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Tuesday - October 9, 2001
- Winning Bid for Lunch with Roy Disney: $12,100
- Playdate 2001 - October 16
- Final Weekend Box Office Numbers
- News Link of the Day - Is DVD Now Fairest of All?

Winning Bid for Lunch with Roy Disney: $12,100
(by Someone was desperate to have lunch with Roy Disney after a recent Disney auction promising lunch with Disney went to $12,100. The winner, not identified by name, was the 36th bidder for the auction and goes by the eBay name of "lcmaje". Disney had a reserve price on the auction that was met when bidding reached $1,000 on the first day of the auction.

Click here to read a dFX discussion on the auction or to post your opinion.

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Playdate 2001 - October 16
(by One of the lesser-known toy and gaming conventions is the Playdate show, being held this year on October 16 at Metropolitan Pavilion. 30 leading toy and game companies will be present to unveil their latest offerings in time for the Christmas shopping season. One of the reasons that the event is not well known is because it is only open to media (versus media and consumers).

"PlayDate 2001's 'sneak peek' at the hottest toys, games and licensed properties for the holiday season promises to be fun-filled and informative," said Sean McGowan, co-founder of PlayDate. "For the third year in a row, PlayDate will be early to market with the hot trends in toys and games and predictions for the holiday season's 'Hot Sellers'. Last year it was scooters, electronic dogs and extreme sports and we'll find out what it will be this year at PlayDate 2001."

Some of the companies that will be present include Acclaim, Bandai, Cranium, DSI Toys, Fisher-Price, Hasbro, Huffy Bikes, Imagiix, Irwin Toy, K-B Toys, K'NEX, Leapfrog, LEGO, Mattel, MGA Entertainment, Nintendo, Playskool, Radica, Rockstar Games, Scholastic, Spin Master Toys, Take-Two Interactive, THQ, Tiger, Toy Biz, Toymax, Toys 'R' Us, Trendmasters, Uncle Milton, VTech, Warner Bros., Wizards of the Coast, and

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Final Weekend Box Office Numbers - FX/Animation Movies
(by Final weekend box office numbers are in and here are the results for the top animated and visual effects movies:



Weekend Total


Overall Total


# 20



$265.8 Million

Jurassic Park 3 # 21 $284,955 -30% $179.8 Million

Pearl Harbor

# 23


198% gain

$197.7 Million

Planet of the Apes # 24 $209,748 -34% $178.1 Million
Cats & Dogs # 28 $153,088 -22% $92.9 Million

Dr. Doolittle 2

# 39



$112.7 Million

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

# 55



$83.1 Million

Osmosis Jones ($13.7 million) has concluded its box office run (with a few theater exceptions).

The gain/loss represents the movie's performance when compared to last weekend.

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News Link of the Day - Is DVD Now Fairest of All?

According to the Orlando Sentinel:

"On Tuesday, Walt Disney Co. will reintroduce its classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs -- for the 10th time in 64 years. And this time -- with its release on DVD format -- may be the biggest payday yet.

Disney hopes consumers will scoop up the $29.99 DVD not only for the restored picture and sound of the 84-minute, two-disc movie, but for the eight hours of bonus material, including a documentary on the making of the 1937 movie. Disney's most ambitious DVD to date comes amid an unprecedented wave of high-profile digital launches this quarter..."

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