Will Smith's "Wild Wild West" wants to be next year's July 4 smash hit
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Will Smith’s “Wild Wild West” wants to be 1999’s July 4 flick

Now that this year’s fireworks are ashes, it’s time to start planning 1999’s Fourth of July. How ’bout taking in “Wild Wild West,” Barry Sonnenfeld’s action comedy starring Will Smith, Kevin Kline, and Kenneth Branagh? To get a jump on its competitors, Warner Bros. announced that the film — which is based on the ’60s TV series about two government agents who use Bond-like inventions to track villains through the old West — will hit theaters next Independence Day.

The studio is hoping that the cast’s past luck with the mega-bucks holiday weekend will rub off on “West”: Smith and Sonnenfeld’s “Men in Black” ruled the Fourth in 1997 with a $51.1 million three-day take, and Smith’s “Independence Day” grossed $50.2 million the year before that. Feel free to make your own early box office estimates for “West”… but at least have the courtesy to wait until “Armageddon”‘s take is tallied.

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