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DavidChang
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posted July 03, 2000 06:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidChang   Click Here to Email DavidChang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's the forum to talk about all things Warner Bros. We'll start with the good performance of The Perfect Storm over July 4th and like the movie or hate it, it looks like Warner Bros. has got a hit.

Here's a quote about the box office outlook:

``Warner Bros. is obviously very happy at the performance'' of `The Perfect Storm,''' said Art Rockwell, a Los Angeles-based entertainment analyst. He predicted the film will ultimately take in over $200 million.

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indiedan
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posted July 05, 2000 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just remember what happened to Me, Myself and Irene. Warner Bros. should have a wide open summer due to lack of product. Perfect Storm should be able to play through at least Labor Day because of the momentum of this first weekend. How high it will go, I have no idea. I guess this coming weekend will tell.

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HollywoodProducer
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posted July 05, 2000 01:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And I think Warners has smooth sailing the rest of the summer. I think Space Cowboys will hit and The Replacements looks like a sleeper. Their fall and winter schedules also look strong. They've got the machine working better than anyone else in town right now.

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indiedan
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posted July 06, 2000 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't forget Pokemon 2000 - that's a $3 million dollar film that will get back about $50 million.

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Aragorn278
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posted July 06, 2000 11:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aragorn278     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"...machine working better than anyone else in town"??? What the hell are you talking about? As of last weekend Warner Bros. only had 9.3% of market share putting them in FIFTH place:

1. Buena Vista - $594.8m, 17.2%
2. Paramount - $471.2, 13.6%
3. Dreamworks - $447.0, 12.9%
4. Universal - $367.1, 10.6%
5. Warner Bros. - $322.4, 9.3%

(January 3 through July 2)

Even as good as Perfect Storm has done, it doesn't put them higher than 4th right now.

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HollywoodProducer
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posted July 07, 2000 12:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The machine does not just mean box office, my friend. Both their television and feature prospects are strong for the remainder of the year. No other studio has that going for them. And the last time I checked, box office numbers don't count until the end of the year. WB has some of their best films coming up.

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HollywoodProducer
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posted July 08, 2000 11:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Should be about a 40% drop for Perfect Storm. I'm sure Warner Bros. can live with that considering some of the drops that Me, Myself & Irene and Mission Impossible had. Perfect Storm and Patriot were caught offguard by Scary Movie. Perfect Storm should do about $22 - 25 million. The Patriot about $15 million.

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Imax_max
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posted July 10, 2000 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Imax_max   Click Here to Email Imax_max     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like to fancy myself as a bit of a studio insider (I work for a major studio) and I would have to say that everyone is going to be playing catch up to Warner Bros. if the merger goes through. That's why Disney and everyone else is lobbying congress to stop the merger. I don't think anyone in their rights minds would not approve the merger because of the effects it would have on the stocks markets and the direction of the future of media. It would throw everything into a tailspin if it's not approved. And if it is approved, AOL Time Warner will not be able to be touched in internet and based on that strength, they won't be able to be touched in television or film either. WB is in good shape going forward.

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PatHolmes
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posted July 14, 2000 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PatHolmes   Click Here to Email PatHolmes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Replacements, Space Cowboys, Pokemon, Proof of Life - not blockbusters, but solid performers the rest of the year. Even with great performance I have a feeling there will be some sort of shakeup after the AOl merger either goes through or doesn't.

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Imax_max
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posted July 18, 2000 06:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Imax_max   Click Here to Email Imax_max     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought that was a great quote by Jerry Levin calling Disney's attempt to block the merger "silly". Levin is a master manipulator and always knows when to stay certain things that are bound to get attention.

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HollywoodProducer
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posted July 20, 2000 09:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The West Wing with 18 Emmy nominations has got to make the TV division over there feeling good about themselves again.

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HollywoodProducer
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posted July 21, 2000 11:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw that Warner Bros. scheduled A.I. for the July 4th weekend next year. Could be another big opening for WB.

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Dolemite
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posted July 21, 2000 01:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dolemite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got your big opening...SWINGIN!!!

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jpgordo
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posted July 24, 2000 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jpgordo   Click Here to Email jpgordo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There goes Osmosis Jones. It was ruined for me today with the announcement that Molly Shannon and Chris Eliot have been cast as live action characters. Two mugging actors who will be more animated and over the top, than the animation. Hopes down the drain for this one.

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Aragorn278
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posted July 24, 2000 07:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aragorn278     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Agree with you on Molly Shannon and that including her bodes poorly for the film, but not necessarily on your opinion of Chris Elliot. While many of his characters are justifiably over the top (and incredibly funny), I think he holds back when necessary like in Groundhog Day or even the larger portion of Something About Mary.

What? Were you expecting subtlety from a Chris Rock movie?!?! And one that takes place inside the human body at that?!?!?!

[This message has been edited by Aragorn278 (edited July 24, 2000).]

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