"Presumed Innocent," Warner Bros.' courtroom drama with Harrison Ford and Bonnie Bedelia, enjoyed opening weekend ticket sales of $11.6 million, which just edged out Paramount Pictures' romantic fantasy, "Ghost," for first place. With third weekend ticket sales of $11 million--only a 12% drop over the previous week--"Ghost" continues to hover as the summer sleeper, with grosses in excess of $51 million.
"Problem Child," a comedy Universal Pictures chose not to screen early for critics, had ticket sales of $10 million, which put it in third place over the weekend. Starring John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck as a yuppie couple who adopt a nightmarish 7-year-old, the film's release was heralded by one of the most talked-about trailers of the summer in which the youngster is shown wreaking havoc on everyone--including the family cat--to the musical backdrop of George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone."
Though it was ranked fourth, 20th Century Fox's "Die Hard 2"--like the spate of other heavy-artillery titles--has begun to plummet. Ticket sales of $5.9 million represented a drop of more than 40% from the previous week .
* Tri-Star Pictures' "The Freshman"--which did startling numbers during its first weekend of limited release--widened to more than 1,000 screens, where it earned $4.2 million. The quirky comedy, which teams Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick, had a per-screen average of $4,060--a modest figure that nonetheless tops the $2,813 per-screen average of the much-hyped "Die Hard 2."