Novocaine

Release Date: November 16, 2001
Release pushed back from October 26, 2001
Limited release

Novocaine

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A film that will world premiere with a choice slot at the Toronto Film Festival, Novocaine is an edgy, unconventional, dark comedy co-written and directed by first-time helmer David Atkins.

Steve Martin plays a dentist for the second time in his career (the first being Little Shop of Horror’s sadistic Orin Scrivello, D.D.S.), but in this case, he’s a mild-mannered guy who is happily engaged to a doting, obsessive-compulsive dental hygienist (Laura Dern). After a sexy, mysterious patient (Helena Bonham Carter) seduces him into prescribing painkillers for her, he gets mixed up in a mess involving drugs, sex and a bizarre murder.

Kevin Bacon and Scott Caan (of the WB’s Felicity) also star in Novocaine, which is currently set for a limited release. Based on the talent featured in the film, it’s possible that it could expand wider if it can pull decent per screen averages. Based on the roles he has selected in the past, it’s clear that Martin finds his greatest success with broad comedies such as the Father of the Bride films, but his overall track record at the box office is spotty. Nonetheless, the cleverly-written Bowfinger had a strong opening. Once the critics speak, the long-term box office prospects will be clearer. (Kim Hollis/BOP)




Vital statistics for Novocaine
Main Cast Chelcie Ross, Steve Martin, Laura Dern
Supporting Cast Lynne Thigpen, Polly Noonan, Helena Bonham Carter
Director David Atkins
Screenwriter David Atkins
Distributor Artisan Entertainment
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Rating R
Running Time 95 minutes
Screen Count 105
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



Comparison films for Novocaine
Title
Date
Opening
Adjusted Opening
Screens
PSA
Adj PSA
Total BO
Adjusted Total
Mult
Bowfinger 8/13/9918.06 21.52 2706 6674.00 7619.9 66.37 79.09 3.67
Father of the Bride 2 12/8/9511.13 15.42 1949 5711.00 7614.7 76.59 106.16 6.88
Parenthood 8/4/8910.51 15.88 1262 8328.00 12105.9 95.57 144.43 9.09
House Sitter 6/12/929.11 13.23 1671 5452.00 7619.7 58.50 85.00 6.42
Sgt. Bilko 3/29/968.11 11.06 2304 3520.00 4619.0 30.17 41.16 3.72
Father of the Bride 12/20/917.03 10.06 1561 4504.00 6205.0 89.10 127.61 12.67
Grand Canyon * 1/17/926.00 8.71 803 7472.00 10442.8 32.35 47.00 4.58
Simple Plan, A 1/22/993.42 4.07 660 5182.00 5916.5 16.31 19.43 3.70
Leap of Faith 12/18/923.22 4.67 1554 2072.00 2895.8 22.29 32.38 6.92
Fargo 4/5/962.54 3.46 716 3547.00 4654.4 24.57 33.52 5.89
Mixed Nuts * 12/23/942.31 3.41 1312 1761.00 2503.4 6.67 9.85 2.54


     


 
 

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