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Just a word to note that "Evan Almighty," that hulking, $175 million comedy behemoth, sank like a stone this weekend, taking in just $31 million in this country. That is very disappointing news for Universal, which tried hard to make this laugh-challenged story appeal to the Christian audience (where were they when they’re needed?) when it became clear that the studio didn’t have the Steve Carrell-Tom Shadyac homerun they thought they would. For comparison’s sake, MGM’s tiny thriller "1408" opened to $20.6 million, but it only cost $25 million to make. There’s a lesson there somewhere.