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'Tombstone' vs. 'Wyatt Earp'
"Tombstone" (Buena Vista Pictures) - Dec. 24, 1993
Domestic box office: $56 million
"Wyatt Earp" (Warner Bros.) - June 24, 1994
Domestic box office: $25 million
The Result: In the wake of the success of "Unforgiven" and Kevin Costner's "Dances With Wolves," studios snapped up western pitches left and right, even if they happened to tell virtually the same story of Wyatt Earp's legendary gunfight at the OK Corral. Kurt Russell played the iconic figure in the ensemble "Tombstone," while Coster took on the role in "Earp." It turned out that audiences weren't that eager for more westerns at all -- the lower-budget "Tombstone" was the winner here by picking up some $56 million in the U.S. The overpriced "Earp" barely scraped up $25 million.
- Dave Lewis