Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Seven Pounds Earning Interest

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Seven Pounds Earning Interest

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NO name in lights was more pleasing to US theatre owners in 2008 than Will Smith, according to a survey of American movie exhibitors.

Smith, star of Hancock and Seven Pounds, was voted the star who generated the most box-office revenue for theatres in an annual survey by Quigley Publishing Co.

Smith is only the second black actor to be chosen in the Quigley poll, which since 1932 has asked movie exhibitors to vote on the 10 stars who brought in the most business. Sidney Poitier topped the poll in 1968.

Smith's superhero summer blockbuster Hancock grossed $A320.13 million.

Seven Pounds, which opens in Australia on January 8, has pulled in a somewhat lacklustre $A54.76 million in two weeks.

In the sombre flick, directed by Gabriele Musccino, who also worked with Smith on The Pursuit of Happiness, Smith plays Ben Thomas, an IRS agent - or at least that's what he appears to do for a living - who takes a special interest in the cases of a seemingly unrelated group of people, including Rosario Dawson as a woman with a deadly heart condition and Woody Harrelson as a blind telemarketer. …

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