Release Date: October 12, 2001

Man, Bruce, I hear ya.  If my Angelina started boning Ashton Kutcher, I'd be pretty bitter too.

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Not to be confused with the Hindi movie of the same title, this Barry Levinson-directed crime comedy focuses on two bank-robbing kidnappers who look to share the love of their victim and the media spotlight. While the film will undoubtedly have a light feel, it does carry one box-office heavyweight in Bruce Willis. And while Willis is by no means a slam dunk at the box office, his name does carry a certain weight that will probably see this movie have moderate success.

Willis' last foray into the fall timeframe was Unbreakable, which fell on a Thanksgiving weekend. Willis seems to thrive on opening movies outside of the normal busy box-office season and fall is definitely his territory. Willis has been almost perfectly consistent in opening his fall movies over $10 million, with Last Man Standing being the only exception. His other fall releases include The Story of Us, The Jackal, and The Siege.

Putting Willis in this interesting story, in a role he's done before in a previously-tested formula (The Whole Nine Yards), indicates that this movie can be somewhat of a hit. Of the many movie in the fall lineup, this one seems interesting enough, and wide ranging enough, to find an audience. (Walid Habboub/BOP)

Vital statistics for Bandits
Main Cast Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett
Supporting Cast Troy Garity, Brian F. O'Byrne, Stacey Travis, Bobby Slayton, January Jones
Director Barry Levinson
Screenwriter Harley Peyton
Distributor MGM
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating PG-13
Running Time 122 minutes
Screen Count 3,207
Awards Awards page for Bandits
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

Comparison films for Bandits
Adjusted Opening
Total BO
Adjusted Total
Unbreakable 11/22/0030.33 33.93 2708 11202.00 12054.1 94.92 106.18 3.13
Jackal, The 11/14/9715.16 19.91 2193 6913.00 8735.4 54.93 72.16 3.62
Under Siege 10/9/9214.10 20.48 2042 6905.00 9650.4 83.56 121.41 5.93
Siege, The 11/6/9813.93 17.90 2541 5482.00 6779.4 40.93 52.62 2.94
Under Siege 2 7/14/9512.62 17.49 2150 5870.00 7826.7 50.02 69.33 3.96
Story of Us, The 10/15/999.67 11.52 2164 4469.00 5102.4 27.07 32.25 2.80
Last Man Standing 9/20/967.01 9.56 2561 2737.00 3591.5 18.12 24.72 2.58
Police Academy 6: City Under Siege 3/10/894.03 6.09 1627 2477.00 3600.7 10.61 16.03 2.63



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