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Peak's Performance

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So much for the appeal of enlightened nonviolence: Seven Years in Tibet — in which the young Dalai Lama preaches respect for all life, even earthworms, to a Nazi — failed to wrestle top box office honors away from Kiss the Girls, in which a serial killer tortures young women. Tibet‘s $10 million take is the second near-miss this year for Brad Pitt, whose Devil’s Own opened with $14.3 million, behind Liar Liar, back in April — though without the benefit of Pitt, who plays a mountain climber on a quest for spiritual knowledge, Tibet would probably have done even worse. And while the week’s other new wide releases, RocketMan, Most Wanted, and Gang Related, barely registered, critics’ fave Boogie Nights, which opened Sunday, grabbed a whopping $25,101 per screen in one day at its two theaters.

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