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Caped Crusader Keeps Flying

July 04, 1989|JACK MATHEWS | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

"Batman" added another record to its box office string, becoming the first movie to hit the $100-million mark in just 10 days. The movie took in another $30.1 million during its second weekend to dwarf the competition. Disney's "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" continued its fast pace, with a second weekend gross of $13.1 million, and Columbia's "The Karate Kid Part III" did an estimated $10.4 million. Some of the weekend figures are estimated here because much of the film industry took July 4 Eve off. Orion Pictures' "Great Balls of Fire" opened to a very disappointing weekend gross of $3.8 million in 1,417 theaters, a per screen average of about $2,700.

* Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" benefited from a month of controversy and opened strong across the country, taking in $3.6 million from just 352 theaters, for a hefty $10,095 per screen average.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

Weekend Gross/ Screens/ Weeks Movie (Studio) Total (millions) Average in Release 1."Batman" $30.1 2,194 2 (Warner Bros.) $100.2 $13,708 2."Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" $13.1 1,431 2 (Disney) $38 $9,161 3."Karate Kid III" $10.4 1,560 1 (Columbia) $10.4 $6,670 4."Ghostbusters II" $9 2,410 3 (Columbia) $74.5 $3,737 5."Indiana Jones" $7.1 2,103 6 (Paramount) $147.3 $3,371 *"Do the Right Thing" $3.8 352 1 (Universal) $3.8 $10,095

SOURCE: Exhibitor Relations Co

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