TOP 5 U.S.
DISTRIBUTORS

   Buena Vista and Universal have won the 2000 bragging rights as the annual North American market share champs. Buena Vista finished in the lead with Universal running a close second.

1.) BUENA VISTA 15.78%
(INCL. TOUCHSTONE)
Grossed: $1,173,958,548

2.) UNIVERSAL 14.16%
Grossed: $1,053,601,775

3.) WARNER BROS. 12.14%
Grossed: $903,432,549

4.) DREAMWORKS 10.62%
Grossed: $789,848,550

5.) PARAMOUNT 10.50%
(INCL. CLASSICS)
Grossed: $781,035,264



BV Riding B.O. High

   Buena Vista won the North American market share crown for the third consecutive year and the sixth time in the last seven years. Universal came in a close second.
   This is the sixth time the Walt Disney Company's distribution arm has grossed more than $1 billion in theatrical boxoffice receipts – a first in film distribution history. This was the fourth best gross in the B.V. history -- with a 15.78% market share.
   Universal had its best year ever, grossing more than $1 billion for the first time. It captured 14.16% of the market -- with seven fewer titles than Buena Vista. Universal's "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," with $253.4 million in ticket sales made it the year's top-grossing movie and definitely helped the company over the billion mark.


Universal In The $1 Billion B.O. Club

   The year 2000 kicked off with the French utility giant Vivendi completing its $30 billion buyout of Universal Pictures' parent company in a three-way merger with Canal Plus that created the world's second-largest media company, Vivendi Universal.
   Adding to the merger dollars was the holiday family film revenues from "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," which helped the studio top the $1 billion mark in annual domestic boxoffice for the first time. "Meet the Parents," a DreamWorks co-production (a sequel is in the works); "The Watcher" from Interlight, Beacon Communications; "Bring It On;" and Imagine's "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" all opened at number one and topped the $100 mark for Universal this year.



Disney Movies Push It To B.O. Title

   The digitally animated, expensive "Dinosaur" and Denzel Washington's "Remember the Titans" helped propel the Walt Disney Co. beyond the $1 billion mark in domestic boxoffice receipts for a third consecutive year and the sixth time in the past seven years. "Gone in 60 Seconds" crossed the $100 million mark, and "Unbreakable," is a candidate to reach the $100 million mark.
   Disney's "102 Dalmatians," was hurt by Universal's smash family film "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," but the animated "The Emperor's New Groove" has rebounded from its opening weekend disappointment to pass $50 million over New Year's weekend.


DreamWorks A Young Success

   In its sixth year, DreamWorks released its most films yet -- 10 titles, most of which were critical and/or commercial successes.
   The studio made a killing at the boxoffice with "Gladiator" from director Ridley Scott, the third highest-grossing film of the year, and DreamWorks co- international distribution with 20th Century Fox on Tom Hanks' "Cast Away" was also a hit, as was its distribution deal with Universal Pictures on the comedy "Meet the Parents;" and "What Lies Beneath," with Fox.
   DreamWorks' animated "Chicken Run" was a hit with critics and moviegoers, making it the studio's highest-grossing animated release, but the studio's "The Road to El Dorado" crashed at the boxoffice - but made up for it on video and DVD. Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous" while loved by critics, bombed at the boxoffice.