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Tuesday, December 19, 2000

Emperor's New Groove Underperforms
The Emperor's New Groove even underperformed weekend estimates, bringing in $9.8 million in its opening weekend. In another surprise, the movie fell below the $1 million mark on Monday, bringing in only $920,000. If the movie keeps on par with other films that have opened around $9.8 million then it will end up grossing under $50 million total. However, with two holiday weekends in a row and positive word of mouth, the film could end up grossing $60 - $70 million total, well below the cost of the film (estimated to be between $80 - $100 million).

Monday, December 18, 2000

Emperor Comes in Fourth in Weekend Estimates
The Emperor's New Groove placed fourth at the Box Office, according to weekend estimates. It is estimated to have brought in only $10, a disappointing number for a Disney animated film. Last year's Tarzan brought in $34.2 million in its opening weekend. Tarzan consistently grossed above $10 million for its first four weekends of release.

The Emperor's New Groove is on par with Disney's The Tigger Movie which was released earlier this year, bringing in $9.4 million in its opening weekend in February while playing on fewer screens than Emperor.

While the weekend results may seem like bad news for Disney, which invested over $80 million in The Emperor's New Groove, there is some good news. Cinema Score exit polls of theater goers over the weekend ranked The Emperor's New Groove as the best movie currently in theaters.

Sunday, December 17, 2000

Sting Versus Disney - The Documentary
The Emperor's New Groove is about to hit the spotlight again when the wife of Sting releases a documentary of the battles between her husband and Disney after Disney threw out most of his songs as part of changes to the animated film. The documentary is called "The Sweatbox".

According to Billboard, "The documentary will include some songs Sting originally wrote for the film, along with footage of a phone call from filmmakers informing the musician that songs he'd written were being cut from the production."

While none of Stings original songs made it into the production, he did create two new songs at the request of Disney that did make it into the film.

The documentary is expected to be released in Spring 2001.

Saturday, December 16, 2000

The Emperor's New Groove Opens Fifth!
Despite mostly positive reviews and the Disney name, The Emperor's New Groove opened a disappointing fifth at the Box Office on Friday, bringing in $2.3 million. In comparison, last year's major Disney animated production, Tarzan, brought in $11.4 million on its opening day.

The Emperor's New Groove was plagued by production problems (and a bad title), however critics who viewed the film mostly agree that it is a very entertaining production and much better than anticipated.

Disney marketing for The Emperor's New Groove appeared light. Even as of today, Animation Artist Magazine has not received The Emperor's New Groove press kit from Disney, which is a key for movie studios to get information out to the public.

The four films that opened ahead of The Emperor's New Groove are:

1) What Women Want ($11.1 Million)
2) Dude, Where's My Car? ($5.2 Million)
3) The Grinch ($3.1 Million and over $200 Million to date)
4) Vertical Limit ($2.6 Million)

If you have seen The Emperor's New Groove, please email your review of the film to Editor for inclusion in the Review area of the Animation Artist Emperor's New Groove Movie Site.

Thursday, December 14, 2000

Sting Stung by Disney Cartoon
According to the Washington Post:

"When Sting started writing songs for a dramatic cartoon musical from Disney, he envisioned generations of children enjoying the music. Instead, most of his tunes got cut when studio executives, unhappy with the film’s script, turned the epic musical into a not-so-musical buddy farce, The Emperor’s New Groove.

'At first, I was angry and perturbed. Then I wanted some vengeance,' the Grammy-winning musician said. 'We couldn’t use the songs in this new film because the characters they were written for didn’t exist anymore'..."

Click here for the full story.

Wednesday, December 13, 2000

Pictures From Emperor's Movie Premiere
Here are some pictures from the World Premiere of Disney's The Emperor's New Groove at the El Capitan Theater on Sunday. The pictures are by Chris Pizzello:

From left, Sting, David Spade, Eartha Kitt and Patrick Warburton pose together at the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' new animated film "The Emperor's New Groove," at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2000.Sting co-wrote and sang songs for the film and the other three performers pictured provide voices for the animated characters.


Sting gets a hug from Eartha Kitt.


Sting performs at the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' new film "The Emperor's New Groove"


Another picture of Sting performing at the premiere


David Spade, who provides the voice of Kuzco in "The Emperor's New Groove"


Eartha Kitt, who provides the voice of Yzma in Walt Disney Pictures' new animated film "The Emperor's New Groove," poses with the character at the post-premiere party.

Thursday, December 7, 2000

Michael Eisner Comments on The Emperor's New Groove
Disney executives gave speeches before investors and news media in London on yesterday mostly talking about the theme park division and live action film division with a focus on the upcoming Pearl Harbor. However, Michael Eisner did mention The Emperor's New Groove, stating the following (keep in mind this is aimed at the UK marketplace):

"In February, we will offer Disney's 39th full-length animated film, The Emperor's New Groove. This comedy features the voice talent of David Spade and John Goodman, with music by Sting. Just as Tarzan and Dinosaur stretched the bounds of Disney animation, this is a very funny film with a look and sensibility that we believe will feel very contemporary and fresh for audiences young and old." GalleryNewsFeaturesReviewsArtistsStore

Box Office Results

December 15, 2000 $2.3 Million

December 16, 2000 $4.25 Million

December 17, 2000 $3.12 Million

December 18, 2000 $920,000       

December 19, 2000 $1.03 Million

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