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How Big Will ‘The Truman Show’ Get?

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Paramount’s $60-million fable “The Truman Show” starring Jim Carrey grossed $31.5 million in its opening weekend, and the only question is how big a hit it will be.

Are we talking “Forrest Gump” numbers ($330 million) or “Liar Liar” (about $180 million), Carrey’s major 1997 comedy hit?

The answer won’t be known until “Truman” has withstood next weekend’s “Six Days, Seven Nights” and the start of summer’s seven-days-a-week business, as schools empty out.

“Truman” seems likely to beat other Carrey vehicles “The Mask” and “Dumb and Dumber.” As for profit, Carrey took only a $12-million fee for the film, but that means his profit participation kicks in sooner. Nonetheless, “The Truman Show” is certain to be money in the bank for Paramount.

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Warner’s “A Perfect Murder,” starring Michael Douglas, opened well at $16.7 million, especially considering how suicidal it was to go up against Jim Carrey. One industry source said fall would have been a much better period for the film.

Unless its legs prove surprisingly strong, “Murder” is not likely to gross much more than the $55 million to $60 million it cost. However, Douglas is a strong performer overseas, where the film begins its runs in September. So it should end up in the plus column for Warner.


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