TOP 5 U.S.
DISTRIBUTORS OF 2000

The current top five domestic distributors for 2000 shifted a bit this month, with Universal replaced on the list by 20th Century Fox. The current leaders are:

1.) BUENA VISTA 15.96%
(INCL. TOUCHSTONE)
Grossed: $736,712,945

2.) DREAMWORKS 13.04%
Grossed: $601,842,740

3.) PARAMOUNT 11.73%
(INCL. CLASSICS)
Grossed: $541,462,966

4.) WARNER BROS. 11.43%
Grossed: $527,729,511

5.) 20TH CENTURY FOX 9.89%
(EXCL. FOX SEARCHLIGHT)
Grossed: $456,778,399



A SCARY SURPRISE

   Dimension Films' "Scary Movie" earned $42.3 million at the box office over it's first weekend, more than twice what it cost to produce, according to final figures released by Exhibitor Relations.
   "I wasn't surprised," Exhibitor Relations chief Paul Dergarabedian told the Associated Press, "but I was surprised at the sheer size of its numbers."
   It was the fourth-biggest movie opening of the year, behind Paramount's Mission: Impossible 2 ($57,845,297), Fox's X-men ($54,471,475), and Universal's Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps ($42,518,830).
   The fiqures become even more startling when you consider that "Scary Movie" only played in 2,912 theaters, vs. 3,653 for "Mission Impossible 2," 3,025 for "X-men" and 3,242 for "The Klumps.''
   Industry analysts predict it will gross more than $100 million by the end of its run.
   Can you spell "S-e-q-u-el" boys and girls? Now that's scary.



STUDIOS SET NEW BOX OFFICE RECORD

   The major studios together earned $5.97 billion during 1999, setting a new domestic revenue record according to a statistical analysis conducted by the Motion Picture Association.
   The report also indicated that U.S. theater goers shelled out more to see their favorite flicks last year than has been taken in by foreign box offices for the first time since 1995.
   With such demand and increased overall revenues (and assuming the SAG and AFTRA strike doesn't get in the way) the industry could see this as a publicly supported green light to start producing a bumber crop of films over the next year.