TOP 5 U.S.
DISTRIBUTORS

   The current top five domestic distributors for 2000 shifted about last month with 20th Century Fox and Universal taking turns bumbing each other from the list, but by the end of the month Universal had taken back its #5 spot. Warner Bros. edged out Paramount for the #3 spot, but Disney's lock on #1 and#2 just seems unbeatable so far this year. The current leaders are:

1.) BUENA VISTA 15.40% (INCL. TOUCHSTONE)
Grossed: $807,884,931

2.) DREAMWORKS 12.91%
Grossed: $677,305,140

3.) WARNER BROS. 12.59%
Grossed: $660,398,551

4.) PARAMOUNT 11.24%
(INCL. CLASSICS)
Grossed: $589,684,216

5.) UNIVERSAL 10.17%
Grossed: $533,117,9171.)



CALIFORNIA GIRLS AND "KINGS" ARE THE BIG BOX OFFICE SURPRISES

   In a surprise to almost everyone outside Universal Pictures (they claim they were always confident their movie would be a hit), "Bring It On" the teen flick about competing California cheerleaders, opened in the #1 spot ahead of Wesley Snipes' "Art of War." "Bring It On"took in $17.4 million in 2,380 theatres ($7,315 per theatre), while Snipes' action hit, "The Art of War," took second place with an estimated $11.2 million gross in 2,630 theatres ($4,255 per theatre).
   The other big, big box office surprise is Paramount's and Spike Lee's "Original Kings of Comedy." Despite a 45% drop in revenue, the "Kings" are still in the top 10 as of this writing, grossing more than $21 milion so far.



JUST GETTING TO THE BOX OFFICE IS TOUGH

   Clayton Prince, who played Lisa Bonet's boyfriend on the old "Cosby Show," has produced a movie called "Let's Talk," about a TV talk show that tries to boost ratings by airing an episode on racism. With a Hebrew Israelite, Nazi, Black Muslim and White Separatist all on the set together things get WAY out of control.
  The only problem for Prince's film right now, however, is distribution. So far, he's still without a main player to back up his effort and get it into the theaters.