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OBJECTION OVERRULED

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Hollywood’s fear of AIDS (as a movie theme, that is) proved ill-founded last weekend. After building strong momentum in its four weeks of limited release, Philadelphia displayed its commercial mettle when it widened onto 1,245 screens and grossed an estimated $13.7 million in four days. (TriStar reported no final numbers following the California earthquake on Martin Luther King Day.) Many industry insiders had thought that a serious AIDS drama would be too offputting to the general public. But with the combined marquee value of Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, Philadelphia proved them wrong. Weekend Gross to Weeks in Gross Top 20 Date Release

1 $13.7 Philadelphia TriStar, Tom Hanks $14.7 4 2 $10.8 Mrs. Doubtfire 20th Century Fox, Robin Williams $152.3 8 3 $7.3 House Party 3 New Line, Kid ‘N Play $9.0 1 4 $6.3 Grumpy Old Men Warner Bros., Walter Matthau $34.1 4 5 $5.9 The Pelican Brief Warner Bros., Julia Roberts $81.8 5 6 $5.6 Iron Will Walt Disney, Kevin Spacey. $5.6 1 7 $5.5 Tombstone Hollywood, Kurt Russell $39.9 4 8 $4.8 The Air Up There Hollywood, Kevin Bacon $11.2 2 9 $3.7 Shadowlands Savoy, Anthony Hopkins $9.4 3 10 $3.5 Schindler’s List Universal, Liam Neeson $14.6 5 11 $3.4 Beethoven’s 2nd Universal, Charles Grodin $40.7 7 12 $2.6 Sister Act 2 Touchstone, Whoopi Goldberg $49.9 6 13 $1.7 The Piano Miramax, Holly Hunter $22.4 10 14 $1.5 Wayne’s World 2 Paramount, Mike Myers$45.6 6 15 $1.0 In The Name Of The Father Universal, Daniel Day-Lewis $1.6 3 16 $0.9 Heaven and Earth Warner Bros., Hiep Thi Le $4.9 4 17 $0.8 Cabin Boy Touchstone, Chris Elliott $2.7 2 18 $0.5 The Remains of the Day Columbia, Anthony Hopkins $18.3 11 19 $0.5 Death Wish V: The Face Of Death Trimark, Charles Bronson $0.5 1 20 $0.2 Geronimo Columbia, Wes Studi $16.9 6

Weekend Per-Screen Number of Average Top 10 / Per Screen Screens

1 $14,552 In The Name of the Father Universa l67 2 $13,690 Schindler’s List Universal 252 3 $11,004 Philadelphia TriStar 1,245 4 $8,550 House Party 3 New Line 848 5 $5,007 Shadowlands Savoy 734 6 $4,586 Mrs. Doubtfire 20th Century Fox 2,355 7 $3,923 Grumpy Old Men Warner Bros. 1,606 8 $3,383 The Piano Miramax 500 9 $3,051 The Pelican brief Warner Bros. 1,934 10 $2,975 Tombstone Hollywood 1,849

*Weekend of Jan.14-Jan.17(Est. Dollar Figures In Millions) Drawn from 20 top-grossing films

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