In a probable case of exaggeration, major studio Warner Bros. and Disney-owned independent Miramax — both of which have been accused of cooking box office figures in the past — played a wild game of ”Can you top this?” in reporting the weekend numbers for The Specialist and Pulp Fiction, respectively. While Miramax finally claimed victory for its sadistically bloody crime film, industry sources agreed that both estimates were inflated. One feather in Fiction’s cap: Its 2 1/2-hour running time allowed an average of only four daily showings versus The Specialist’s five, making its final take even more impressive.
Posted October 28 1994 — 12:00 AM EDT
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