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'The Other Side of Heaven' Grosses Over Half a Million Dollars at Box Office

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Excel Entertainment Group has announced that its latest release, "The Other Side of Heaven," has grossed over $545,000 at the box office since its open just over 2 and a half weeks ago. Since the film's opening on December 14, the film has opened on only 24 screens across Utah, making "The Other Side of Heaven" one of the highest grossing films per screen in the nation (with an average of $12,600 per screen per week).

Moviegoers have been lining up in droves to see the film, resulting in packed houses across the state. Theater managers have reported turning people away due to sold out showings. Other theaters have had to add additional showings or move showings into larger theaters to accommodate the demand.

The film's success has come during what some insiders are calling the busiest Christmas season ever at the box office. The releases of films like The Lord of the Rings; The Fellowship of the Ring and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone have fueled extraordinary numbers at the box office nationally.

In spite of all the competition, "The Other Side of Heaven" is holding its own at theaters in Utah. The movie's per screen average on opening weekend made it one of the strongest movie openings in the last two months. Nationally, the film ranks #11 in 2001 for per screen average on an opening weekend. Per screen averages are used by the film industry to gauge the strength of independent films in limited release.

The film will open in Idaho theaters on January 18, and will open in the rest of the country later in Spring 2002.

From Academy Award-winning producer Gerald R. Molen, "The Other Side of Heaven" tells the true story of John H. Groberg's mission to the Kingdom of Tonga in the 1950's. Groberg is a resident of Utah and an Idaho native. The movie stars Christopher Gorham and Anne Hathaway (The Princess Diaries).



"The Other Side of Heaven" Grosses Over Half a Million Dollars at Box Office
Excel Entertainment Press Release 3Jan02 A2


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