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Miramax tops February B.O.

'Scream,' 'Down,' 'Cider' push tally to top

Fueled by the strong showing of ultra-wide release “Scream 3,” Miramax claimed the biggest piece of the February B.O. pie.

Horror pic under Dimension Films genre banner pocketed $87.5 million from Feb. 1-27. That tally, plus totals for Freddie Prinze Jr. teen romance “Down to You” and Oscar hopeful “The Cider House Rules,” gave Miramax $108.3 million in the year’s shortest month. That translated to 21.4% of the overall B.O.

Overall, the biz racked up $505 million in February. “Scream 3” propelled the month, scoring $34.7 million its opening weekend for the best bow in history for a first-quarter release. The feat was mitigated by the fact that the chiller opened on 3,467 screens, the widest launch ever.

Paramount finished No. 2 for the month with 12.7% of the business, or $64.3 million. Par’s major hit was “Snow Day” (cume: $43.1 million).

Disney, champ for all of 1999 as well as for January, slid into the No. 3 spot in February, with 12.4%. “The Tigger Movie” proved resilient, racking up $30.6 million for the fourth-best tally by a single pic during the past month.

Fox beached at 6th

Despite a tide of interest in “The Beach,” the Leonardo DiCaprio starrer that was February’s No. 3 grosser with $34.1 million, Fox couldn’t manage any better than a sixth-place finish.

Thanks to heavily marketed sci-fier “Pitch Black,” USA Films notched one of its strongest months, winding up eighth with 5.6% market share.

“Scream” aside, no title has really jumped out toward certain blockbuster status thus far in 2000. Yet the year-to-date B.O. has already reached $1 billion — 10% ahead of where it was at this point a year ago.

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