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Monday - July 9, 2001
- Shrek Tearing Up Overseas Box Office
- Tomb Raider Ride Concept Drawings
- Release Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
- News Link of the Day - Disney Hopes to Revive Magic

ShrekShrek Tearing Up Overseas Box Office
(by Shrek is tearing up the box office overseas. In its opening weekend throughout the U.K. and Ireland, Shrek made £4,686,000, three times more than its nearest rival. According to BBC News, Shrek "looks set to become the most successful animated film ever, overtaking The Lion King, which earned £222m."

Meanwhile, in the U.S., Shrek remains the highest grossing film of the year, with receipts totaling $240 million.

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Tomb Raider Ride Concept Drawings
(by On July 3, Digital Media FX reported on plans by Paramount's King's Island to open a new FX-filled ride based on the movie Tomb Raider. Here are three concept drawings for the ride:

Tomb Raider: The Ride Entrance
This is a concept drawing of the entrance to Tomb Raider: The Ride.

A well-themed que line
This is a concept drawing of the que line for the ride.

The Ride...
This is a concept drawing of the ride itself, although many details are still hush-hush.

Here is Paramount Kings Island's official description of the adventure:

"Descend into the ancient tomb of the illuminati guarded by the Warrior Goddess Durga, just as the planets align - and become enmeshed in an epic test of fire and ice! Hurtling through the darkness, you'll come face-to-face with glistening, razor-sharp stalactites and roiling, red-hot lava pits, twisting and turning as you struggle against the fury of nature's polar opposites in a desperate effort to escape! So suit up and strap yourself in. The ride of you life is coming in 2002!"

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Release Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
(by Here is a list of new animated, anime, and FX DVDs being released tomorrow. As you can see, it is a slow week.

Monkeybone - Special Edition (2001 - animation/FX)
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

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News Link of the Day - Disney Hopes to Revive Magic by Selling More Stuff

According to the LA Times:

"In an effort to re-energize its gold-plated brand, Walt Disney Co. is launching a product blitz that will put Mickey Mouse and the gang on toothbrushes, cereal boxes, juice cartons and even bottles of plain water.

Though two recent studies show the Disney brand remains strong, operating income for the company's Consumer Products division has fallen by $438 million over the last three years, a nearly 50% decline…"

Click here for the full story. (free access to article very temporary. Expires July 15)

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