Is Pauly Shore a sure thing -- The funnyman feels the heat as ''Dunston Checks In'' challenges ''Bio-Dome'' at the box office

By Jane Wollman Rusoff and David Poland
January 26, 1996 at 05:00 AM EST

Q: With Pauly Shore’s Bio-Dome doing only moderately better box office than the primate-powered Dunston Checks In ($6 million versus $4 million), Entertainment Weekly asks, ”Which is a better financial investment: a movie starring Shore, or one with a monkey?”

Samuel Z. Arkoff (producer and president of Arkoff International Pictures; cofounder of American International Pictures): ”Let me put it this way — it depends on the monkey. If it’s King Kong, I’ll take King Kong.”

Craig Campobasso (a casting director for Picket Fences): ”I vote for the monkey because it’s cheaper and doesn’t talk back. He’ll work for bananas, not peanuts.”

Marvin Worth (Marvin Worth Productions — Malcolm X, The Rose): ”It’s the same choice. I don’t see a difference.”

Danny Bonaduce (erstwhile Partridge and radio host): ”I’d rather do a movie with a Monkee — preferably Peter Tork.”