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Gidget Goes Ballistic

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Who would have imagined that the holiday created to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would someday become a Hollywood dumping ground for exploitation fare? Of the six movies that opened in wide release, the only two that registered more than a blip at the box office both made guns prominent in their ad campaigns: Eye for an Eye blasted its way to a decent opening despite continuing bad weather in the East. At least Don’t Be a Menace… blunted the irony by parodying trigger-happy urban gang movies. By Presidents’ Day weekend, they’ll probably both be long gone.

TOP 20

WEEKEND GROSS WEEKS IN GROSS* TO DATE RELEASE

1 $11.5 12 MONKEYS Universal, Bruce Willis $30.7 3 2 $9.6 DON’T BE A MENACE IN SOUTH CENTRAL WHILE DRINKING YOUR JUICE IN THE HOOD Miramax, Shawn Wayans $9.6 1 3 $7.9 EYE FOR AN EYE Paramount, Sally Field $7.9 1 4 $7.6 GRUMPIER OLD MEN WarnerBros., Jack Lemmon $51.9 4 5 $7.4 TOY STORY Walt Disney, Animated $169.8 8 6 $7.0 JUMANJI TriStar, Robin Williams $77.1 5 7 $6.7 HEAT Warner Bros., Al Pacino $53.5 5 8 $6.5 WAITING TO EXHALE 20th Century Fox, Angela Bassett $53.6 4 9 $6.0 BIO-DOME MGM, Pauly Shore $6.0 1 10 $5.2 FATHER OF THE BRIDE PART II Touchstone, Steve Martin $66.9 6 11 $5.2 TWO IF BY SEA Warner Bros., Sandra Bullock $5.2 1 12 $4.0 DUNSTON CHECKS IN 20th Century Fox, Jason Alexander $4.0 1 13 $3.9 SABRINA Paramount, Harrison Ford $43.1 5 14 $2.2 SENSE AND SENSIBILITY Columbia, Emma Thompson $9.7 5 15 $1.7 SEVEN New Line, Brad Pitt $88.9 17 16 $1.7 TOM & HUCK Walt Disney, Jonathan Taylor Thomas $20.6 4 17 $1.7 THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT Columbia, Michael Douglas $56.5 9 18 $1.7 LEAVING LAS VEGAS United Artists, Nicolas Cage $5.1 12 19 $1.6 LAWNMOWER MAN II: BEYOND CYBERSPACE New Line, Peter Weller $1.6 1 20 $1.6 GOLDENEYE United Artists, Pierce Brosnan $98.6 9

TOP 10 / PER SCREEN

WEEKEND PER-SCREEN NO. OF AVERAGE   SCREENS

1 $10,854 SENSE AND SENSIBILITY Columbia 203 2 $9,892 LEAVING LAS VEGAS United Artists 167 3 $9,537 DON’T BE A MENACE… Miramax 1,010 4 $7,270 12 MONKEYS Universal 1,582 5 $5,189 EYE FOR AN EYE Paramount 1,528 6 $4,789 WAITING TO EXHALE 20th Century Fox 1,349 7 $3,986 BIO-DOME MGM 1,510 8 $3,964 GRUMPIER OLD MEN Warner Bros. 1,923 9 $3,927 HEAT Warner Bros. 1,704 10 $3,590 TOY STORY Walt Disney 2,053

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