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January 2002
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TOP 10 U.S.
DISTRIBUTORS
FOR 2001

   The top 10 domestic distributors for 2001 are as follows (Dollar figures in millions.):

1) WARNER BROS.
Grossed: $1195.8
14.8%

2) UNIVERSAL
Grossed: $977.0
12.1%

3) 20TH CENTURY FOX
Grossed: $919.2
11.3%

4) PARAMOUNT
Grossed: $913.3
11.3%

5) BUENA VISTA
Grossed: $906.8
11.2%

6) SONY
Grossed: $705.7
8.7%

7) NEW LINE
Grossed: $477.8
5.9%

8) MGM/UA
Grossed: $445.1
5.5%

9) DREAMWORKS
Grossed: $400.4
4.9%

10) DIMENSION
Grossed: $350.2
4.3%



Disney Earns $1 Billion Overseas

Thanks to a better performance overseas than in the US, Pearl Harbor has helped Disney's Buena Vista International pull in $1-billion at the box office. This marks the seventh year in a row the studio has reached that money milestone. The movie took in $251.5 million abroad -- some $50 million more than it has earned domestically – and is the third biggest live-action title ever released by BVI (behind Armageddon and Pretty Woman).


Valenti Sets Protection Deadline

In a letter to the Consumer Electronics Association and the Information Technology Industry Council, MPAA chief Jack Valenti has demanded that consumer electronics companies and software manufacturers take immediate steps to prevent movies from being bootlegged over the Internet. Valenti set a
Feb. 15 deadline for the software and equipment makers to agree on a piracy protection solution, adding that if the Feb. 15 deadline is not met, he will ask Congress to intervene.



International Media Takeover Of Initial

The German holding company Internationalmedia AG, formed from the 2000 merger of Intermedia Films and Pacifica, has closed a deal to acquire the foreign sales and financing entity Initial Entertainment Group. IEG has financed and handled foreign sales on some high-profile films, including "Ali," and the upcoming Miramax film "Gangs of New York." IEG also helped finance Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic," released last year by USA Films.


VHS Still Format Of Choice

Despite triple-digit growth of DVD software rental, the VHS format continues to be the choice of consumers by a margin of more than 3-to-1, according to a Video Software Dealers Assn. report. In November, VHS outperformed DVD in revenue by 210% and the number of times a title was rented by 226%. According to VSDA's VidTrac research, for the month ending Dec. 2, consumer rental spending among the top 200 VHS titles stood at $478 million and the top 200 DVDs at $154 million.