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Nudity gets overlooked by the box office

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Much male anatomy was put on display in this year’s movies, but when guys went all the way, moviegoers mostly averted their eyes. And diverted their money. Consider:

Overexposure: The skinny-dipping gay ensemble of Love! Valour! Compassion! flaunted the most casual male nudity on screen. Result: $2.9 million.

Single exposure: Mark Wahlberg, as Boogie Nights‘ porn star Dirk Diggler, gave audiences an eyeful of his prosthetically enhanced endowment in the movie’s final scene. Result: $23 million.

Promised exposure: The workers in The Full Monty dared to take it all off, but a final, freeze-frame rear shot avoided a view of those Monties on parade. Result: $33 million.

No exposure: Howard Stern, who spent much of his autobiographical Private Parts bemoaning his shortcomings, was a winner. Since he never flashed it, the film lived up to its ad line ”Never before has a man done so much with so little.” Result: $41.2 million.

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