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Weekend Box Office

November 10, 1987|JOHN VOLAND | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

The rise of United Artists' "Baby Boom," coupled with the continuing strength of Paramount's "Fatal Attraction" (looking to be the year's biggest non-sequel) and the strong weekend debut of Fox's "Less Than Zero," indicates that affluent young adults, proto-yuppies aged 20-30 or so, are flocking into the theaters. That could mean vigilantes--even well-heeled ones like Charles Bronson in the latest "Death Wish" installment--don't quite fit this fall's bill. "Death Wish IV" finished sixth in its opening weekend, doing $2.5 million at 1,030 theaters.

* And then again, there's Mickey Rourke's cinematic re-enactment of writer Charles Bukowski's boozy, broke and battered younger days in "Barfly." The film, directed by Barbet Schroeder, is about as anti-yuppie as a contemporary high-profile major release could get. But it's doing strong business in a very limited national run.

Figures courtesy of Exhibitor Relations Co.

Weekend Screens/ Weeks Movie gross/ Average in (Studio) Total release (millions) 1. Fatal Attraction $7.1 1,351 8 (Paramount) $85.7 $5,247 2. Hello Again $5.7 1,201 1 (Touchstone) $5.7 $4,757 3. Baby Boom $3.1 874 5 (United Artists) $12.7 $3,492 4. Less Than Zero $3.0 871 1 (20th Century Fox) $ . $3,455 5. Suspect $2.6 1,029 4 (Tri-Star) $11.5 $2,544 * Barfly $.150 11 3 (Cannon) $.337 $13,660

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