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Taymor's "Universe" may have legs

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Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe was excoriated by critics, but it performed solidly its opening weekend, averaging $29,000 per screen. Sony is now broadening the musical’s release quicker then expected. This Friday the studio will expand the Beatles-themed, visual fantasia to 250 theaters. It will stay in its original twelve markets, but will expand the number of screens in each one. By week three, the plan is to place it in more than 400 theaters. Now if they could just do something about the film’s extravagant length …