Propelled by the $38.5-million liftoff of Universal's "Apollo 13," the Fourth of July stretch proved to be the biggest moviegoing weekend ever.
With about $154 million in receipts, the box-office take surpassed the five-day record established over Thanksgiving, 1992, when "Home Alone 2," "Aladdin" and "The Bodyguard" led the pack.
Following "Apollo," which scored an impressive $17,510 per screen, were Disney's "Pocahontas," with a $23.4-million five-day total, and "Batman Forever," which took in $21.8 million. "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie," from 20th Century Fox, opened at No. 4 with $17 million, edging "Judge Dredd," a futuristic action-adventure picture from Disney's Hollywood Pictures starring Sylvester Stallone, which grossed $16.7 million.
Rounding out the Top 10 were "Congo," "The Bridges of Madison County," "Casper," "Braveheart" and "Die Hard With a Vengeance."
"Usually one or two pictures dominate, but this year there was a particularly strong mix," said John Krier, president of Exhibitor Relations, an L.A.-based firm that tracks box office. " 'Apollo' did well, 'Batman Forever' and 'Pocahontas' held strong . . . and though you might have hoped to see 'Mighty Morphins' and 'Dredd' do more, their performance was respectable considering that they were up against some powerhouses. The pie is only so big."