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Blame it on the 'Boogie'

This week’s box office numbers

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The question going into last weekend was, can Boogie Nights keep it up? Despite raves that packed houses for the porn-world drama in its initial limited release, when it expanded from 124 to 907 screens, a wider audience didn’t follow: The movie’s per-screen average plunged from $14,578 to $5,162. And while the Chinese government may be red in the face about what it perceives as Hollywood’s current wave of anti-Chinese movies, American moviegoers apparently care little about the subject. Seven Years in Tibet has already gone down as the fall’s most conspicuous failure; and despite a publicity-heavy debut that coincided with Chinese president Jiang Zemin’s visit to the U.S., the Richard Gere vehicle Red Corner opened to a pallid $7.4 million.