Distribs' numbers higher than final figures

The lineup for the weekend’s top five grossers was reshuffled when the actual figures were reported Monday.

In its debut, Universal’s “EDtv” dropped a notch to rank third, while Warner Bros.’ comic “Analyze This” moved up to second spot. Disney’s animated “Doug’s 1st Movie” landed in fifth position, knocking off Miramax’s best pic winner “Shakespeare in Love.”

Most distribs reported numbers that turned out to be 1%-3% higher than actuals. Universal came in 8% too high on “EDtv.” The studio optimistically projected a Sunday figure that was 5% off opening-day strength for the Imagine Entertainment production. When the dust settled, the film slumped by 28%.

MGM came closest to anticipating the weekend viewing peaks and valleys for the freshmen entries. Its “Mod Squad” grossed $6.06 million as opposed to its $6.1 million Sunday call. Disney was among the few that underguessed, as “Doug” finished with $4.47 million, compared to the $4.4 million it reported.

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