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Fox goes nutty for U’s ‘Klumps’

Prize comes with animated 'Bullwinkle'

The Fox Network has bought the exclusive broadcast network window to Universal’s “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps,” covering four runs over a 3-1/2-year license term starting in May 2003.

The original “Nutty Professor” with Eddie Murphy has already run twice on the Fox Network, in February and November of 1999, chalking up solid Nielsens, particularly with the 18-49 demographic, according to a Fox spokeswoman, who declined to discuss any financial details. Universal also refused to comment on the deal.

Based on the $94 million that the “Nutty” sequel has already racked up in its first three weeks in U.S. theaters, the Fox Network license fee could end up somewhere between $20 million and $25 million, based on the rule of thumb of 15% of the final domestic box office total.

The deal also includes two runs over three years of “The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle,” which has managed to pocket a disappointing $24.66 million after 45 days in the multiplexes.

Both “Nutty” and “Rocky” will appear next summer in an 18-month window on Starz! as part of an exclusive pay TV output deal that Universal has with the network.

Universal had previously sold “U-571” with a package of movies to the USA Network; “Erin Brockovich” to NBC with a batch of other movies; “American Pie” to the Fox Network and its sister channel FX in a shared window; and “The Mummy” to Turner Broadcasting’s TBS and TNT.

Still out in the marketplace awaiting network-window deals are “The Perfect Storm” and “Space Cowboys” from Warner Bros., and “X-Men,” “Big Momma’s House” and “Me, Myself & Irene” from 20th Century Fox.

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