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Blame it on the 'Boogie'

This week's box office numbers

The question going into last weekend was, can Boogie Nights keep it up? Despite raves that packed houses for the porn-world drama in its initial limited release, when it expanded from 124 to 907 screens, a wider audience didn’t follow: The movie’s per-screen average plunged from $14,578 to $5,162. And while the Chinese government may be red in the face about what it perceives as Hollywood’s current wave of anti-Chinese movies, American moviegoers apparently care little about the subject. Seven Years in Tibet has already gone down as the fall’s most conspicuous failure; and despite a publicity-heavy debut that coincided with Chinese president Jiang Zemin’s visit to the U.S., the Richard Gere vehicle Red Corner opened to a pallid $7.4 million.