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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE : 'Sleeping,' 'L.A.' Knock 'Home' Out

February 12, 1991|PAT H. BROESKE | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

The bad news for 20th Century Fox is that after 11 weeks, its blockbuster hit "Home Alone" has been knocked out of first place in the box-office standings. The good news for Fox is that it was one of its own pictures--"Sleeping With the Enemy"--that did it. "Sleeping," a thriller starring Julia Roberts as an abused wife on the lam from her sociopath husband, grossed $13.8 million, setting the record for a February opening. The Steve Martin comedy "L.A. Story" also slipped past "Home Alone," with opening weekend business of $6.6 million. "Home Alone's" $6 million gave Fox nearly a $20-million weekend.

* Debuting on two screens in Los Angeles and San Francisco, "Heaven and Earth," a costly Japanese-made samurai epic, earned $26,628. Directed by film executive and leading publisher Haruki Kadokawa, it will widen to New York on March 1.

Movie Weekend Screens/ Weeks in Total (Studio) Gross Average Release Gross 1. "Sleeping With the Enemy" $13.8 1,406 1 $13.8 (20th Century-Fox) Million $9,799 Million 2. "L.A. Story" $6.6 1,091 1 $6.6 (Tri-Star Pictures) Million $6,065 Million 3. "Home Alone" $6.0 1,986 13 $221.1 (20th Century-Fox) Million $3,022 Million 4. "Neverending Story II" $4.9 1,188 1 $4.9 (Warner Bros.) Million $4,135 Million 5. "Dances With Wolves" $3.9 1,548 14 $103.9 (Orion Pictures) Million $2,523 Million * "Heaven and Earth" $26,628 2 1 $26,628 (Triton Pictures) $13,314

SOURCES: Exhibitor Relations Co.

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