SOURCE: New Line Cinema

August 22, 2006 07:33 ET

Repeat - New Line Cinema's "Snakes on a Plane" Is #1 Film in America With $15.2 Million Opening Weekend Gross

"The Best Time You Will Have at the Movies All Summer, If Not All Year" -- Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 22, 2006 -- New Line Cinema's "Snakes on a Plane" was the top grossing film in the country this past weekend, with a $15.2 million gross in its debut.

"This is a strong opening for 'Snakes on a Plane' and consistent with our tracking estimates. The film is a fun, communal experience that satisfies both genre fans and mainstream moviegoers," says Rolf Mittweg, New Line's President and COO of Worldwide Distribution and Marketing. "With a modest $30 million budget, 'Snakes' will be profitable. We have strong exit polls and positive word of mouth, so we anticipate that the film will have legs."

The film, which was released in 3,555 theaters, attracted a broad audience that was balanced evenly across genders (51% male, 49% female) and ages (53% over 25 years old). Exit polls indicated that moviegoers enjoyed the film, scoring it well above norms in both ratings and recommendations with 67% of those polled grading the film as "better than expected."

The film has also received strong critical reviews including:

-- "This is an event. And it's the best time you'll have at the movies all summer, if not all year." - Christy Lemire, Associated Press

-- "See it in a theater, the more crowded the better...with a pumped-up audience, it's a party." - Ty Burr, Boston Globe

-- "So extreme it's good, so shrewd it's good, so funny it's good, so good it's good." - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

"Snakes on a Plane" stars Samuel L. Jackson as an FBI agent assigned to escort a government witness on a flight to Los Angeles. But when a crimelord sets loose hundreds of deadly snakes during the flight, the agent must band together with the pilot, crew and passengers in a desperate attempt to survive and protect his witness. In addition to Jackson, "Snakes on a Plane" features an ensemble cast that includes Julianna Margulies ("ER," "The Sopranos"), Kenan Thompson ("Saturday Night Live") and David Koechner ("Anchorman," "The Office"). "Snakes on a Plane" is directed by David Ellis ("Final Destination 2," "Cellular").

About New Line Cinema Corporation:

Founded almost 40 years ago, New Line Cinema is the most successful independent film company in the world. Its mission is to produce innovative, popular and profitable entertainment in the best creative environment. In addition to the production, marketing and distribution of theatrical motion pictures, the fully-integrated studio has divisions devoted to home entertainment, television, music, theater, merchandising and an international unit. In 2005, New Line partnered with HBO to form Picturehouse, a new theatrical distribution company to release independent films. A pioneer in franchise filmmaking, New Line's Oscar-winning "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy is one of the most successful film franchises in history. New Line is a division of Time Warner, Inc. (TWX).

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