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Company Town Film Profit Report

July 31, 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 27-29:

Highlights:

* "Planet of the Apes" looks to be a worldwide hit and the potential beginning of a renewed franchise for 20th Century Fox.

* "Legally Blonde" has held in with such strength that it now looks to make the financially troubled MGM a profit of more than $50 million.

$$ 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 10 $60 $260 Jurassic Park III Universal 2 92 180 Planet of the Apes Fox 1 100 180 The Fast and the Furious Universal 8 38 140 America's Sweethearts Sony 3 48 100 Legally Blonde MGM 4 18 75

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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 6 $72 $110 Cats & Dogs Warner Bros. 7 60 92 Scary Movie 2 Dimension 9 45 70 Kiss of the Dragon Fox 11 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 The Score Paramount 5 68 68

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Losers (less than $5 million)*--*

Projected Box- Estimated U.S. box-office office cost, in receipts, Movie title Studio rank millions in millions Final Fantasy Sony 12 $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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