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Wednesday - April 11, 2001
- Spy Kids Tops $50 Million
- Cartoon Network Plans "The Best We Got" Marathons
- Rugrats Turning into Nice Franchise for Nickelodeon
- News Link of the Day - KC Group Rebuilding Disney's Laugh-O-Gram Studio


Spy Kids Tops $50 Million!
Spy Kids(by digitalmediafx.com) On Tuesday, the FX filled Spy Kids movie surpassed the $50 million mark, achieving the milestone in only 11 days. Meanwhile, the final weekend box office figures for Pokemon 3 were adjusted. Estimates placed Pokemon 3 in fourth place with $9.2 million. Final receipts, however, added up to only $8.2 million, making it a very disappointing opening, particularly with free Pokemon cards being given away to everyone who viewed the film opening weekend. Pokemon 3 is likely to only gross $25 million at the box office, which would still be a profit for Warner Bros, which is planning on releasing Pokemon 4 to theaters next year.

Spy Kids, meanwhile, is set to become a blockbuster by the end of the month. It is seeing very strong weekday takes of over $1 million. Its closest competition next week will be the new PG rated comedy, Kingdom Come.

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Cartoon Network Logo - copyright Cartoon NetworkCartoon Network Plans "The Best We Got" Marathons
(by digitalmediafx.com) The Cartoon Network has two "The Best We Got" marathons planned for Saturday, April 14 (noon-10PM) and Sunday, April 15 (noon-10pm). On Saturday, the Cartoon Network will showcase what it calls the "50 greatest cartoons from our complete collection of Warner Bros. cartoon classics."

Then on Sunday, the Cartoon Network will showcase, "our original animation series with the 50 best Cartoon Cartoons." According to Warner Bros., included in Sundays marathon will be Dexter's Laboratory; Cow and Chicken; Johnny Bravo; The Powerpuff Girls; Ed, Edd n Eddy; Mike, Lu & Og; Courage the Cowardly Dog; I Am Weasel and Sheep in the Big City.

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Rugrats Turning Into Nice Franchise for Nickelodeon
(by digitalmediafx.com) Nickelodeon continues to build upon the success of its Rugrats franchise with new products and services. From TV shows and movies to theme park attractions and video games, Rugrats is spreading fast with no end in sight. Here's a quick look at the Rugrats franchise:

The TV Show
Rugrats is Nickelodeon's No. 1 show. The animated series is about life from a baby's point of view. Rugrats is currently in its 7th successful season.The Rugrats Movie

The Movies
When Rugrats: The Movie hit theaters in November 1998 it quickly became, at the time, the highest grossing non-Disney animated movie ever. It made $27 million in its opening weekend en route to a U.S. box office gross $100.5 million. Last year's Rugrats in Paris sequel made a respectable $76.5 million at the U.S. Box Office. Now the team is fast at work at a third installment.

Theme Park Attractions
Nickelodeon has entered into an alliance with Universal Studios for Rugrats attractions, merchandise, and co-branded promotions. Both Universal Studios Hollywood and Florida are receiving new Rugrats-themed attractions.

Video Games
How successful is Rugrats in the video gaming industry? "The Rugrats console franchise has already enjoyed a successful run with more than four million units sold and $125 million in domestic sales at retail," says Peter Dille, vice president, marketing, THQ, which develops Rugrats software. Just yesterday, the newest Rugrats video game, "Rugrats: Totally Angelica" was released for Playstation.

Nickelodeon appears to be in a strong position to continue building upon the Rugrats franchise, particularly since ratings for Rugrats have only grown since it premiered on TV seven years ago.

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News Link of the Day - KC Group Rebuilding Disney's Laugh-O-Gram Studio

According to the Kansas City Star:

"It's been nearly eight years since a small group of film fans decided to create a memorial to native son Walt Disney. At 10 a.m. today their dream takes a big step toward reality.

That's when groundbreaking ceremonies get under way at 31st and Forest at the building that nearly 80 years ago held the offices of Disney's first animation company, Laugh-O-Gram..."

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