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March 4, 2005

Macho men in comic pix

MACHO MEN

As action thesp Vin Diesel makes his comedy debut with Disney/Spylgass’ “The Pacifier,” he hopes to follow in the footsteps of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has had the most success among his high-octane peers in straddling both genres.


TOP COMEDIES FOR ACTION HEADLINERS


  ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
Twins (’88) 

    112
Kindergarten Cop (’90)       91

  BRUCE WILLIS
Disney’s The Kid (’00)       70
Death Becomes Her (’92)        58

  SYLVESTER STALLONE
Stop! Or My Mom… (’92) 
    28
Oscar (’91) 
    24
*in millions of $ for live action roles

BOWING
Movie Title Engagements
Be Cool (MGM) 3,216
The Pacifier(BV/Spyglass) 3,131
The Jacket (Warner Ide./Mandalay) 1,331
Walk on Water (Samuel Goldwyn/Roadside) NY, LA, SF 10
Gunner Palace (Palm)NY, LA, SF, DC 8
Dear Frankie (Miramax) NY, LA 5
Intimage Stories (New Yorker) NY 2
The Best of Youth (Miramax)* NY 1
*bowed Wednesday

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
1.21


’04
thru Feb. 29

1.27
+5%

’05
thru Feb. 27

1. Be Cool
2. The Pacifier
3. Diary of a Mad…
4. The Jacket
5. Hitch

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of March
Pic New date Old date
FOCUS FEATURES
Pride and Prejudice Sept. 23 undated
GOODBYE CRUEL RELEASING
Funny Ha Ha April 29  
LIONS GATE
Crash May 6 May 13
The Devil’s Rejects July 22 August 12
MAGNOLIA PICTURES
Enron… April 22  
WELLSPRING
Wild Side June 24 June
Dear Wendy September  
Red indicates new entry
Source: Nielsen EDI Filmsource
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