Smith kicks off summer with a bang

Thursday, June 29th, 2000 - 4:16 pm PDT

Hollywood analysts are expecting Rev. Smith to be the top box office draw this Fourth of July weekend, with some estimating he could bring in as much as $68 million over the four day stretch. Many of the big studios have opted not to even compete with Smith, steering their movies’ release dates clear of the holiday weekend. “What’s particularly impressive about this,” noted one tinsel town insider, “is that Smith doesn’t have a movie out - nor will he in the foreseeable future.”