“One of the things that we say to each other is consistency of management allows you to put in place long-term strategies,” said Robert Friedman, vice chairman of the motion picture group. “Filmmakers feel comfortable that projects put into development here can actually finish their life (here).”

Unlike most other studios, Paramount — for the time being — can boast a relatively stable top executive corps. And the year at the box office has been stable, too. Blockbuster “Mission: Impossible 2″ ($215 million) ended up as the No. 2 movie of 2000, while “Shaft,” “Rules of Engagement,” “Rugrats in Paris: The Movie,” “Snow Day” and “The Original Kings of Comedy” all toted up healthy numbers.

More disappointing, “Bless the Child” was a dud as was the John Travolta starrer “Lucky Numbers.”

With the exception of the Curtis Hanson-helmed “Wonder Boys,” which generated Oscar buzz in a late-year rerelease, there’s not a lot of risk-taking at Paramount these days, with the studio’s development machine working in overdrive until every story beat clicks: Next year’s tentpole, the Angelina Jolie starrer “Tomb Raider,” has been a marathon development project, but Par is sure that it will produce hefty returns in the summer.

The studio is also especially keen on “Vanilla Sky,” which teams Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Cameron Crowe in a remake of the Spanish-language pic “Open Your Eyes.”

Paramount

Domestic box office

Film

Release date

2000 gross*

Runaway Bride

1999

0.2

Double Jeopardy

1999

2.7

Superstar

1999

0.5

Bringing Out the Dead

1999

0.3

Sleepy Hollow

1999

8.2

The Talented Mr. Ripley

1999

41.5

Angela’s Ashes

1999

12.9

Snow Day

Feb. 11

60.0

Wonder Boys

Feb. 23

19.3

The Next Best Thing

March 3

15.0

Rules of Engagement

April 7

61.3

Mission: Impossible 2

May 24

215.4

Shaft

June 16

70.3

Bless the Child

Aug. 11

29.4

The Original Kings of Comedy

Aug. 18

38.2

The Ladies Man

Oct. 13

13.6

Lucky Numbers

Oct. 27

10.0

Rugrats in Paris: The Movie

Nov. 17

71.2

What Women Want

Dec. 15

115.8

Total

785.8

** reissue
* – figures in millions

2001 slate

Film

Release date

Save the Last Dance

Jan. 12

Down to Earth

Feb. 16

Enemy at the Gates

Feb. 23

Along Came a Spider

spring

Pootie Tang

spring

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles

spring

Tomb Raider

June 15

Rat Race

summer

Hardball

summer

Domestic Disturbance

fall

Four Feathers

fall

Lucky Break

fall

Vanilla Sky

winter

Jimmy Neutron — Boy Genius

winter

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