US Box-Office, 'Shrek' still no.1 movie of the year.

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TOP 20 US/CANADA 2001
01)$261.6.Shrek
02)$201.5.Mummy Returns
03)$195.5.Pearl Harbor
04)$186.0.Rush Hour 2
05)$173.1.Jurassic Park III
06)$168.6.Planet of the Apes
07)$165.1.Hannibal
08)$141.2.Fast and the Furious
09)$130.3.Tomb Raider
10)$112.0.American Pie 2
11)$111.5.Spy Kids
12)$110.7.Doctor Dolittle 2
13)$91.6. Cats & Dogs
14)$91.0. Save the Last Dance
15)$90.0. America's Sweethearts
16)$86.6. Legally Blonde
17)$84.0. Princess Diaries
18)$81.4. Atlantis: The Lost Empire
19)$78.1. A.I. Artificial Intelligence
20)$74.1. Along Came a Spider
Wow, I'm impressed, a non-Disney animated movie is the most popular film of the year so far in the US, who would have guessed? I'm very happy about that, I loved Shrek.
What happened to AI? Some predicted that it would be this years biggie, what went wrong?
The years most expensive and most hyped movie 'Pearl Harbor' hasn't managed to top $200m in the US, but worldwide its made more than $400m.
 

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Yikes,
I remember the days when they were touting something as huge if it broke $100 million. Looks like $300 million ain't too far off...
It seems funny to me as well that out of probably 100 or more major releases, in this top 20 there are a couple that have been considered disappointing performance-wise. I seem to recall particularly that "America's Sweethearts" wasn't considered much of a hit, whereas it made more money than the "sleeper hit" Legally Blonde...
Yeah, I know it's because the former cost a ton and the latter cost so little, but still... it's funny.
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What happened to AI? Some predicted that it would be this years biggie, what went wrong?
Cause the general movie going audience is stupid and don't know a good movie when they see one most of the time. At least Shrek (which is on my top ten list) is #1 film of the year instead of Mummy Returns or Pearl Harbor.
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TOP 20 WORLDWIDE
01)$415.5.The Mummy Returns
02)$414.7.Pearl Harbor
03)$361.6.Shrek
04)$332.6.Hannibal
05)$310.1.Jurassic Park III
06)$241.1.Planet of the Apes
07)$214.3.Tomb Raider
08)$198.3.Rush Hour 2
09)$157.3.A.I. Artificial Intelligence
10)$152.5.Bridget Jones's Diary
11)$151.3.Doctor Dolittle 2
12)$141.2.Fast and the Furious
13)$128.2.Spy Kids
14)$127.8.The Mexican
15)$126.9.Cats & Dogs
16)$112.0.American Pie 2
17)$106.1.Spirited Away
18)$91.0. Save the Last Dance
19)$90.0. America's Sweethearts
20)$86.6. Legally Blonde
Oooh! Its a close race between 'The Mummy Returns' and 'Pearl Harbor' to the finishing line, only to be beaten by late runner 'Lord of the Rings' at the finish, maybe.
Never heard of 'Spirited Away', where'd that come from?
 

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I, for one, am disappointed. The list definitely reflects what the mass audiences want. Just looking at the Top 10 movies from the original post, half (5 of them) are sequels. That tells you the moviegoers’ appetite for something different and original. Expect RH3, Mummy 3, JP4, AP3 and another Hannibal movie to rule the box office 2 years from now, if and when greenlighted.
There was a time when the more original and challenging films were rewarded at the box office. While there may be very few exceptions, sadly, the trend that started in the late 1990’s continues through today.
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I am surprised at Jurassic Park and its US$173M. I thought no matter how bad it was, it would have done over $250M, doing most of that in its first week. I also liked Shrek and am glad to see it at the front of the pack this year.
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Spirited Away is the latest movie from Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki in Japan, following up from Princess Mononoke & My Neighbors the Yamada's. (not a sequel to it, just their next release). I believe it's quite close to becoming the top grossing movie ever in Japan, once it goes past Titanic.
How's this for an interesting note: After a month of release in theaters, it's still packing in every showing. Some folks who just returned from Japan mentioned they went to a weekday showing and the theater was packed for it and most of the showings already sold out for that day. That just doesn't happen in the US anymore.
Suffice to say, when this one comes out on region 2 (subbed, DD, DTS) pick it up folks. Disney owns the rights in the US but aren't planning on releasing anymore Ghibli titles until they figure out how to market it to the American audience.
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Chris, yep just checked up on it in IMDB 'Spirited Away', is anime, 140mins of it, and a very successful one too, I'm very interested in seeing this.
Just realised that Rush Hour 2 is heading for $200m + in the US, yikes!, its overtaken Apes and Dinosaurs and soon Mummies, eeek, its the end of the world as we know it!!
 

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Steve, remember that Shrek has not yet finished it's theatrical run in Europe, it opens the sept. 7th here in Denmark, whereas PH and TMR opened quite some time ago...
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Artur, yep Shrek is a huge success worldwide, amazing stuff! Look where Atlantis is on the charts, shocking news for Disney!
Final Fantasy did $32.1m in US and so far just $59.8m worldwide.
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Is there any chance this movie going to win Oscar Best Picture of 2001?
If you're referring to "Shrek", I would say "almost none". Best Animated Feature, maybe, but not Best Picture...
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TOP 20 US/CANADA 2001
01)$261.6.Shrek
02)$201.5.Mummy Returns
03)$195.5.Pearl Harbor
04)$186.0.Rush Hour 2
05)$173.1.Jurassic Park III
Expect Rush Hour 2 to pass Pearl Harbor and Mummy Returns by the end of Labor Day weekend. As of yesterday, RH2 is at $188.5 million, and PH is still holding at $195.5 million.
Mummy Returns is done, so it might trickle over $202 million, but thats about as far as it will go. RH2 probably still has anotehr $15 - $20 million left in it before it dies out. Pearl Harbor is going to get a limited re-release into 1036 US theaters this holiday weekend. Last year, Buena Vista did the same thing over Labor Day weekend with Gone in 60 Seconds, and it gave that movie another $3 million, so if the same thing happens to Pearl Harbor, it will be sitting just shy of the $200 million marker. More than likely it will trickle over $200 million as well, but as to whether it can pass Mummy Returns is doubtful.
One piece of interesting information is that this years 3 biggest movies (so far), Shrek, Mummy Returns, and Pearl Harbor are all May releases. If they all make it past $200 million, this will be the first time this has ever happened.
As for the rest of the year, there are going to be a couple more blockbusters, but it doesnt look like anything is capable of unseating Shrek as the years number one box office movie.
Heres a short list of movies I think will do well for the rest of 2001:
Monsters, Inc. (11/2)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (11/16)
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (12/19)
Time Machine (12/25)
Thats really it...unless Im missing something, I really dont see many huge movies coming. I am looking forward to Jet Li's The One, and I'll even keep an open mind about the remake of Ocean's Eleven, but I have a hard time seeing that pass $100 million.
 

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Can anyone put together a list of movies ranked by ratio of revenues to costs? In many ways, that's a better metric, and matters more.
 

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Disney owns the rights in the US but aren't planning on releasing anymore Ghibli titles until they figure out how to market it to the American audience.
Well I for one wish they'd hurry up. My fansub Nausicaa copy is getting damned old.
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