United Artists' "Rain Man" has broken out of a comedy-packed holiday race to dominate the box office. The poignant story of a young wheeler-dealer (Tom Cruise) who discovers that he has an autistic brother (Dustin Hoffman) grossed $14.4 million at 1,254 theaters over the four-day weekend, an average of $11,448 per screen. Not bad, especially when compared to the results of the three-day New Year's weekend last year, when the Disney blockbuster "Three Men and a Baby" grossed $13.3 million. Meanwhile, two popular holiday comedies--Universal's "Twins" and Paramount's "Naked Gun"--continue strong showings.
* Orion's "Mississippi Burning," playing at only nine theaters, continues to hold strong, grossing $301,908, an average of $33,545 per screen. Since its release, the film has grossed $1.2 million.