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Sunday - May 6, 2001
- The Mummy Returns Breaks Box Office Record!
- MPAA Officially Announces New Rating for Osmosis Jones
- Trumpet of the Swan Opens on Friday
- News Link of the Day - The Oscar Goes to: Pearl Harbor


The Mummy Returns Breaks Box Office Record!
(by digitalmediafx.com) The Mummy Returns broke the Box Office record for the largest Friday opening ever by bringing in $24.1 million on Friday alone. In addition, it became the second largest single day gross ever topped only by Star Wars: The Phantom Menace's Wednesday opening of $28.5 million. The Mummy Returns opening is nearly $10 million higher than the opening of the first in the series, The Mummy (which opened in May 1999 with $15 million).

The Mummy Returns

It is estimated that by the end of the weekend, The Mummy Returns could bring in a towering $65 million.

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MPAA Officially Announces New Rating for Osmosis Jones
(by digitalmediafx.com) In the last Digital Media FX newsletter, it was announced that Osmosis Jones had been edited from a PG-13 rating to a PG-rating. The Motion Picture Association of America has now confirmed this news. The PG rating is "for bodily humor.
" Before being edited for a more preferable rating, Osmosis Jones had received a PG-13 rating for "crude language and humor."

In related news, Osmosis Jones got a break when Dimension Films recently moved the release date of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back from August 10 (when Osmosis Jones opens) to August 24, 2001. This opens up more theaters for Osmosis Jones to potentially play in and brings less competition that week.

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Trumpet of the Swan Opens on Friday
(by digitalmediafx.com) As announced by Digital Media FX on March 22, Columbia Tristar is releasing an animated version of Trumpet of the Swan into select theaters on Friday, May 11, 2001. The select theaters will be in Los Angeles and New York.

The movie was suppose to be a direct to video release in 2000 and even received a G rating by the Motion Picture Association of America last summer.

According to sources associated with the project, the release was delayed when it was learned that the Motion Picture Association of America was adding a "Best Animated Film" category to its award lineup. The film was readapted for the wide screen to play in theaters long enough to qualify for a possible nomination.

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News Link of the Day - The Oscar Goes to: Pearl Harbor

According to The Salt Lake City Tribune:

"Next March, expect to hear these words: 'And the Oscar for Best Picture goes to... Pearl Harbor. Believe it, bank on it, bet on it in Vegas -- it's going to happen.

Pearl Harbor, a three-hour epic of World War II with a love triangle about two flyboys (Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett) and the nurse (Kate Beckinsale) they both love, has everything Oscar voters love: the historical tragedy and special effects of Titanic, the doomed romance of Shakespeare in Love and the patriotic fervor of Saving Private Ryan. How can it miss?..."

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