Company Town Film Profit Report

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 June 22-24:

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Highlights:

* "The Fast and the Furious" is a modestly budgeted action film that will make a handsome profit for Universal.

* "Dr. Dolittle 2" will earn a profit based on its domestic and foreign appeal in theaters and should be a strong family video title at year's end.

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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 Shrek DreamWorks 5 $60 $250 The Mummy Returns Universal 11 98 205 The Fast and the Furious Universal 1 38 120

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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 Pearl Harbor Disney 7 $140 $195 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Paramount 3 80 130 Dr. Dolittle 2 Fox 2 72 95 Atlantis Disney 4 90 90 The Animal Sony 10 22 60

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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 Swordfish Warner Bros. 6 $80 $75 Moulin Rouge Fox 8 50 52

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

Box- Estimated office cost, in Movie title Studio rank millions Evolution DreamWorks/Sony 9 $80 What's the Worst ... MGM 12 45

Projected U.S. box-office* receipts,* Movie title in millions Evolution $38 What's the Worst ... 34

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Notes: Cost estimates are for production only. Only half of box-office receipts come back to the studio.

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