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Open Wide: How Hollywood Box Office Became a National Obsession.

Open Wide

Dade Hayes & Jonathan Bing

Hyperion Books

77 West 66th St., NY, NY 10023-6298

1401352006 $23.95 1-800-759-0190

Open Wide: How Hollywood Box Office Became A National Obsession is the tell-it-like-it-is story of how the millions of dollars and literally years of work behind Hollywood summer movies finally all come down to a fierce popularity competition--a competition whose success is measured by the size of the opening weekend box office gross. Focusing especially on the elaborate case study of one weekend's box office face-off between Terminator 3, Legally Blonde 2, and Brad Pitt's Sinbad in thousands of theaters across America, Open Wide reveals the nitty gritty of clashing titans and the individuals who put so much of their heart, soul, and reputation into movies. Movie buffs and film fans are treated to a fascinating peek behind the curtaink where the power struggles resemble the royal intrigues of antiquity.
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Date:Nov 1, 2004
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