TOP 5 U.S.
DISTRIBUTORS

   The top five domestic distributors for the end of September remained about the same, with Warner Bros. edging over Dreamworks this month for the number two spot. Buena Vista, the top money maker, showed an increase of about $29 million over last month. The current leaders are:

1.) BUENA VISTA 14.86%
(INCL. TOUCHSTONE)
Grossed: $836,380,400

2.) WARNER BROS. 13.09%
Grossed: $736,545,303

3.) DREAMWORKS 12.62%
Grossed: $710,329,509

4.) PARAMOUNT 10.90%
(INCL. CLASSICS)
Grossed: $613,635,172

5.) UNIVERSAL 10.75%
Grossed: $605,128,132



SUMMER BOX OFFICE BONANZA DESPITE SLOW ADMISSIONS

   This was the second-highest-grossing summer on record, totalling $2.75 billion in box office sales. But the record was due more to higher ticket prices than admissions. Compared to last year, summer admissions were down. Many industry observers believe the fall-off was due to generally lackluster summer movie fare.



EXORCIST REISSUED AND STILL A BOX OFFICE SCREAMER

   Warner Bros. reissued "The Exorcist" in only 664 theaters and the '73 horror classic took in $8.2 million. That's just $300,000 less than number one film for the same period, Sony's "Urban Legends: Final Cut," which played on 2,539 screens.
   That's a packed house of $12,286 per screen for "The Exorcist" and a lot of empty seats at only $3,350 per screen for "Legends."
   If you didn't get in to see it, don't worry. Warner's said it plans to expand "The Exorcist" to 800 more theaters.
   DreamWorks, followed Warners' lead by releasing "Almost Famous" in only 1,193 theaters, creating a line at the ticket booths much like "The Exorcist." After seeing a great average take of $5,806 per screen, DreamWorks now plans to add another 500 screens.