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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

'The Rock' Adds to the Sizzle

June 11, 1996|ROBERT W. WELKOS

Summer action films continue to sizzle at the box office. The latest is "The Rock," starring Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris, which took in $25 million in ticket sales over the weekend to take first place.

The film thus becomes the largest live-action movie ever released by the Walt Disney Co., eclipsing "Dick Tracy," which grossed $22.5 million during its opening weekend in June 1990. It also handily beat out Disney's submarine thriller in May of last year, "Crimson Tide," which grossed $18.6 million at the box office.

"Mission: Impossible," the Paramount Pictures spy thriller based on the old television series, took in $14.7 million, for second place and a total of nearly $131 million after three weeks in release. Meanwhile, "Twister" from Warner Bros./Universal Pictures, grossed almost $12 million on its fifth weekend for a total to date of $187 million.

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Weekend Gross/ Screens/ Weeks in Movie (Studio) Total (millions) Average Release 1. "The Rock" $25 2,392 1 (Disney/Hollywood) $25 $10,469 2. "Mission: Impossible" $14.7 3,012 3 (Paramount) $130.8 $4,868 3. "Twister" $11.9 2,808 5 (Warner Bros.) $187.3 $4,244 4. "Dragonheart" $7.6 2,133 2 (Universal) $27.5 $3,580 5. "Eddie" $5.5 2,000 2 (Disney/Hollywood) $16.4 $2,736 6. "The Phantom" $5.1 2,159 1 (Paramount) $5.1 $2,349 7. "Spy Hard" $2.5 2,051 3 (Disney/Hollywood) $21.1 $1,208 8. "The Arrival" $2.2 1,693 2 (Orion) $8.9 $1,299 9. "Flipper" $1.2 1,567 4 (Universal) $15.3 $795 10. "The Truth About Cats & Dogs" $760,798 721 7 (Fox) $31 $980

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SOURCE: Exhibitor Relations Co.

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