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Weekend Box Office

July 28, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

The sardonic mayhem of Orion's "RoboCop" continued to be a hit at the nation's theaters over the weekend, with the big metal guy taking the top spot again. But the general summer box- office heat continued over the weekend, with 17 films doing more than $1 million in box-office business. Interestingly, Columbia's "La Bamba"--a filmed biography of teen rocker Ritchie Valens' short life--did better at Spanish-language theaters than elsewhere; the 77 theaters debuting the film in Spanish did an average $5,300 per screen, while the 1,174 English-language theaters did only $4,086 per screen.

* Meanwhile, Universal's "Jaws the Revenge" sank more than 50% below last week's box-office business. The $2,210 per-screen average is unusually low for second-week figures, especially during the hot summer months.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

Weekend Screens/ Weeks Movie gross/ Average in (Studio) Total release (millions) 1. RoboCop $6.3 1,585 2 (Orion) $18.7 $3,996 2. Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs $6.0 1,729 2 (Walt Disney) $19.7 $3,470 3. Summer School $6.0 1,366 1 (Paramount) $6.0 $4,392 4. Superman IV $5.7 1,511 1 (Cannon/Warner Bros.) $5.7 $3,772 5. La Bamba $5.6 1,251 1 (Columbia) $5.6 $4,483 * Jaws the Revenge $3.6 1,611 2 (Universal) $14.0 $2,210

Figures courtesy of Exhibitor Relations Co.

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