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Posted: July 21, 2003 10:45 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Beth!

According to this list, Finding Nemo should be available on Disney DVD and Video on November 4, 2003.


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Posted: July 21, 2003 10:59 am/pm Quote

Yep, I know  :nod:

And I'll be one of the first in line to get it :)


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Posted: July 29, 2003 2:08 am/pm Quote

Kingfish of the Hill

The Lion King about to be overtaken by a clownfish?


There's an interesting article on fool.com about how well Finding Nemo is doing in the box office.

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When Simba raised his head high on Pride Rock in 1994's The Lion King, it looked like it might be for keeps. The Disney classic grossed a stunning $312.9 million in domestic box office before tacking on a little more in Imax re-release this past holiday season. Nine years passed without an animated feature even coming close.

The way movie ticket prices inch up each year, you knew it would be a matter of time before we saw a new King of the Hill. Few, however, would have expected Simba's dethroning to come at the fins of a clownfish.

Pixar's Finding Nemo passed the $313-million mark over the
weekend (much to our own David Gardner's pleasure: Pixar is one of his top picks in Motley Fool Stock Advisor). But when industry watchers at Animated-movies.com culled the top-grossing animated features of all-time from Box Office Report's inflation-adjusted list, they found that, in real dollars, Nemo ranked below 10 other hand-drawn features.

Yet there's one important difference. All ten have been through various re-releases since their initial runs. Nemo is still a freshman. Reissues to introduce new generations to the Pixar classic will hit the big screen in time. That kind of perpetual bonus will be good news not only for Pixar but for Disney too. After all, while Disney is behind the 10 inflation-adjusted leaders, it also splits profits with Pixar as Nemo's distributor.

Let's face it, Disney's owns the box office this summer. This past weekend the third installment in the Spy Kids series was the surprising top draw in theaters, while critically acclaimed epic Pirates of the Caribbean held strong in second place, sailing off toward a $200 million bounty.

Between the sword-wielding pirates, the Aussie fishies and the 3D hijinks of the Cortez family, Disney's once-troubled studio division looks a pretty picture right now. The view from Pride Rock couldn't be better.

Did you catch Spy Kids 3D over the weekend or did the 3D gimmick keep you away? What about Pirates of the Caribbean? Was Disney's attraction-titled release a swashbuckling good time? And, hey, how about that Finding Nemo? What will Disney do without Pixar if the deal isn't extended beyond 2005?


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Posted: July 31, 2003 9:56 am/pm Quote

At $313 million, Finding Nemo beats Lion King's record

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This past weekend, domestic box office receipts for Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo rose up another US$4.4 million, with totals now passing US$313 million. That makes Finding Nemo the highest-grossing animated feature film ever by about $200,000. The previous record has been held for almost a decade by another Disney feature - The Lion King.

It's great news for Pixar Animation Studios, which also saw Finding Nemo open with the strongest weekend receipts ever for an animated movie -- $70.6 million. The $313 mark also puts the movie in the number one spot for the year.

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Posted: Aug. 01, 2003 11:44 am/pm Quote

Disney and Pixar seem to have found a "magical" combination when it comes to producing animated features. I really hope that they can come to some sort of an agreement soon. I would hate to see such talent lost over money haggling.
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Posted: Aug. 02, 2003 7:05 am/pm Quote

I agree totally!!  My son who's 2 1/2 loves the Disney Pixar movies the best!!  I couldn't even get him to watch the cartoon animation ones until just recently!!  

Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., and A Bugs Life have been played in our house thousands of times!!  

Not to mention the Pixar(ish) Shrek and Ice Age!!  I'm hoping that the Disney Wonder will be playing "Nemo" on the ship for our October 12th-16th cruise!  :coolgrin:


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Posted: Aug. 02, 2003 12:51 am/pm Quote

Part of Disney's recent movie problems (Treasure Planet, Atlantis for example -- but thankfully with Lilo & Stitch Disney got back on track -- and I love Pirates of the Caribbean but it is too intense for the entire family) is that Disney has tried to branch out more to the teens and make their films more "edgy." What's happened is that Pixar has been doing "Disney" movies better than Disney has on its own! Pixar's movies are made in the same tradition with the same values, characterizations, and great storylines of the best that Walt Disney produced himself.

