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Cast Away Floats Atop Holiday Box Office In The US

After claiming the U.S. box office crown over the Christmas weekend, CAST AWAY reclaimed the titled as BO champ for the New Year's weekend with a gross of US$31.2 million. The desert island adventure, with primary visual effects by Sony Pictures Imageworks, has floated $111.2 million in just 10-days of release. In fifth, Disney's THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE danced in with another $11.8 million. The new animated comedy has collected $47.9 million to date. Falling from fourth to sixth, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS grabbed an additional $7.8 million. The holiday hit, with primary visual effects by Digital Domain, has become the highest grossing film of 2000 with a cume of $252.5 million. Climbing back up a slot to finish seventh, VERTICAL LIMIT rescued $6 million. The snowy saga, with primary visual effects by Anohana Production Management and Technology LLC, has slid in with $49.7 million to date. Dropping a spot to land in eighth, DRACULA 2000 drained moviegoers to the tune of $5.3 million. The vampire yarn, with primary visual effects by Centropolis Effects, has flown in $19.6 million so far. Closing out the top ten for the second straight weekend, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON glided in another $3.57 million. The treetop fighting ballet, with primary visual effects by Centropolis Effects, has set limited release records with in cume of $12.49 million. Box office figures were obtained on Yahoo.com.

Find out more about the creation of THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE straight from director Mark Dindal in Animation World Magazine.

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