Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple" got off to the best start among the latest batch of Christmas releases, earning an average of nearly $9,000 in each of 192 theaters over the weekend.
"Out of Africa," Sydney Pollack's $30-million adaptation of the Isak Dinesen novel, grossed $3.6 million in 922 theaters, averaging a lukewarm $3,945.
Twentieth Century Fox's science-fiction thriller "Enemy Mine" and Disney's re-release of "101 Dalmatians" both had very weak openings, averaging $2,268 and $2,178 respectively. "Enemy Mine" is playing in 703 theaters, "101 Dalmatians" in 1,097.
Universal's "Brazil," the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.'s pick as the year's best picture, brought in $30,099 in one 500-seat New York City theater. The movie, which also won the awards for best direction and best screenplay from the Los Angeles critics, opens on two screens today in both the Mann Westwood complex and the Beverly Center Cineplex.