Twentieth Century Fox's "Die Hard 2" continued to pace the nation's movie box office attendance with second weekend grosses of $14.5 million, but it was the performance of Paramount Pictures' romantic fantasy, "Ghost," that got most of the industry's attention.
"Ghost," which stars Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore as a couple so in love that death can't even do them part, took in $12.1 million at 1,101 screens. The film averaged $11,073 per screen, the second highest opening weekend average of the summer, and showed that audiences are ready for a little counterprogramming in a summer jammed with action.
By comparison, both Fox's "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane," starring controversial Andrew Dice Clay as a "rock 'n' roll detective" and Warner Bros.' Bill Murray comedy, "Quick Change," had disappointing debuts. "Fairlane" had ticket sales of $6.3 million at 1,245 screens, for a $5,120 per-screen average and fifth place. "Quick Change" earned $4.7 million at 1,595 screens, for a weak per-screen average of $2,947 and seventh place.
Meanwhile, Paramount's racing drama "Days of Thunder" dropped another 24% in its third weekend. "Thunder," a love story about a stock car racer (Tom Cruise) and the neurosurgeon (Nicole Kidman) who treats him for a head injury, had ticket sales of $8.1 million.