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Company Town Film Profit Report

March 06, 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 March 2-4:

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Highlights:

* "The Mexican" should be profitable for DreamWorks, especially overseas where the Julia Roberts-Brad Pitt combination should be an even bigger draw.

* "See Spot Run" will be very profitable for Warner Bros., which split the production expenses with Village Roadshow.

$$ 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 Cast Away Fox/DreamWorks 12 $90 $230 Hannibal MGM/Universal 2 80 170 Crouching Tiger Sony Classics 5 15 105 Traffic USA 6 50 105

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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 The Mexican DreamWorks 1 $38 $65 Down to Earth Paramount 4 30 65 The Wedding Planner Sony 11 28 60 Chocolat Miramax 7 25 60 Recess: School's Out Disney 8 10 40 See Spot Run Warner Bros. 3 16 28

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Losers (more than $5 million in loss)

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Box- Estimated office cost, in Movie title Studio rank millions Sweet November Warner Bros. 10 $40 3,000 Miles to Graceland Warner Bros. 9 62

Projected U.S. box-office* receipts,* Movie title in millions Sweet November $28 3,000 Miles to Graceland 18

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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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