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A 'FIRM' GRIP

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Who’s the most popular movie star in America? Sly? Clint? Arnold? (Given the grosses for Last Action Hero, probably not Arnold.) Judging strictly from the bottom line, the answer would have to be Tom. Cruise’s last film, A Few Good Men, had a total domestic gross of $141 million, and now The Firm has made a powerful case for Cruise’s appeal, earning $32 million over the extended July 4th weekend-enough to knock Jurassic Park out of the No. 1 spot. With a six- day total of $45.55 million, The Firm is now poised to gross $150 million. Not that it’s the only action in town. Jurassic continues its record-setting pace: After only 25 days of release, it ranks 11th on the list of all-time box office champs, just ahead of Back to the Future ($210 million) and just behind Ghost ($217 million). WEEKEND TOP TWENTY GROSS WEEKS IN GROSS* TO DATE RELEASE

1 $32.48 The Firm Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman $45.55 1 2 $25.30 Jurassic Park Sam Neill, Laura Dern $212.06 4 3 $ 16.10 Sleepless In Seattle Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan $43.25 2 4 $10.08 Dennis The Menace Walter Matthau $26.17 2 5 $9.02 Snow White Animated $9.02 1 6 $7.03 Son-In-Law Pauly Shore $7.03 1 7 $6.41 Last Action Hero Arnold Schwarzenegger $40.06 3 8 $5.75 What’s Love Got To Do With It Angela Bassett $21.69 4 9 $3.82 Cliffhanger Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow $71.36 6 10 $1.65 Menace II Society Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate $20.87 6 11 $1.31 Much Ado About Nothing Emma Thompson $9.73 9 12 $1.28 Made In America Ted Danson, Whoopi Goldberg $41.00 6 13 $1.15 Dave Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver $60.18 9 14 $0.95 Guilty As Sin Rebecca De Mornay, Don Johnson $20.95 5 15 $0.69 Hot Shots! Part Deux Charlie Sheen $35.42 7 16 $0.69 Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story Jason Scott Lee $32.95 9 17 $0.64 Like Water For Chocolate Lumi Cavazos $11.35 20 18 $0.44 The Sandlot Tom Guiry, Denis Leary $30.30 13 19 $0.38 Once upon a forest Animated $5.65 3 20 $0.37 Orlando Tilda Swinton $1.10 4

WEEKEND TOP TEN / PER SCREEN NO. OF WEEKS IN PER-SCREEN SCREENS RELEASE AVERAGE

1 $14,668 Orlando Tilda Swinton 25 4 2 $13,572 The Firm Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman 2,393 1 3 $10,135 Jurassic Park Sam Neill, Laura Dern 2,496 4 4 $10,058 Sleepless In Seattle Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan 1,601 2 5 $6,534 Much Ado About Nothing Emma Thompson 201 9 6 $5,225 What’s Love Got To Do With It Angela Bassett1, 100 4 7 $5,064 Son-In-Law Pauly Shore 1,389 1 8 $4,971 Snow White Animated 1,814 1 9 $4,836 Dennis The Menace Walter Matthau 2,085 2 10 $3,863 Like Water For Chocolate Lumi Cavazos 166 20 *WEEKEND OF JULY 2-5 (DOLLAR FIGURES IN MILLIONS) DRAWN FROM 20 TOP GROSSING FILMS

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