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    'Pirates' rescues 2006 Summer Movie Season - USA TODAY 7/31/06

    A pirate rescues movies
    Updated 7/31/2006 10:32 PM ET

    Walt Disney Pictures
    Box-office plunder: Johnny Depp stars in summer's biggest hit,
    Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest.
    The movie's runaway success has boosted other films.


    Pixar
    Hot wheels: Cars is the third-biggest movie of the year.

    By Scott Bowles, USA TODAY

    Finally, a hot summer at the movies. After three years of declining sales, the box office has surged ahead of last year, thanks to a blistering season.

    Oh, and a guy in a pirate costume. It's hard to overestimate the effect of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, analysts and studio execs say. The Johnny Depp adventure has seized $358.5 million in U.S. ticket sales so far, and helped propel overall summer ticket sales above $2.84 billion, 6% ahead of last year.

    And though it's unlikely Pirates will eclipse Titanic's record of $600 million at the box office, it should sail past $400 million, making it one of the five biggest movies ever.
    "A movie like that becomes bigger than itself," says Rory Bruer, distribution chief for Sony Pictures. Competing studios reported that moviegoers who could not get into sold-out Pirates theaters bought tickets for their films.

    Despite the box-office rebound, there were still duds. Horror movies scared up pittances. Little films stayed small. And some costly pictures promised more than they could deliver.
    "This summer has proven that less can be more," says Gitesh Pandya of boxofficeguru .com. "Movies that market themselves everywhere can turn audiences off. People want movies to speak for themselves."

    Here, USA TODAY offers a summer box-office report card:

    Animation draws families
    Grade: A

    Parents and theater owners have been calling for more family-friendly movies for years, and Hollywood finally delivered in the form of cartoons. No fewer than a dozen are scheduled for this year.

    And most are paying off, if not with the dividends of a Finding Nemo or Shrek 2. Take a look at the top 10 movies of 2006, and three are animated features. Cars has been the third-biggest film of summer and the year, raking in $234.8 million. And Monster House shocked industry execs by handily beating Lady in the Water in their opening weekends with $23 million.
    Despite their often juvenile themes, animated movies are resonating at the box office with adults because they're not "parent punishers," says Don Harris, a vice president with Paramount.
    "The really big movies draw families," he says. "And animation works because it's delivering on two levels: visually for the kids and story-wise with humor that works for adults."
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    Re: 'Pirates' rescues 2006 Summer Movie Season - USA TODAY 7/31/06

    Proud of Disney.

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    Re: 'Pirates' rescues 2006 Summer Movie Season - USA TODAY 7/31/06

    Thanks for info


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    Re: 'Pirates' rescues 2006 Summer Movie Season - USA TODAY 7/31/06

    Wow! That's a resounding affirmation for animation (regardless of
    traditional or CGI) and obviously, Disney. And now ABC is doing
    gangbusters AND the themeparks are humming. Even the "rabble" :-)
    over at MC are happy w/ the PoTC redo... who would have thunk this
    2 years ago!

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    Talking Re: 'Pirates' rescues 2006 Summer Movie Season - USA TODAY 7/31/06

    Quote Originally Posted by ALIASd

    Hot wheels: Cars is the third-biggest movie of the year.
    on http://www.boxofficemojo.com/yearly/...yr=2006&p=.htm

    Cars is listed as the #2 movie of the year having passed X-men by
    1.5 million, and 19 million in front of The Da Vinci Code the #4 movie of the year.

    The #1 and 2 movie of the year in the USA, not a bad year at all
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    Re: 'Pirates' rescues 2006 Summer Movie Season - USA TODAY 7/31/06

    Quote Originally Posted by tahoebob54
    on http://www.boxofficemojo.com/yearly/...yr=2006&p=.htm

    Cars is listed as the #2 movie of the year having passed X-men by
    1.5 million, and 19 million in front of The Da Vinci Code the #4 movie of the year.

    The #1 and 2 movie of the year in the USA, not a bad year at all
    It's been a great year......now if the stock would just go up.

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