Pic targets holiday auds

It looks like Tom Cruise fans will get a double dose of the dashing “Eyes Wide Shut” star next summer.

Paramount is postponing the release of “Mission: Impossible 2” from its original Dec. 17 berth to Wednesday, May 24, 2000.

Last March, 20th Century Fox announced it would release the Steven Spielberg sci-fi pic “Minority Report” on June 30, 2000.”Minority” now appears likely to move, probably to a date later in the summer.

“Mission’s” April production start was delayed for several weeks due to script and budgetary issues. Cruise also took some time off shooting the sequel to do publicity for Warner Bros.’ “Eyes Wide Shut.”

Nonetheless, “Misson’s” 100-day Australian shoot is said to be less than a week behind schedule. Sources close to the production said the December target may simply have been overly ambitious.

Double doses

Given enough time between releases, it’s clearly possible for two films toplining the same big star to do blockbuster business. Julia Roberts is featured in two features this summer: Universal’s May 28 release, “Notting Hill,” which has grossed $107 million to date, and Paramount’s “Runaway Bride,” which is also expected to be a big seller when it debuts July 30.

The Memorial Day and Independence Day weekends are the two key launching pads of the summer season, and distributors typically lay claim to those dates far in advance for their tentpole releases.

The original “Mission Impossible” was released in North America on Memorial Day weekend 1996. It grossed $181 million in its domestic run.

May be crowded

Disney has set “Dinosaurs,” a family film that uses animated characters in live-action settings, for Memorial Day, 2000. Fox is expected to release its Jim Carrey starrer “Me, Myself and Irene” sometime in May.

The John Woo-helmed “Mission: Impossible 2” also stars Anthony Hopkins, Ving Rhames, Thandie Newton and Dougray Scott. It’s produced by Cruise and Paula Wagner’s C/W Prods.

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