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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE : 'Shoot' Leads Black Film Group

February 17, 1988|JACK MATHEWS | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

By some cosmic coincidence, three major studios opened films with black stars in the midst of Black History Month, and over the three-day weekend that celebrates, in part, the birth of the Great Emancipator himself, these pictures got off to fairly strong starts. Disney/Touchstone's "Shoot to Kill," a suspense/thriller starring Sidney Poitier, trailed only Touchstone's powerhouse, "Good Morning, Vietnam," on the weekend chart. Lorimar's violent "Action Jackson," starring Carl Weathers, out-grossed "Shoot to Kill" on a per-theater basis, but opened on 254 fewer screens. On Friday, several films--"Hope and Glory," "Cry Freedom," "Fatal Attraction" and "The Untouchables"--will be broadened or re-released to take advantage of expected Oscar nominations being announced today.

* Spike Lee's "School Daze," which features an all-black cast and uncompromising black issues, did well in its limited release into major urban markets, taking in an average of $6,787 in each of 223 theaters.

Weekend Gross/ Screens/ Weeks Movie (Studio) Total (millions) Average in Release 1. Good Morning, Vietnam $7.9 1,588 8 (Buena Vista) $62.3 $4,795 2. Shoot to Kill $5.0 1,503 1 (Buena Vista) $5.0 $3,327 3. Action Jackson $4.7 1,249 1 (Lorimar) $4.7 $3,763 4. Three Men and a Baby $4.4 1,728 12 (Buena Vista) $132.0 $2,546 5. Moonstruck $3.8 1,000 9 (MGM/UA) $30.7 $3,825 * School Daze $1.5 223 1 (Columbia) $1.5 $6,727

SOURCE: Exhibitor Relations Co.

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