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Weekend Box Office : 'Terminator 2' Surrenders Top Spot

August 06, 1991|DANIEL CERONE

The fly-boy spoof "Hot Shots!" cooled off the breakneck pace of "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" in theaters over the weekend with ticket sales of $10.8 million on 1,929 screens. "T2," which slipped 23% from the previous weekend, has led the summer box office since its release five weeks ago, grossing a total of $147.7 million. Michael J. Fox's new fish-out-of-water comedy, "Doc Hollywood," finished at No. 3 with a strong $7.2 million. Two other new releases--"Body Parts" and the sequel "Return to the Blue Lagoon"--both opened weakly at No. 8 and No. 16, respectively. Such recent lifeless openings have caused movie analysts to predict that this summer, after a strong early showing, will not meet 1990's $1.86-billion mark.

* "The Doctor," starring William Hurt and directed by Randa Haines, expanded from six to 150 screens over the weekend. The critically acclaimed drama grossed $2.2 million for a per-screen average of $14,730, more than twice as much as any other release.

Weekend Gross/ Screens/ Weeks in Movie (Studio) Total (millions) Average Release 1. "Hot Shots!" $10.8 1,929 1 (Fox) $14.8 $5,624 2. "Terminator 2" $8.6 2,495 5 (Tri-Star) $147.7 $5,744 3. "Doc Hollywood" $7.2 1,575 1 (Warner Bros.) $7.2 $4,604 4. "Boyz N the Hood" $3.6 881 4 (Columbia) $37 $4,121 5. "101 Dalmatians" $3.6 1,801 4 (Disney) $42.2 $2,009 * "The Doctor" $2.2 150 2 (Touchstone) $2.5 $14,370

SOURCE: Exhibitor Relations Co.

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