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Weekend Box Office : 'Mobsters' Is the Only Solid Opener

July 30, 1991|DAVID J. FOX

Except for "Mobsters," starring a quartet of young heartthrobs, none of the other new films opening over the weekend made a dent at the box-office. "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" kept its strong arm on first place for the fourth week--its ticket sales taking only an expected 27% drop. "Mobsters" collected a soft $6 million in its debut weekend, while "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" took a grim 48% drop. "Boyz N the Hood" continued strong with the highest per-screen average of the Top Five films.

Among new movies: "The Doctor," starring William Hurt, did a healthy $165,000 on only six screens. New movies in wide release fared poorly, however: Kathleen Turner's "V.I. Warshawski" in 11th place, $3.6 million on 1,133 screens; Mel Brooks' "Life Stinks," in 12th place, $1.9 million on 865 screens; and the Richard Pryor-Gene Wilder comedy "Another You," in 13th place, $1.5 million on 1,286 screens

Weekend Gross/ Screens/ Weeks in Movie (Studio) Total (millions) Average Release 1. "Terminator 2" $11 2,445 4 (Tri-Star) $134 $4,520 2. "Mobsters" $6 1,441 1 (Universal) $6 $4,185 3. "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" $5.3 1,649 2 (Orion) $18 $3,214 4. "101 Dalmatians" $5.3 1,819 3 (Disney) $35 $2,900 5. "Boyz N the Hood" $4.7 917 3 (Columbia) $31 $5,170

SOURCE: Exhibitor Relations Co. and industry estimates.

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