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Tuesday - August 28, 2001
- Final Fantasy Performs Well Overseas
- Nintendo GameCube Gets Boost From Sega
- Final Weekend Box Office Numbers
- News Link of the Day - Microsoft Delays Xbox Launch in Japan


Final Fantasy: The Spirits WithinFinal Fantasy Performs Well Overseas
(by digitalmediafx.com) Square Pictures finally has some good news regarding Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, which bombed at the U.S. box office. Overseas the picture is doing quite well even when put up against movies like Shrek and Spy Kids.

According to Daily Variety, In Italy, Final Fantasy "reaped about $277,000 on Friday and hit No. 1 in a field awash with newcomers, including heavyweights Spy Kids and Shrek."

Final Fantasy is also performing strong in Spain (#2), Austria (#1) and Germany (#1). This is good news for Square, which failed to interest U.S. audiences. The movie could only muster a grand total of $32 million in the U.S.. It cost well over $100 million to create.

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Nintendo GameCube Gets Boost from Sega
(by digitalmediafx.com) Long time rivals Nintendo and Sega have mended fences now that Sega is out of the hardware business. Sega plans on releasing several new titles on the GameCube including Sonic Adventure 2, Phantasy Star Online, and Super Monkey Ball.

"Sega is making video game history with the announcement of Sonic Adventure 2 for Nintendo GameCube," said Peter Moore, president and COO, Sega of America. "By bringing Sonic to Nintendo's platforms, Sega is delivering one of the world's most popular video game properties of all time to an even greater number of gamers worldwide. Continuing Sega's tradition of innovation, Sega also plans to be the first to deliver online gameplay to Nintendo GameCube with Phantasy Star Online."

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Final Weekend Box Office Numbers
(by digitalmediafx.com) Final weekend box office numbers are in and here are the results for the top animated and visual effects movies:

Movie

Rank

Weekend Total

Gain/Loss

Overall Total

Planet of the Apes # 10 $03.5 Million -50% $167.8 Million
Jurassic Park 3 # 12 $02.4 Million -46% $172.6 Million
Osmosis Jones # 19 $758,324 -70% $12.3 Million

Shrek

# 21

$583,262

8% gain

$261.4 Million

Dr. Doolittle 2

# 23

$406,322

-47%

$110.7 Million

Tomb Raider

# 26

$283,144

247% gain

$130.3 Million

Cats & Dogs # 28 $241,765 -65% $91.5 Million
Spy Kids: Special Edition # 32 $161,662 -79% $111.5 Million

The Mummy Returns

# 40

$76,210

-6%

$201.5 Million

Pearl Harbor

# 41

$75,852

-43%

$195.4 Million

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

# 42

$70,250

-42%

$81.4 Million

CyberWorld 3D # 46 $51,854 -16% $9.9 Million
Final Fantasy # 52 $34,940 -67% $32.1 Million
A.I. # 57 $27,241 -53% $78.1 Million

The gain/loss represents the movie's performance when compared to last weekend.

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News Link of the Day - Microsoft Delays Xbox Launch in Japan

According to BBC News:

"Microsoft has said it is to delay the launch of its new Xbox game console in Japan until February 22nd next year. The company said it wanted to concentrate its efforts on the Xbox's US launch before rolling it out to other markets, and denied that technical problems were behind the delay..."

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