Buena Vista Is No. 1 for Second Month8 Mar, 2002 By: Jessica Wolf
Moviegoers spent $599 million in theaters in February, with holdover releases and Oscar nominees particular favorites.
Buena Vista took home the most of those movie dollars with 18 percent market share. The studio's nine films in theaters last month earned $110 million, with The Count of Monte Cristo and Snow Dogs earning about $30 million apiece in February. The Peter Pan sequel Return to Never Land was Buena Vista's only February debut and earned $27.3 million in two weeks.
Universal's strong performers for the month were Big Fat Liar> with $33.2 million after only three weeks in release and A Beautiful Mind, which added $39.8 million to its total. The Academy Award-nominated drama earned $134.2 million by the end of February, helping the studio to second place share.
New Line held strong for No. 3 share, with only three films in theaters. Oscar nominees I Am Sam and The Lord of the Rings both earned more than $24 million in February and the studio's new release, John Q., made $40 million.