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'Jerry' Ties With Slowing 'Michael' at Box Office

January 06, 1997|Associated Press

"Michael" and "Jerry Maguire" tied for first place at the box office over the weekend, each with $12.5 million in ticket sales, according to industry estimates Sunday.

"Michael," starring John Travolta as a seedy angel, was slumping, however. Its per-screen average has dropped by 28% in just two weeks. "Jerry Maguire," a romantic comedy with Tom Cruise as a sports agent, appears to have more staying power: Its average take per screen has gone down only 11% after a month in release.

Next in the weekend tally came the new Wes Craven slasher film "Scream," with a $10-million estimated gross, followed by "101 Dalmatians," with an estimated $7.4 million. Final figures are expected today.

The top 10 films and their estimated grosses for Friday through Sunday:

1. "Michael," $12.5 million (tie).

1. "Jerry Maguire," $12.5 million (tie).

3. "Scream," $10 million.

4. "101 Dalmatians," $7.4 million.

5. "One Fine Day," $6.8 million.

6. "Beavis and Butt-head Do America," $6 million.

7. "Ghosts of Mississippi," $5.3 million.

8. "The Preacher's Wife," $5.2 million.

9. "My Fellow Americans," $3.6 million (tie).

9. "Mars Attacks!" $3.6 million (tie).

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