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Weekend Box Office

December 29, 1987|JACK MATHEWS | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Dirty diapers, dirty language and dirty tricks. For Christmas revelers cooling out over the weekend in America's movie theaters, these were a few of their favorite things. Disney/Touchstone's 'Three Men and a Baby" reasserted itself as the nation's most popular holiday movie, adding $10.3 million to a booty that now stands at almost $60 million. Eddie Murphy's decidedly "Raw" took in a big second weekend gross of $8.6 million, while Orion's black comedy sleeper "Throw Momma From the Train" bumped its payload by another $6.8 million, running its 17-day total to a $25.1 million. (Now we know why Orion didn't save this movie for Mother's Day.) "Broadcast News" rode its consensus of rave reviews to a hot opening weekend of $5.5 million in 677 theaters, a per screen average of $8,124.

* "Good Morning, Vietnam," which features a warp speed star turn by Robin Williams as a manic army deejay in 1966 Saigon, played to what must have been packed houses in its exclusive opening weekend, averaging $48,219 at each of four theaters.

Figures courtesy of Exhibitor Relations Co.

Weekend Screens/ Weeks Movie gross/ Average in (Studio) Total release (millions) 1. Three Men and a Baby $10.3 1,804 5 (Buena Vista) $59.5 $5,712 2. Raw $8.6 1,494 2 (Paramount) $22.1 $5,759 3. Throw Momma From The Train $6.8 1,618 3 (Orion) $25.1 $4,178 4. Broadcast News $5.5 677 2 (20th Century Fox) $5.9 $8,050 5. Wall Street $4.4 987 3 (20th Century Fox) $14.7 $4,466 * Good Morning, Vietnam $.194 4 1 (Buena Vista) $.194 $48,219

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