"Patton" won best Picture for 1970 and was also a 20th Fox Reversed seat roadshow production. In Manhattan "Patton" opened 2 months after "Hello Dolly" but only played as a roadshow for 4 months before going wide in June 1970, "Dolly" played as a roadshow for 7 months and didn't go wide until late August 1970. The only other film to have a long roadshow run during the 70's in NY was "Fiddler on the Roof" (over a year) in 1968 "Funny Girl" ran as a roadshow for 16 months before going wide (general release, popular prices, neighborood theaters) "Dolly" did perfrom well enough at the box-office to make the top 5 (I believe Disney's "The Love Bug" was the number 1 film that year) Dolly was only considered a bomb on the books because it cost so much money to produce (money which was a long shot to recover from the start, Fox was dreaming, no film at the time came close to doing "The Sound of Music's business, so why would "Dolly"? After the "Cleopatra" problems it's surprising FOX even went ahead with such an expensive film (Dolly should have cost 8-10 million to produce, and then it would have been profitable, though it may not have been so magnificent - which might have made a difference. Other films which earned the same as "Dolly" were considered hits because their costs were very low. "MASH" also from Fox cost very little. It opened early in 1970 and ran steadily throughout the year..earning tons of money, Hollywood learned not to take big risks which meant big losses. But still, Fox had that other expenisve Roadshow bomb for the fall of 1970 "Tora, Tora, Tora" (about as exciting as watching paint dry) Never knew Matthau and Streisand were hitting each other, wouldn't have made the papers?