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Pokemon: The First Movie Falls 60% in Second Weekend
(November 24, 1999) Pokemon: The First Movie fell a drastic 60% in its second weekend, bringing in $12.5 million at the Box Office to place third. The movie lost a lot of steam, which could spell trouble in its quest to bring in over $100 million. It's total gross, thanks to an amazing first weekend, currently stands at $67 million. Beginning on Wednesday, Pokemon will face competition from Disney's Toy Story 2.


Pokemon: The First Movie Scores Over $30 Million in Opening Weekend
(November 16, 1999) Pokemon: The First Movie captured the victory spot at the Box Office with a very impressive $31 million take in its opening weekend. When added to the Wednesday and Thursday takes, it brings its Box Office total, in only five days, to $50.7 million! Pokemon: The First Movie is playing on 3,043 screens and average over 10,000 per screen.


$13 Million Take for Pokemon: The First Movie on Saturday!!!
(November 14, 1999) Pokemon: The First Movie continues to stun the industry, taking in $13.06 million on Saturday to bring its four-day total to $41.85 million. The five day total for Pokemon: The First Movie (Wednesday through Sunday) is expected to top $50 million!


Pokemon: The First Movie Makes Another $9 Million on Friday!
(November 13, 1999) Pokemon: The First Movie made another $9 million on Friday to bring its astonishing three-day (weekdays mind you) total to $28.8 million.


Pokemon: The First Movie Brings in $9.6 Million on Thursday!
(November 12, 1999) Pokemon: The First Movie continues to dominate the Box Office. In just two days it has brought in $19.72 million. On Thursday it made $9.6 million, which is more money earned than the rest of the top 20 films combined! Playing on 2,901 screens, Pokemon: The First Movie is averaging an amazing $3,316 per screen. Pokemon: The First Movie now heads into its first big weekend.


Burger King Struck with Public Relations Disaster over Pokemon Movie
(November 12, 1999) Burger King had become "king of the hill" when it landed a deal to distribute Pokemon toys from its fast food chains, to promote the Pokemon movie. The Pokemon items have become the most desired fast-food toys ever. That privilege quickly turned to a nightmare, however, when Burger King chains started running out of toys, due to the overwhelming demand, only a few days into the promotion. The result was thousands of crying kids and angry parents, some becoming so vocal that Burger King officials almost called police on several occasions. New toys aren't scheduled to arrive until Monday, leaving hordes of angry parents storming out of Burger King restaurants until the stock is replenished.


Pokemon: The First Movie Tears Up Box Office in Opening Day
(November 11, 1999) Pokemon: The First Movie dominated the Box Office in its opening day, bringing in more money than all the other films in the Top 10 combined! On Wednesday, Pokemon: The First Movie brought in an amazing $10.1 million. The opening puts Pokemon: The First Movie on its way to reaching the Top 10 Box Office Animated Films of All Time list. Pokemon is showing on 2,901 screens.

The opening is the largest Wednesday opening ever for an animated film, easily topping Toy Story's $4.8 one day record set in 1995. It is the fourth largest mid-week opening ever for any film, topped only by Star Wars: Episode 1, Independence Day, and Men in Black.


Pokemon: The First Movie Kills Communications in Burbank!
(Tuesday, November 2, 1999) Phone lines at Warner Bros. headquarters in Burbank were flooded Monday morning following the 7:30 a.m. announcement on KTLA Morning News that tickets to the premiere Pokemon The First Movie would be given away.

The deluge of 70,000 calls per minute crashed the Warner Bros. voice mail system and also shut down communications at its Burbank-based neighbors Disney and NBC!

By 2 p.m., the studio continued to receive 40,000 calls per minute.

"This is absolutely without precedent," said Brad A. Ball, president, Domestic Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures. "That one announcement on the local morning news could provoke such an enormous response is an incredibly exciting indicator of Pokemon's appeal."

Pokemon, the worldwide phenomenon which began as a Nintendo Game Boy game and virtually exploded across the globe in every form from the best-selling trading card game to the No. 1 rated television kids' show on the Kids' WB!, hits the big screen with an exciting adventure about the greatest Pokemon battle yet.

Pokemon The First Movie follows Ash and Pikachu and their pals to a remote island where they are lured into a massive Pokemon battle, which will take all their courage and skill. In the ultimate showdown on New Island, the rare and legendary Pokemon Mew must do battle with the bio-engineered Mewtwo, the world's most powerful Pokemon.

Kids' WB! Presents A 4Kids Entertainment Production: the American adaptation of "Pokemon The First Movie." The film is written by Norman J. Grossfeld, Michael Haigney and John Touhey with voice direction by Michael Haigney. Norman J. Grossfeld, president of 4Kids Productions, is the producer.

The animated film is directed by Kunihiko Yuyama and produced by Choji Yoshikawa, Tomoyuki Igarashi and Takemoto Mori. The original dialogue is written by Takeshi Shudo and based on characters created by Satoshi Tajiri. Pokemon The First Movie is distributed by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment.

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