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The Times Film Index

Summer Of 1993's Top 20 Films

September 07, 1993

Labor Day weekend box office grosses will not be released until today. Here's how the top summer movies of 1993 performed. Box office figures in millions of dollars:

Release Weeks in Box Rank Film Distributor date release office* 1 Jurassic Park Universal June 11 12 $312.5 2 The Firm Paramount June 30 9 147.7 3 The Fugitive Warner Bros. Aug. 6 4 116.4 4 Sleepless in Seattle Tristar June 25 10 110.0 5 In the Line of Fire Columbia July 9 8 94.7 6 Cliffhanger Tristar May 28 14 82.1 7 Free Willy Warner Bros. July 16 7 64.1 8 Dave Warner Bros. May 7 17 63.1 9 Rising Sun Fox July 30 5 53.8 10 Last Action Hero Columbia June 18 11 49.7 11 Dennis the Menace Warner Bros. June 25 10 49.3 12 Rookie of the Year Fox July 7 8 48.1 13 Made in America Warner Bros. May 28 14 44.5 14 Snow White Buena Vista July 2 9 38.6 15 What's Love Got to Do With It Buena Vista June 9 12 37.3 16 Hocus Pocus Buena Vista July 16 7 34.3 17 Son-in-Law Buena Vista July 2 9 32.3 18 Robin Hood: Men in Tights Fox July 28 5 31.3 19 Poetic Justice Columbia July 23 6 27.5 20 Menace II Society New Line May 26 14 26.9

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday September 8, 1993 Home Edition Business Page 2 Column 6 Financial Desk 2 inches; 39 words Type of Material: Correction
Film Index--Due to an editing error, the Times Film Index in Tuesday's Company Town pages did not include the precise dates covered in the chart. The summer play period covered was May 28, 1993, through Sept. 2, 1993. The play period gross for "Dave" should have been $31.3 million.

* Distributors receive roughly half of box office revenue, on average.

Source: Entertainment Data Inc.

Coming Attractions: 'The Joy Luck Club'

* Distributor: Buena Vista

* Release date: Wednesday in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York

* Production cost: $11 million

* Cast: Tsai Chin, Kieu Chinh, Lisa Lu, France Nuyen, Rosalind Chao

* Director: Wayne Wang

* Synopsis: An emotional exploration of mother-daughter relationships. Drama. Rated R.

* Prognosis: Tough marketing challenge. But the film could benefit from the enormous popularity of the Amy Tan novel, plus strong word of mouth.

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