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July 2002
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TOP 5 U.S.
DISTRIBUTORS

   The top 5 domestic distributors to date are as follows (Dollar figures in millions.):

SONY
758.7
16.91%

20TH CENTURY FOX
678.1
15.11%

UNIVERSAL
556.2
12.40%

WARNER BROS.
526.3
11.73%

BUENA VISTA
482.5
10.75%



LUCAS SPINS OFF THX

Not only be movie audiences will be listening to THX-approved sound systems from now on; George Lucas's Lucasfilm announced that it will spin off THX as an independent company, allowing it to expand to car audio and computer game consoles.


MASSACHUSETTS FILM OFFICE SHUT-DOWN

The Massachusetts Film Office has been shut down, at least temporarily, while legislators decide whether to restore its $600,000 annual budget, the Boston Globe reported. The office's director, Robin Dawson, told the Globe: "We're talking conservatively of $30 to $40 million coming into the state for late summer or fall. If there's no film officer, then it's unlikely that the studios will come here to shoot." Both acting governor Jane Swift and the state senate have proposed that the office be permanently eliminated.



MOVIES IN EUROPE

The 20-percent rise in the U.S. box-office gross in 2002 has been exceeded in only two countries in Europe: the U.K., where the take is up 23.7 percent from last year, and Denmark, where it is up 30 percent. Other European countries are showing either modest increases for the period or declines, according to a survey published by the British trade paper Screen International.