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Sunday - July 22, 2001
- Jurassic Park 3 Has Jurassic Weekend
- Fox Family to Become Disney Owned
- Marvel Comic Characters Coming to Billiard Games
- News Link of the Day - Going, Going, Gone...

Jurassic Park 3 Has Jurassic Weekend at Box Office
(by Jurassic Park 3 easily dominated this weekend's box office. According to weekend estimates, the third installment of the Jurassic Park series made $50.3 million. Since Jurassic Park 3 opened last Wednesday, that brings its five day total to $80.9 million. It is expected to cross the $100 million blockbuster mark by the end of the week. Meanwhile, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within dropped a massive 69% from last weekend's disappointing results. The movie is turning into one of the most expensive animated movie disasters at the box office ever. Costing well over $115 million, the movie is now only expected to gross around $32.5 million domestically.

Final box office numbers will be published in Tuesday's Digital Media FX update.

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Fox Family to Become Disney Owned
(by A few months ago Disney was firing staff left and right in an attempt to create more cash flow for the company. Now Disney is spending over $3 billion to purchase Fox Family Worldwide, a company with a debt of $2 billion. The biggest asset Disney gets from the deal is the Fox Family Channel. Although the channel has suffered in ratings, it has a large distribution and long-term cable contracts that made it appealing to many companies.

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Marvel Comic Characters Coming to Billiard Games
(by Marvel comic characters like Spider Man and the X-Men will soon be coming to gaming products like billiard cues, tables and accessories, along with dart and table games, casino products, and game room furniture and decor. The line of products will be distributed, beginning this fall, through Dufferin Games' stores thanks to an agreement reached between Dufferin and Marvel Enterprises, Inc. The agreement spans all Marvel owned characters.

"We are very excited about introducing Marvel's comic book legends into Dufferin Games' product offering," says Claude Church, CEO of Dufferin Games. "The Marvel brand is the perfect complement to Dufferin Games' product offering, with a fun, trendy range of merchandise that will create new excitement and awareness of billiards among the teen and college-age consumer demographic."

The announcement of the agreement was made in Las Vegas.

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News Link of the Day - Going, Going, Gone...

According to the Christian Science Monitor:

"Tsk. Tsk. If Jiminy Cricket were a movie critic, he might be wagging his finger at the makers of today's G-rated motion pictures. Violence? Sexual innuendo? Cigarette smoking? Jiminy might be asking: What are these doing in G-rated flicks meant for family audiences?

Industry sources, including a former official movie-rater, say some scenes slipping into G-rated films show that Hollywood's highly touted rating system needs serious repair..."

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