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MORNING REPORT

Weekend Box Office

December 01, 1987|JACK MATHEWS and Figures courtesy of Exhibitor Relations co. | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

It is still Thanksgiving down on Dopey Drive in Burbank. Walt Disney Studios nearly cornered the movie going market over the four-day holiday with the number one and number two movies grossing more than $20 million between them. Disney's "Three Men and a Baby" jumped to the top spot with $13.9 million in 1,006 theaters, for a strong per screen average of $10,322. In its second week in release, the studio's re-issue of "Cinderella" grossed $7.2 million in 1,657 theaters. Paramount's "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," expected by many to be the Christmas movie to beat, had a strong weekend by normal standards--$10.1 million at 1,118 theaters--but its per screen average of $5,940 was far behind the pace of "Three Men and a Baby."

* "The Last Emperor" is showing early signs of being a huge hit for Columbia Pictures. The Bernardo Bertolucci film grossed $198,000 in six exclusive-run theaters for a per-screen average of a whopping $33,000.

Figures courtesy of Exhibitor Relations Co.

Weekend Screens/ Weeks Movie gross/ Average in (Studio) Total release (millions) 1. Three Men and a Baby $10.4 1,006 1 (Buena Vista) $13.9 $10,322 2. Cinderella $7.2 1,657 2 (Buena Vista) $14.7 $4,372 3. Planes, Trains & Automobiles $7.0 1,118 1 (Paramount) $10.1 $5,940 4. Fatal Attraction $5.5 1,398 11 (Paramount) $110 $3,986 5. The Running Man $5.4 1,694 3 (Tri-Star) $11.1 $3,166 * The Last Emperor $.198 6 2 (Columbia) $.497 $33,122

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