As one somewhat-confused Guest was overheard to say, "If Walt Disney were alive today he'd be spinning in his grave!"
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Posted: Aug. 08, 2003 3:44 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

The following was sent to me from The Motley Fool's Personal Finance and Investing website:

Fool.com: Pixar's Latest Catch [Motley Fool Take] August 8, 2003
Pixar's Latest Catch
By Rick Aristotle Munarriz

Life can be stranger than computer animation. Going into last night's second-quarter earnings report, Pixar (Nasdaq: PIXR) had made a habit of showing up Wall Street. In three of the last four quarters, Pixar trounced analyst profit projections by 36%, 41% and 82%. Little wonder few took the bait back in May when Pixar announced that it was looking to earn just $0.12 a share in the June quarter.

A few weeks later, Finding Nemo was released and promptly become the highest-grossing animated feature film of all time. Analysts wouldn't be hooked again. Wall Street expectations ranged from $0.12 a share to as high as $0.22. Surely this time the financial community had found a way to net the elusive Pixar.

Sorry. Last night, Pixar reported earnings of $0.34 a share, on revenue that more than doubled to $48.9 million. For those who think Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) living the fat life, that translates into net profit margins of 39.9%. And while Nemo accounted for a little more than half the top line, that party's not over: The movie has yet to make it through global distribution channels, not to mention home video and DVD.

All of this might come as a surprise to investors but not to our own David Gardner. David highlighted Pixar months ago in Motley Fool Stock Advisor.

Meanwhile, Pixar continues to negotiate with partner Disney (NYSE: DIS) on a more equitable deal. Should Pixar escape, one can only imagine that rivals AOL Time Warner (NYSE: AOL), Sony (NYSE: SNE), Viacom's (NYSE: VIA) Paramount and MGM (NYSE: MGM) will cast their own nets.

Surprise. With management warning that marketing costs will bite into third-quarter results, Pixar is looking to earn a modest $0.07 a share this quarter. Analysts, as tempting as that worm looks dangling there, please learn from the past and don't bite too hard.
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Posted: Aug. 09, 2003 7:04 am/pm Quote

Quoting the Gross Domestic Box Office, all time, list on www.boxofficemojo.com as of Saturday afternoon, August 9, 2003:

DOMESTIC GROSSES


Rank Title (click to view) Studio Lifetime Gross Year
1 Titanic Par. $600,788,188 1997
2 Star Wars Fox $460,998,007 1977
3 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Uni. $435,110,554 1982
4 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Fox $431,088,297 1999
5 Spider-Man Sony $403,706,375 2002
6 Jurassic Park Uni. $357,067,947 1993
7 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers NL $339,764,716 2002
8 Forrest Gump Par. $329,694,499 1994
9 The Lion King Dis. $328,541,776 1994
10 Finding Nemo Dis. $323,082,000 2003

Copyright © 1998-2002 by Box Office Mojo. All rights reserved.

End quoted material.

Do the math, and as of the date I'm posting this "Finding Nemo" is within a bit less than $5.5 million to _meet_ "The Lion King" as highest grossing animated film of all time.  It took "The Lion King" at least three theatrical releases since June 1994 to meet this milestone (was released that summer, came back at Christmas that year, was rereleased to IMAX/large-screen format theatres in 2002) and it's taking "Finding Nemo" since the last week of May 2003 to meet it, finished the opening weekend at about $70 million or so.

"Spy Kids 3-D" and now "Freaky Friday" are eating into "Finding Nemo"'s strong forward momentum nowadays.  Yet the little fishies are still Top 10 box office this weekend so far and are #1 box office for the year 2003 so far.

If you play around with Box Office Mojo's website, you'll find this "all time domestic gross box office" horserace is a bit of a misleading thing to follow.  That's because when you use another Box Office Mojo all-time chart, adjusting movie grosses for inflation (changes in ticket prices since any movie was released to present day prices), and still another chart, for international box office, "The Lion King" still leads "Finding Nemo" far, far, far, far away.

Still, the above listing is what the entertainment press uses when it's reporting movie news and is likely to be the citation they use when "Finding Nemo" reaches that particular box office milestone.

If you enjoyed "Finding Nemo" and the idea of horseraces appeals to you, swing by a movie theatre and buy a ticket, and help the little fishies take over Pride Rock.  Congrats to Disney-Pixar for a stunning achievement, truly, because I don't think anybody saw this coming back in the spring.     :clapping:
And here's this for forking over more money at the movies.   :dollar:


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Posted: Aug. 09, 2003 7:17 am/pm Quote

I think to be fair to not only movies of the past like TLK but also as it relates to adult-oriented movies (where most pay adult ticket prices) as compared to family/kids movies (where a large segment of the audience gets in at reduced children's ticket prices) that Hollywood should switch to a head-count: compare movies based on the number of tickets sold, not what they cost. That would eliminate the inflation inequality, too.

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