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Company Town Film Report

November 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 Nov. 2-4:

Highlights:

* "Monsters, Inc." looks to be one of the most profitable movies of recent years, with Disney and Pixar splitting the bounty.

* "The One" should make money for Sony and Revolution studios, which roughly split its cost.

* "Domestic Disturbance," for which Paramount has 75% exposure, may not recoup its cost.

$$ 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 Monsters, Inc. Disney/Pixar 1 $115 $190

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$ Moneymakers ($10 million or more in profit)

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Box- Estimated office cost, in Movie title Studio rank millions Training Day Warner Bros./Village Roadshow 8 $45 The One Sony/Revolution 2 49 Serendipity Miramax 10 28 Thirteen Ghosts Warner Bros./Sony 5 20

Projected U.S. box-office receipts, Movie title in millions Training Day $75 The One 58 Serendipity 48 Thirteen Ghosts 38

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? Tossups ($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 K-PAX Universal/Intermedia 4 $48 $52 From Hell Fox 7 35 33

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Losers (less than $5 million)

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Box- Estimated office cost, in Movie title Studio rank millions Bandits MGM/Hyde Park 9 $80 Domestic Disturbance Paramount 3 53 Riding in Cars With Boys Sony 6 48 The Last Castle DreamWorks 11 60 Bones *ew Line 12 11

Projected U.S. box-office receipts, Movie title in millions Bandits $42 Domestic Disturbance 38 Riding in Cars With Boys 33 The Last Castle 18 Bones 8

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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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