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.