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Tuesday - September 18, 2001
- Spirited Away Nears Titanic Record
- ABC Pays $15 Million for Jurassic Park 3 Broadcast Rights
- Final Weekend Box Office Numbers
- News Link of the Day - Quiet debut for Nintendo's GameCube


Spirited Away Nears Titanic Record
(by digitalmediafx.com) The hit anime, Spirited Away - which Disney has balked at releasing in the U.S. - is headed towards the Titanic box office record in Japan. Showing little signs of declining, Spirited Away has brought in a massive $191 million on its way to Titanic's $219 million. The movie, by famed anime master Hayao Miyazaki is called Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi in Japan. The anime follows a 10 year old girl on her journey to the Land of Spirits where she interacts with monsters and entities.

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ABC Pays $15 Million for Jurassic Park 3 Broadcast Rights
(by digitalmediafx.com) ABC is divvying up $15 million for the rights to air Jurassic Park 3. Under the deal, ABC will have permission to show the movie up to four times in a 21 month period that begins in February 2004. ABC has scored major licensing victories from this summer's blockbusters, including the rights to air Pearl Harbor and A.I.

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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 # 16 $938,214 -33% $176.2 Million
Jurassic Park 3 # 19 $742,995 -23% $178.0 Million

Shrek

# 21

$400,726

-08%

$264.0 Million

Dr. Doolittle 2

# 30

$231,671

-29%

$112.2 Million

Osmosis Jones # 33 $152,394 37% gain $13.3 Million

Pearl Harbor

# 37

$129,408

-29%

$197.1 Million

Spy Kids: Special Edition # 38 $126,477 -21% $112.5 Million

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

# 43

$101,832

-34%

$82.8 Million

Cats & Dogs # 45 $94,682 -2% $92.2 Million

Tomb Raider

# 47

$86,022

-44%

$131.0 Million

The Mummy Returns

# 54

$58,015

-15%

$201.8 Million

A.I. # 55 $54,250 -43% $78.5 Million

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

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News Link of the Day - Quiet debut for Nintendo's GameCube

According to CNN:

"Greeted by small armies of game fanatics, Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s GameCube game console tiptoed onto shelves in Japan on Friday minus the hype surrounding the arrival of its big-muscled rivals.

Legions of males ranging in age from 15 to 40, many armed with Nintendo's hand-held GameBoy machines, waited outside Tokyo stores since before dawn to be the first to take home one of 500,000 GameCubes initially shipped for the launch..."

Click here for the full story.

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