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Weekend Box Office : Grand Opening for 'Age of Innocence'

September 21, 1993|TERRY PRISTIN

"Striking Distance," a new and apparently critic-proof action picture starring Bruce Willis as a maverick cop on the trail of a serial killer, outran "The Fugitive," pushing the Harrison Ford thriller out of first place for the first time in seven weeks. But the big story of the weekend was the astonishing performance of Martin Scorsese's lush period drama, "The Age of Innocence," which in limited release scored huge per-screen averages in all geographic regions. The film, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer, will spread to 500 screens next weekend. Though not exactly stillborn, "Airborne," a new Warner Bros. release about Rollerblading, was off to an unsteady start with a $1.3-million gross.

Weekend Gross/ Screens/ Weeks in Movie (Studio) Total (millions) Average Release 1. "Striking Distance" $8.7 1,889 1 (Columbia) $8.7 $4,609 2. "The Fugitive" $7.1 2,332 7 (Warners) $154.3 $3,063 3. "Undercover Blues" $2.9 1,596 2 (MGM) $8.5 $1,826 4. "True Romance" $2.6 1,254 2 (Warners) $8.2 $2,097 5. "Man Without a Face" $2.3 1,332 4 (Warners) $19.5 $1,742 6. "The Age of Innocence" $2.3 83 1 (Columbia) $2.3 $27,919 7. "Jurassic Park" $2.0 1,225 15 (Universal) $322.1 $1,690 8. "Sleepless in Seattle" $1.4 1,164 13 TriStar) $116.9 $1,227 9. "Into the West" $1.4 550 1 (Miramax) $1.4 $2,564 10. "The Real McCoy" $1.4 1,672 1 (Universal) $1.4 $825 * "Joy Luck Club" $266,652 7 2 (Buena Vista) $632,743 $38,093

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday September 22, 1993 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 5 Column 6 Entertainment Desk 2 inches; 39 words Type of Material: Correction
Movies-- "The Real McCoy" has been playing for two weeks. The amount of time was incorrectly stated in the Weekend Box Office report in Tuesday's Calendar. Also, a separate item in Tuesday's Calendar incorrectly stated the studio that released "The Fugitive." It is Warner Bros.

* It was an auspicious second weekend for "The Joy Luck Club," the inter-generational family epic based on Amy Tan's best-selling novel, which had the highest per-screen average of any film. Now playing in exclusive engagements in seven cities, the film will go wider in four markets next weekend and travel to an additional 10 cities.

SOURCE: Exhibitor Relations Co.

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