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"MUCH ADO," "WEDDING BANQUET" ENJOY SPECTACULAR WEEKEND BOXOFFICE

 The Samuel Goldwyn Company's "Much Ado" Tops $20 Million;
 "Banquet" Continues Strong Run During Expansion
 LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Samuel Goldwyn Company's two boxoffice hits, "Much Ado About Nothing" and "The Wedding Banquet," enjoyed spectacular boxoffice results over the Labor Day weekend.
 "Much Ado About Nothing," in its 18th week of release, passed the $20 million mark, reaching an impressive $20,415,990 and making it one of the highest and fastest grossing independent films of all time.
 For the four-day holiday weekend, "Much Ado" recorded $453,981 on 170 screens for an excellent per screen of $2,670. With the weekend results, "Much Ado" continues its pace to out-gross such recent "specialized" hits as "Howard's End," "The Player" and "Sex, Lies and Videotape."
 "Our plan has always been to play from May into next spring," said Eamonn Bowles, the company's vice president of theatrical distribution. "We're right on schedule."
 "The Wedding Banquet," in its fourth week of limited release, has become a boxoffice phenomenon. Playing on 58 screens, up 24 screens from the previous week, the film netted $642,044 for a per screen of $11,070. It's cumulative total to date is an equally impressive $1,844,369.
 "The wonderful thing about "The Wedding Banquet" is that the film continued its outstanding performance during our expansion this past weekend, " said Bowles. "We see tremendous potential for this film, playing a far greater number of theaters than we previously had planned."
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