TOP 5 U.S.
DISTRIBUTORS

The current top five domestic distributors for 2001 are as follows:

1.) 20TH CENTURY FOX 18.29%
Grossed: $176,302,443

2.) PARAMOUNT 18.28% (INCL. CLASSICS)
Grossed: $176,263,973

3.) BUENA VISTA 11.62% (INCL. TOUCHSTONE)
Grossed: $112,056,801

4.) WARNER BROS. 10.51%
Grossed: $101,323,274

5.) SONY 9.89%
Grossed: $95,371,389



TOP 10 US OPENERS OF 2000

1.) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 (PARAMOUNT)
Screens: 3653 Weekend: $57,845,297 Average: $15,835

2.) DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (UNIVERSAL)
Screens: 3127 Weekend: $55,082,330 Average: $17,615

3.) X-MEN (20TH CENTURY FOX)
Screens: 3025 Weekend: $54,471,475 Average: $18,007

4.) NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS (UNIVERSAL)
Screens: 3242 Weekend: $42,518,830 Average: $13,115

5.) SCARY MOVIE (DIMENSION)
Screens: 2912 Weekend: $42,346,669 Average: $14,542

6.) PERFECT STORM, THE (WARNER BROS.)
Screens: 3407 Weekend: $41,325,042 Average: $12,129

7.) CHARLIE'S ANGELS (SONY)
Screens: 3037 Weekend: $40,128,550 Average: $13,213

8.) DINOSAUR (BUENA VISTA)
Screens: 3257 Weekend: $38,854,851 Average: $11,930

9.) GLADIATOR (DREAMWORKS)
Screens: 2938 Weekend: $34,819,017 Average: $11,851

10.) SCREAM 3 (DIMENSION)
Screens: 3467 Weekend: $34,713,342 Average: $10,013



General Cinema And Parent GCC Post Giant Loss

   General Cinema's parent GCC saw its fiscal fourth-quarter as a net loss as the company dropped the curtain on 35% of its movie screens and continued with its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. According to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, General Cinema closed 55 theaters and 375 screens during the fourth quarter, leaving it with 685 screens in operation. GCC said its net loss for the quarter ending Oct. 31 was $118.6 million, or $15.29 a share, compared with a loss of $4.6 million, or 59 cents a share, in the same quarter last year. The losses include charges of about $70 million spent on the restructuring of its U.S. theater business, the company said. GC's General Cinema subsidiary's fourth-quarter operating loss was $67.5 million, they lost $500,000 during the same time last year. For the fiscal year, the unit had an operating loss of $73.9 million. GC's revenue for the quarter fell 22% to $72.2 million, while revenue for the year dropped to $358 million from $386 million.



TOP 10 US OPENERS OF 2001

1.) SAVE THE LAST DANCE (PARAMOUNT)
Screens: 2230 Weekend: $23,444,930 Average: $10,513

2.) WEDDING PLANNER, THE (SONY)
Screens: 2785 Weekend: $13,510,293 Average: $4,851

3.) DOUBLE TAKE (BUENA VISTA)
Screens: 1631 Weekend: $10,009,828 Average: $6,137

4.) SNATCH (SONY)
Screens: 1444 Weekend: $8,005,163 Average: $5,544

5.) SUGAR & SPICE (NEW LINE)
Screens: 2150 Weekend: $5,891,176 Average: $2,740

6.) PLEDGE, THE (WARNER BROS.)
Screens: 1275 Weekend: $5,765,347 Average: $4,522

7.) ANTI-TRUST (MGM/UA)
Screens: 2433 Weekend: $4,783,698 Average: $1,966

8.) TRAFFIC (USA)
Screens: 4 Weekend: $184,725 Average: $46,181

9.) RAJU CHACHA (EROS)
Screens: 35 Weekend: $123,989 Average: $3,543

10.) SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE (LIONS GATE)
Screens: 6 Weekend: $108,189 Average: $18,032



Loews Cineplex Battling Their Own Problems

   Loews Cineplex missed its deadline to make payments on its $750 million line of credit last month. Loews Loews Cineplex Entertainment said on Friday that it would continue to run normally, however, while engaging in talks with its lenders. But if the lenders decide to declare the loans due and payable, Loews Cineplex Entertainment would be forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company is already considering plans to sell some of its theaters and lease them back -- a strategy that UBS Warburg analyst Chris Dixon described as "a stop gap to more fundamental downsizing."


European Boxoffice Depends On U.S. Films

   Theater admissions and boxoffice returns throughout the European Union depend heavily on U.S. movies, a report from Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU, said last month. According to the report, more than half of the new films shown on screens in the 15 EU member states came from the United States. U.S. productions accounted for 75% of total boxoffice receipts in the EU in 1998. Total boxoffice receipts during 1998 hit $4 billion from 796 million admissions, buoyed by the release of "Titanic." The highest percentages were recorded in the Netherlands (90%), Germany (85%) and the United Kingdom (82%), and the lowest in France and Italy (64% apiece).


IMAX Caught In Financial Turmoil

   The financial turmoil that is plaguing leading exhibitors could effect giant-screen Imax as well, the New York Daily News reported. "We've been increasingly concerned," Russ Solomon of Moody's told the newspaper. "If things get bad, they could get ugly in a hurry." Imax indicated that orders from
exhibitors for Imax theaters have slowed of late and that some theater chains have not been able to pay rental fees on the Imax systems already in place. Imax stock has plummeted from a 52-week high of nearly $30 in August to a low of $4.25. "Things could get worse," Katherine Styponias of Prudential Securities told the Daily News. She expressed doubt about the company's ever realizing its stated goal -- to install an Imax theater in every multiplex.