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'Screams' scare record gross

As Dimension Films readies its horror spoof “Scary Movie” for a Gotham preem June 21, company discovered it had achieved a new box office frightpic record with “Scream 3.”

Dimension has grossed $293,500,436 for the three “Scream” franchise pics. This gives Dimension the heady, if not dubious, award for highest-grossing horror franchise series.

The three “Scream” pics grossed $103 million, $101 million and $89 million, respectively, with the final installment retaining 90% of the grosses of the original two.

The totals put it light years in front of “Nightmare on Elm Street,” which grossed $225 million for seven films. Following “Nightmare” were “Friday the 13th” at $222 million for nine films, “The Exorcist” at $221 million for three films and “Halloween” at $185 million for six films.

“It’s especially rewarding to know that this series has gone out on top,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of Miramax Films.

Of course, numbers for “Exorcist” have to be given additional value because the film earned most of its $221 million back in 1973 (and 1977 for the first sequel), which makes the dollars worth a lot more. Tix back then were usually no higher than $3.

“Scary Movie,” meanwhile, looks poised to make a small dent in the frightpic comedy box office. Film, which is directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, is tracking like a sleeper hit for Dimension.

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