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'Ghost' Hovers Behind No. 1 'Presumed Innocent' : WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

MORNING REPORT

July 31, 1990|Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

"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."

Movie Weekend Screens/ Weeks in Total (Studio) Gross Average Release Gross 1."Presumed Innocent" $11.6 1,349 1 $11.6 (Warner Bros.) Million $8,655 Million 2."Ghost" $11 1,694 3 $51.3 (Paramount) Million $6,538 Million 3."Problem Child" $10 1,714 1 $10 (Universal) Million $5,840 Million 4."Arachnophobia" $8.1 1,831 3 $23.8 (Buena Vista) Million $4,458 Million 5."Die Hard 2" $5.9 2,116 4 $87.7 (Fox) Million $2,813 Million *"The Freshman" $4.6 1,040 2 $4.6 (Tri-Star) Million $4,060 Million

SOURCES: Exhibitor Relations Co.

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