Studios Flee Mexican Flu
Hollywood studios are postponing the release of their early summer movies in Mexico due to concerns over the spread of the swine flu, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Thursday). Particularly affected, the newspaper said, are the upcoming releases of Star Trek, X-Men Origins Wolverine , and Angels & Demons . The newspaper noted that Mexico accounts for about 6 percent of all overseas box-office revenue. A delay, the Times observed, could undercut the performance of the films when they finally do open in Mexico since it would allow pirated copies to flood the market. Earlier reports had indicated that one of the few businesses in Mexico not hurt by the flu outbreak has been video rentals -- which are booming.