Flush with four Oscars, Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" came roaring back at the box office. The film, which opened 35 weeks ago in wide release, had trickled down to playing in a few hundred theaters. But over the weekend, distributor Warner Bros. doubled the number of theaters and the result, thanks to the Oscar publicity, was three times the gross of the previous weekend. The Western's total U.S. and Canadian gross is now $86 million.
The Burt Reynolds comedy "Cop and a Half" opened to good, but not especially rousing, business during a weekend that saw overall ticket sales drop. Business, however, is expected to expand during the spring break holiday period this week and next.