The Majestic

Release Date: December 21, 2001

The Majestic

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Jim Carrey looks to revisit his role in The Truman Show with this light-hearted drama about a blacklisted writer who loses his memory and is mistaken for a World War II hero in a small town. Directing this film is Frank Darabont, helmer of the critically-acclaimed and fan-embraced The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. While this movie will surely be light in tone, it will also most definitely have its poignant side.

It's difficult to forecast what this movie can make without first seeing some footage and without having an idea of what the ad campaign is like. Both The Truman Show and The Green Mile had quite somber premises and similar ad campaigns, but one of them opened to $31.5 million and the other opened to $18 million. Other than running time, the main difference between how both movies were presented was the light-hearted feel presented by The Truman Show. Nevertheless, the success of Truman was quite surprising, especially considering the film is mostly a drama. So the key thing is to look for the marketing strategy.

While Jim Carrey's drawing power has been questioned recently, it is important to note that, when in his element, his movies have a strong opening weekend. Carrey is not being asked to carry a serious docudrama, like he was with Man on the Moon, and he is not being asked to do over-the-top comedy, such as Me, Myself & Irene. Instead, he is doing something close to normalcy, something that his most successful movies, the aforementioned The Truman Show and Liar, Liar, shared in common. With Darabont, who is a skilled and down-to-earth director, much like Truman's Peter Weir, Carrey will surely be kept in check, and the movie is more likely to do well than to fail. (Walid Habboub/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Majestic
Main Cast Jim Carrey, Bob Balaban, Jeffrey DeMunn, Hal Holbrook
Supporting Cast Laurie Holden, Martin Landau, Brent Briscoe, Ron Rifkin
Director Frank Darabont
Screenwriter Michael Sloane
Distributor Warner Bros.
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating PG
Running Time 152 minutes
Screen Count 2,361
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

Comparison films for The Majestic
Adjusted Opening
Total BO
Adjusted Total
Truman Show, The 6/5/9831.54 40.55 2315 13624.00 16848.4 125.60 161.48 3.98
Liar Liar 3/21/9731.42 41.27 2845 11044.00 13955.4 181.41 238.31 5.77
Green Mile, The 12/10/9918.02 21.47 2875 6268.00 7156.4 136.80 163.02 7.59
Man on the Moon 12/24/997.52 8.96 2079 3617.00 4129.6 34.58 41.20 3.97



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