Exhale Blows `Em Away

Call it a Christmas miracle. No one was more surprised than execs at Twentieth Century Fox when its Waiting to Exhale opened on Dec. 22 and immediately became the unexpected hit of the holidays. Fox had targeted its marketing for the film, starring singer Whitney Houston and three other black actresses, heavily at black women. Exhale opened primarily in large cities; the studio hardly even opened the movie in the 'burbs until after Christmas.

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