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Tuesday - October 2, 2001
- Spirited Away Tops Titanic Record for Attendance
- Disney/Pixar Movies Coming to UK TV
- Weekend Box Office Numbers - FX/Animation
- News Link of the Day - Toy Story 3: Out for Blood


Spirited Away Tops Titanic Record for Attendance
(by digitalmediafx.com) The Japanese anime Spirited Away has broken Titanic's record for paid attendance in Japan and is set to break the box office record within the next three weeks. To date, Spirited Away has made over $184 million (US dollars) in Japan with 16.9 million paid admissions, according to Daily Variety. Titanic made just over $188 million with 16.8 million paid admissions in Japan.

Will Japan's new all time box office attendance champion make it's way to U.S. shores. Not a chance, according to Inside Magazine which claims that Disney, which holds the U.S. distribution rights, doesn't think anime is worth the distribution investment.

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Disney/Pixar Movies Coming to UK TV
(by digitalmediafx.com) Five Disney distributed animated films, three created by Pixar, will soon make debuts on UK TV, breaking a long-standing Disney policy of not airing its animated features on TV within the UK. BBC has secured rights, under a licensing agreement, to air Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Mulan. Speculation on Disney's past policy was that airing the movies on TV in the UK would interfere with video/DVD sales there.

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Final Weekend Box Office Numbers - FX/Animation Movies
(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

Shrek

# 19

$461,902

-30%

$265.4 Million

Jurassic Park 3 # 20 $405,840 -37% $179.4 Million
Planet of the Apes # 23 $318,776 -52% $177.8 Million
Cats & Dogs # 33 $196,796 -22% $92.8 Million

Dr. Doolittle 2

# 39

$140,045

-24%

$112.6 Million

Pearl Harbor

# 46

$76,018

-48%

$197.5 Million

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

# 48

$74,201

2% gain

$83.0 Million

Osmosis Jones # 54 $61,245 -35% $13.6 Million

Spy Kids ($113 million), Tomb Raider ($131 million), and The Mummy Returns ($202 million) have concluded there box office runs (with a few theater exceptions).

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

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News Link of the Day - Toy Story 3: Out for Blood

According to Business Week:

"...The requisite happy ending may not be in the cards for this Hollywood couple [Pixar and Disney], however. Even as they beat the drum for their next film, the Hollywood buzz also has it that the two are feuding over things big and small. This is especially problematic because the superstar companies are attached to one another for three more films.

Hollywood power players are wondering if the two are instead headed for a messy divorce. Neither company would comment for this story, although executives for both acknowledge privately that things haven't been going all that smoothly between them..."

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