Shyamalan: Dan Jackman/
October 15, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

How M. Night Shyamalan lost power in 2004

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Shyamalan thought his name alone could turn The Village into a summer phenomenon. But after a $51 million opening weekend, audiences heeded the warning bell of lousy word of mouth, and the film struggled to make half of Signs‘ $228 million gross. Now many wonder if the onetime ”next Steven Spielberg” is instead a one-trick pony.

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