Nudity gets overlooked by the box office
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.