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Weekend Box Office : 'Tess' Tops 'Jack,' 'Ace' and 'Angie'

March 15, 1994|DAVID J. FOX

"Guarding Tess," a comedy pairing Shirley MacLaine and Nicolas Cage, scored the best of the three new arrivals at the box office during the weekend, beating the Paul Hogan comedy "Lightning Jack." Business was softer for the third of the bunch, "The Ref," with Denis Leary, Judy Davis and Kevin Spacey.

And just when you thought you had waved bye-bye to the long-running "Mrs. Doubtfire," starring Robin Williams, the movie pops back on the Top 10, after falling off only a week earlier.

Weekend Gross/ Screens/ Weeks in Movie (Studio) Total (millions) Average Release 1. "Guarding Tess" $7.1 1,601 1 (TriStar) $7.1 $4,413 2. "Lightning Jack" $5.4 1,710 1 (Savoy) $5.4 $3,159 3. "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" $4.1 1,810 6 (Warner Bros.) $58 $2,277 4. "The Ref" $3 701 1 (Touchstone) $3 $4,343 5. "Schindler's List" $2.8 803 13 (Universal) $54.3 $3,540 6. "On Deadly Ground" $2.7 1,860 4 (Warner Bros.) $31.7 $1,448 7. "Greedy" $2.6 1,732 2 (Universal) $8.7 $1,520 9. "Mrs. Doubtfire" $2.3 1,456 16 (20th Century Fox) $203.6 $1,594 8. "Angie" $2.2 1,169 2 (Hollywood) $6 $1,922 10. "Sugar Hill" $2.1 780 3 (20th Century Fox) $13.6 $2,725 * "Four Weddings and a Funeral" $138,486 5 1 (Gramercy Pictures) $176,000 $27,697

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday March 16, 1994 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 9 Column 2 Entertainment Desk 2 inches; 53 words Type of Material: Correction
Box office-- New Line Cinema's "8 Seconds" finished in 10th place in the weekend box-office results, bumping 20th Century Fox's "Sugar Hill" from that position. New Line updated the box-office figures that appeared Monday after Calendar's deadline. "8 Seconds" grossed $2.15 million, beating "Sugar Hill's" $2.12 million, for a total after three weekends of $9.7 million.

* The romantic comedy "Four Weddings and a Funeral," with Hugh Grant, debuted to strong numbers on five screens. Less impressive was the performance of Warner Bros.' limited release "The Hudsucker Proxy," a comedic look at corporate greed from filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen. On five screens, it grossed $104,500, averaging $20,898 a screen.

SOURCE: Exhibitor Relations Co.

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