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Friday, April 18, 2003

Weird Czech movie trivia. What do movie ticket prices say about a society's culturo-economic development? The 10th most popular film of all time in the Czech Republic is -- get this -- The Bodyguard with Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. With 689,159 admissions, it grossed just under CzK 14 million in 1993 (don't know the 1993 exchange rate, but today's that'd be in the vicinity of half a million bucks.) Last year, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone just barely beat it on the admissions ranking, clocking in at #9 with 768,373 admissions. It made -- hold on -- CzK 60,892,380, making it the second-most lucrative movie in the country ever (the first is Jan Sv├Črak's Dark Blue World).

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