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No Competition for No. 1 'Titanic'

Weekend Box Office

March 03, 1998|ROBERT W. WELKOS

Hollywood is still looking for the film that can bump "Titanic" from its No. 1 perch.

The films that debuted over the weekend all had lackluster to dismal business at the box office.

The new film with the biggest weekend opening was "Dark City," directed by Alex Proyas, whose tragedy marred 1994 cult film "The Crow," snared a wide following.

"Krippendorf's Tribe," a comedy about an anthropologist who persuades his kids to pose as members of an "undiscovered" tribe from New Guinea, fared even worse, coming in at No. 7.

"Kissing a Fool," a romantic comedy starring David Schwimmer, didn't even crack the Top 10. In fact, it was beaten out by "Caught Up," even though "Kissing a Fool" was out on more than twice as many screens.

Meanwhile, "The Real Blonde" took in $83,488 on 10 screens while "An Alan Smithee Film Burn Hollywood Burn," Joe Eszterhas' satire on the movie business, took in $28,992 on 19 screens.

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Weekend Box Office

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Four-day gross/ Screens/ Weeks in Movie (Studio) Total (millions) Average Release 1. "Titanic" $19.6 3,035 11 (Paramount/Fox) $427.0 $6,469 2. "The Wedding Singer" $8.7 2,826 3 (New Line) $48.8 $3,086 3. "Good Will Hunting" $6.6 2,203 13 (Miramax) $96.4 $3,013 4. "Dark City" $5.6 1,754 1 (New Line) $5.6 $3,180 5. "As Good as It Gets" $4.1 1,831 10 (Sony/TriStar) $112.9 $2,216 6. "Sphere" $3.8 2,238 3 (Warner Bros.) $32.5 $1,702 7. "Krippendorf's Tribe" $3.3 1,529 1 (Disney/Touchstone) $3.3 $2,169 8. "The Borrowers" $2.8 1,606 3 (PolyGram) $14.5 $1,763 9. "Senseless" $2.78 1,850 2 (Dimension) $9.2 $1,506 10. "Caught Up" $2.4 713 1 (Live Entertainment) $2.4 $3,397 * "Kissing a Fool" $2.3 1,742 1 (Universal) $2.3 $1,325 ** "The Real Blonde" $83,488 10 1 (Paramount) $83,488 $8,349 *** "An Alan Smithee Film" $28,992 19 1 (Disney/Hollywood) $28,992 $1,526

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SOURCE: Exhibitor Relations Co.

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