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Pokemon/Mononoke Box Office, Animazement 2k

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Pokémon / Princess Mononoke American Box Office Update, Animazment 2000 Guests, DVD Briefs, More

Pokémon / Princess Mononoke Boxoffice Update
Pokémon: The First Movie, in it's seventh week of release in North America drew in $112,214 over this past weekend, dropping it to 35th place on the Daily Variety movie chart. To-date, Pokémon has grossed $83,608,861. Meanwhile, in it's fifth week of expanded release, The Princess Mononoke (which is in it's 9th week of release total) pulled in somewhere under $18,500 bringing it down from the #34 spot to somewhere below #60. To-date Miramax's limited Mononoke release has grossed an estimated $2,317,000.

Animazment Convention Announces Guests
The Animazment 2000 convention has announced the following as confirmed guests: Yuu Watase - manga artist Fushigi Yuugi, Kooichi Tsunoda - Toei Animation Institute, Nov. Takahashi - President of Studio Hard, Scott Houle - President Coastal Carolina Studio, Rachael Lillis - American voice actress, Misty and Jesse of Pokémon, and Lisa Ortiz - American voice actress behind Lina Inverse of Slayers. The Animazment Convention will be heald in Raleigh North Carolina March 10-12.

Bandai Entertainment Confirms First DVD Releases
Bandai Entertainment, via the Anime Village Website, has posted the following official information regarding their first DVD releases, they also have hinted at a new DVD area to be setup on the site next month.
Blue Submarine No. 6 (Vol 1 of 4) April 2000 | 5.1 Japanese (English subtitled) 2-Channel English | 1st OVA $24.98
COWBOY BEBOP (Vol 1 of 6) April 2000 | 2-Channel Japanese (English subtitled) 2-Channel English | Ep. 1-5 SRP $29.98
EAT-MAN '98 (2 disc set) April 2000 | 2-Channel Japanese (English subtitled) Ep. 1,2 2-Channel English | Ep. 1-12 SRP $39.98

Kite DVD Release
Media Blasters will be releasing the cut version of Kite on DVD on April 25th for 24.95. Extras will include: Interactive Menus, Scene Selections, Animation Cel Gallery, and Storyboards, contains 2 episodes, length: 45 Minutes.

Burger King To Recall Pokémon Toys
U.S. Hamburger chain Burger King announced the recall of 25 million Pokémon Pokeball toys yesterday, after a 13-month-old California girl suffocated to death on half of one of the toys. In another incident, a father was able to remove part of a ball that had gotten stuck on an 18-month-old girl's face before she suffocated.
"More than 25 million of the Pokeballs are part of the recall," said Burger King spokesman Charles Nicolas. "That's because they may pose a suffocation hazard for children under three years of age."
In exchange for the toys, the restaurant chain is offering a free order of French fries.
Pokeballs are 7 centimeters in diameter and consist of two plastic hemispheres containing small figures of Pokémon characters, they are part of a toy promotion launched last month to coincide with the premiere of Pokémon: The First Movie.

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