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Wednesday - September 5, 2001
- Shrek Remains in UK's Top 10
- Final Weekend Box Office Numbers
- Summer's Big Winners and Losers
- News Link of the Day - Mort Walker Has Hope for Cartoon Museum


ShrekShrek Remains in UK's Top 10
(by digitalmediafx.com) 10 weeks after opening in the UK, Shrek continues to play strong in the UK box office, never falling lower than #6 on the charts. To date, Shrek has dominated the UK box office with a £27m take. Shrek's total overseas take now stands at $162.9 million, bringing its grand total (domestic and overseas) to an amazing $425.8 million. In addition, there are several countries which Shrek still has yet to open, including Japan.

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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 # 11 $02.9 Million -18% $173.0 Million
Jurassic Park 3 # 12 $01.7 Million -27% $175.8 Million

Pearl Harbor

# 20

$867,300

1043% gain

$196.6 Million

Shrek

# 21

$786,284

35% gain

$262.9 Million

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

# 23

$664,215

846% gain

$82.4 Million

Dr. Doolittle 2

# 25

$486,385

20% gain

$111.5 Million

Spy Kids: Special Edition # 29 $359,569 122% gain $112.2 Million
Osmosis Jones # 30 $280,905 -63% $13.0 Million
Cats & Dogs # 36 $227,212 -6% $92.0 Million

Tomb Raider

# 37

$220,930

-22%

$130.7 Million

A.I. # 39 $170,331 525% gain $78.3 Million

The Mummy Returns

# 45

$87,780

15% gain

$201.7 Million

CyberWorld 3D # 52 $64,341 24% gain $10.0 Million

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

The reason there were so many gains last weekend was because it was a four-day holiday weekend (Labor Day). In addition, many older films (like Pearl Harbor) expanded the number of theaters they were in for the holiday weekend.

Note: Final Fantasy has dropped out of the list with a total of $32.1 million at the box office, making it one of the biggest box office disasters of the summer.

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Summer's Big Winners and Losers
(by digitalmediafx.com) USAToday has published a list of this summer's big winners and losers in relation to movies. The newspaper names Shrek as summers huge winner, bringing in a massive $263 million at the box office and says, 'The computer-animated comedy from DreamWorks' PDI division was such a force that one competitor called it 'a Shrekking ball.'"

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within was named the biggest loser of the summer as USAToday said the performance was so bad that, "it might have sounded the death knell for photo-real works of computer animation."

Other big losers, according to the paper, were A.I. and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Somehow they missed listing Osmosis Jones, which bombed at the box office and will gross less than $16 million before hitting video/DVD.

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News Link of the Day - Mort Walker Has Hope for Cartoon Museum

According to The Advocate:

"If the characters featured in the International Museum of Cartoon Art could come alive, they would speak of the more than 40 years they have shared with the man who has tried to keep them together. But there's nothing comical about the museum's fate..."

Click here for the full story.

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