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Sunday - July 29, 2001
- Planet of the Apes Scores $70 Million for Weekend
- Shrek Passes Batman for Top Grossing Movies
- Star Trek X Gets a Director
- News Link of the Day - Suddenly, Animation is Everywhere

Planet of the Apes Scores $70 Million for Weekend
(by Planet of the Apes had a huge weekend with estimates showing the Tim Burton remake bringing in $70 million. The take was bigger than the rest of the top 10 movies combined. Despite negative reviews and an audience report card CinemaScore of a B minus, long lines and sold out showings were the norm. The $70 million opening is the highest ever for a Burton movie.

Jurassic Park 3 continued strong with another $22.5 million. That brings its total to over $120 million in 12 days. Shrek stayed in the top 10 by coming in at #10 with $1.7 million to bring its amazing total to $255 million.

Final box office numbers will be posted by Digital Media FX on Tuesday.

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Shrek Passes Batman in Top Grossing Movies List
(by DreamWorks Shrek has surpassed Batman as the 15th highest grossing movie of all time. Shrek, with $255 million, will soon pass both Jaws and The Grinch, which both made $260 million domestically. The Grinch was the highest grossing movie at the box office last year.

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Star Trek X Gets a Director
(by Star Trek X, on schedule for a late 2002 release, will be directed by Stuart Baird, according to Daily Variety. Baird was the director of U.S. Marshals and Executive Decision. He also has an extensive film editing background that includes past high-profile movies like Superman, LadyHawke, and Lethal Weapon.

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News Link of the Day - Suddenly, Animation is Everywhere

According to Dallas Morning News:

"So you're no animation fanatic, but you savor summer blockbusters. You kind of liked Pearl Harbor, thought Cats and Dogs was, well, cute and sampled a few sequels (The Mummy Returns, Dr. Dolittle 2) with the kids.

Without knowing it, and without even making it to Shrek, you've become a cartoon consumer..."

Click here for the full story.

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