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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE : Murphy's 'Nights' Overtakes 'Talking'

November 21, 1989|DANIEL CERONE | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Eddie Murphy's "Harlem Nights" led a blockbuster weekend in which the Top 10 pictures grossed $52 million, up 48% for the same weekend last year. Paramount's "Harlem Nights" grossed $16 million on 2,180 screens. After four weeks in the No. 1 slot, Tri-Star's "Look Who's Talking" slipped a notch. Disney's animated "The Little Mermaid" opened strongly at $6 million, followed by Tri-Star's ensemble drama "Steel Magnolias" with $5.4 million on 480 screens. Don Bluth's "All Dogs Go to Heaven" (MGM/UA) finished No. 5 with $4.7 million.

* Orion's "Valmont," director Milos Forman's version of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," opened on seven screens for $96,008, a per-screen average of $13,715. Last year's "Dangerous Liaisons" averaged $28,150 on three screens over Christmas weekend.

Weekend Gross/ Screens/ Weeks in Movie (Studio) Total (millions) Average Release 1. "Harlem Nights" $16 2,180 1 (Paramount) $16 $7,384 2. "Look Who's Talking" $8.5 1,651 6 (Tri-Star) $120 $5,171 3. "The Little Mermaid" $6 994 1 (Disney) $6 $6,068 4. "Steel Magnolias" $5.4 480 1 (Tri-Star) $5.4 $11,303 5. "All Dogs Go to Heaven" $4.7 1,577 1 (MGM/UA) $4.7 $2,988 * "Valmont" $96,008 7 1 (Orion) $96,008 $13,715

SOURCE: Exhibitor Relations Co.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday November 23, 1989 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 4 Column 2 Entertainment Desk 1 inches; 27 words Type of Material: Correction
Box-office gross--The total accumulated gross for Tri-Star's film "Look Who's Talking" after five weeks of release is $85.1 million, not $120 million as reported Tuesday in Weekend Box Office.

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