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'Exorcist III' a Hit With Moviegoers

August 21, 1990|DAVID J. FOX | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

"The Exorcist III," which distributor 20th Century Fox kept from the hands of critics by not scheduling any screenings before Friday's opening, topped the weekend box-office derby. The third installment of the supernatural thriller series summoned up a healthy $9.3 million at 1,288 screens over the Friday-Saturday-Sunday period. But limiting advance screenings didn't seem to help Warner Bros.' "My Blue Heaven." The film came in a disappointing fourth with $6.2 million on 1,859 screens. The sequel to "Chinatown," Jack Nicholson's "The Two Jakes," dropped off the Top 10 list in only its second week. It took in only about $1.8 million.

* David Lynch's "Wild at Heart" came in at 10th place with an estimated $2.9 million in a much smaller release at 523 screens.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

Movie Weekend Screens/ Weeks in Total (Studio) Gross Average Release Gross 1. "Exorcist III" $9.3 1,288 1 $9.3 (20th Century Fox) Million $7,230 Million 2. "Ghost" $8.3 1,766 6 $99.1 (Paramount) Million $4,736 Million 3. "Flatliners" $7 1,424 2 $23 (Columbia) Million $4,956 Million 4. "My Blue Heaven" $6.2 1,859 1 $6.2 (Warner Bros.) Million $3,339 Million 5. "Presumed Innocent" $6.1 1,423 4 $51.8 (Warner Bros.) Million $4,288 Million * "Wild at Heart" $2.9 532 1 $2.9 (Goldwyn) Million $5,477 Million

SOURCES: Exhibitor Relations Co.

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