Disney takes summer B.O. title

Fox follows with close second

Disney edged Fox for the summer box office crown, with the Mouse House finishing with $390.2 million when final figures were tabulated — a lead of $1.1 million. Fox tallied $389.1 million.

Estimates released Monday had given the preliminary title to Fox, at $388.4 million, for the period between the start of the Memorial Day holiday and the end of the Labor Day weekend.

Disney’s top rank came through the overall strength of its slate. Its leading grosser, “Dinosaur,” generated the fifth highest box office of the summer at $134 million, and its other key releases — “Gone in Sixty Seconds,” “Disney’s The Kid,” “Shanghai Noon” and “Coyote Ugly” — all racked up fairly solid numbers.

Disney’s overall total dropped 25% from the $517.8 million in 1999, when “The Sixth Sense” propelled it to the No. 1 spot.

Fox relied mostly on “X-Men” and “Me, Myself & Irene” for its summer showing, which represented a 9% gain over 1999.

Final summer take amounted to $2.65 billion, up $19 million from preliminary estimates and off 5% from summer 1999.

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