It was an action-packed Easter weekend at movie box offices with Martin Lawrence and Will Smith in "Bad Boys" holding the No. 1 spot and "Rob Roy" No. 2.
Newly opening films drew smaller crowds, with Pauly Shore's comedy, "Jury Duty," making the strongest showing despite poor reviews. "Stuart Saves His Family" and "The Pebble and the Penguin" were nothing short of disastrous.
Columbia Pictures' action-comedy "Bad Boys," which posted the best opening numbers of 1995 in its debut a week earlier, held strongly with $10.8 million on 2,132 screens in early estimates, but the figure could top $11 million if Sunday business proves strong, according to industry sources. Regardless, "Bad Boys" is already one of the spring winners. In 10 days it has collected $32.3 million at the box office.
MGM/UA was reaping dividends from moving the period-adventure "Rob Roy" into theaters ahead of the summer crush, beating potential competition from Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" and Sean Connery's "First Knight." The period-adventure flick, in its first weekend of national release following a week of limited showing, took in a respectable $7.7 million on 1,521 screens, good for $5,100 per theater.
"Rob Roy's" 10-day total is $11.7 million, and MGM is clearly hoping Liam Neeson in kilts will have strong enough legs to carry the film through Memorial Day.
In another apparent case of good timing, Disney's animated "A Goofy Movie" was proving itself an Easter recess answer to a parent's prayer. Its second weekend held very well with $5.5 million on 2,176 screens for a 10-day total of $14.3 million. However, that left few tykes for the animated "The Pebble and the Penguin," which didn't crack the Top 10 with $1.24 million on 1,315 screens.
While less popular with critics, Shore was able to summon his fans to "Jury Duty," garnering $5 million on 2,169 screens and $6.5 million in its first five days of release.
"Tommy Boy" was strong for the third weekend in a row with $4.3 million and $22.5 million so far. In sixth place was Johnny Depp in the oddball romance "Don Juan De Marco," which on 1,200 screens held well with a projected $3.7 million for almost $10 million in two weeks.
Rounding out the Top 10 were "Circle of Friends," neck and neck with "Outbreak" at $2.7 million, "Dolores Claiborne" with $2 million and "Major Payne" at $1.9 million.
The limited release of "Stuart Saves His Family" on 400 screens drew an unfunny $350,000.