With many shopping malls across the country planning to open at 5 00 a.m. or earlier for Black Friday sales, multiplexes anchoring those malls were reportedly selling out late-night screenings Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. The late-night crowd was expected to cap off what some box-office office analysts predicted would be a record day of ticket sales in virtually ever area of the country. Like many TV news outlets, Amarillo, TX station KAMR reported Thursday night "Thanksgiving's always one of the biggest days at movie theaters across the country, and here in Amarillo was no exception." The Thanksgiving record was set in 2000 with $232.17 million, when three kids-oriented features led the box office ( How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 102 Dalmatians, and Rugrats in Paris ). Last year's take, $215.43 million, is the second-highest weekend on the all-time list prepared by box-office trackers Media By Numbers.

NOTE Studio Briefing is somewhat abbreviated today because of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.