24, 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 July 20-22:

Highlights:

* The fortunes of Universal and Amblin's "Jurassic Park" franchise continue with a third extremely profitable installment.

* "America's Sweethearts" should be very profitable for both Sony and co-financier Revolution Studios, which share the costs, though some of the earnings will go to the film's talent through profit participation.

$$ 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 Shrek DreamWorks 11 $60 $260 Jurassic Park III Universal 1 92 180 The Fast and the Furious Universal 6 38 135 America's Sweethearts Sony 2 48 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 Dr. Dolittle 2 Fox 8 $72 $105 Cats & Dogs Warner Bros. 5 60 90 Scary Movie 2 Dimension 7 45 70 Legally Blonde MGM 3 18 65 Kiss of the Dragon Fox 10 25 35

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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 A.I. Warner Bros. 12 $95 $80 The Score Paramount 4 68 65

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Losers (less 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 Final Fantasy Sony 9 $115 $33

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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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