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August 3, 1995 |
Being blind accounts for Helen Harris' unusual vision for the movie industry. In her mind, she sees thousands of other sightless people sitting in theaters, enjoying the latest films by listening to a running account of the on-screen action through headphones. That explains why two stars from the 1948 movie classic "Little Women" were back on the old MGM lot in Culver City on Wednesday dubbing a new soundtrack for the 1994 remake of the Louisa May Alcott story.
July 6, 1992 |
Fending off an assault by two insurgents, "Batman Returns" was expected to hold onto its first-place box office position over the Fourth of July weekend, edging out new releases, "A League of Their Own" and "Boomerang," and doing an estimated $14.6 million business nationwide.
June 9, 1992 |
Harrison Ford and the espionage thriller "Patriot Games" powered box-office grosses to a fourth consecutive big weekend, and some film industry observers predict that this summer may equal or actually exceed the record summer of 1989, when the original "Batman" was released. "Patriot Games" provided the audience for action movies with a fresh attraction in a market that has been dominated lately by "Lethal Weapon 3" and, to a lesser extent, "Alien 3," both of which have peaked at the box office.
June 12, 1995 |
"Congo," the adaptation of Michael Crichton's gorilla novel from Paramount, surprised industry naysayers and kicked the early summer box office into overdrive with a chest-pounding first weekend estimate of $25.2 million. The movie pawed its way past overwhelmingly negative reviews, apparently luring every available young male (12- to 25-year-olds) as well as strong inner-city attendance, for the best debut numbers since "Interview With the Vampire" last November.
December 26, 1990 |
Francis Coppola's "The Godfather Part III" opened Tuesday with an all-time Christmas Day record. The long-awaited sequel had ticket sales of approximately $6.3 million on 1,800 screens, for a per-screen-average of $3,461. At press time, based on the film's single-day performance, it tied for third place in the top 10. Ticket sales of $6.
July 2, 1993 |
"Jurassic Park" continues to break all kinds of box-office records, but now comes the legal drama of "The Firm," starring Tom Cruise, and it's making its case with a $7.2-million opening day on Wednesday. And if the pace continues, it could push the Steven Spielberg dinosaur horror movie into second place among the top grossing movies for the long Fourth of July holiday weekend. Paramount Pictures reported on Thursday that the $7.
September 18, 1986 |
The newly appointed vice president of production at a major studio was feeling his oats. The promotion had elevated his confidence, and one of his first calls was to a veteran agent at the William Morris Agency to ask for a private meeting with a top movie star. Informed that the star would not meet with him, the exasperated VP railed, "Don't VP stripes count for anything any more?" The agent responded quickly and definitively: "No." He may be right.
April 13, 1993 |
It's not unusual when audiences embrace a film that's been critically trashed, but the case of Paramount Pictures' "Indecent Proposal" is one of notable extremes. A good number of critics really hated it, their knives drawn and razor-sharp. But the public really liked it--or at least went to see it in droves to the tune of $18.3 million over the Friday-to-Sunday weekend. The amount was the biggest for any opening weekend so far this year.
August 1, 1994 |
"It was a marketing department's dream," New Line Cinema's marketing boss Mitchell Goldman said Sunday as he projected a No. 1 finish and a huge $23.5-million opening weekend box-office tally for his company's comedy-action release, "The Mask." "I mean, look what we had to work with: Jim Carrey, hot off his 'Ace Ventura' smash-hit film, and special effects by ILM (Industrial Light & Magic)."
December 25, 1995 |
"Waiting to Exhale," the story of four African American women searching for Mr. Right, is a surprise contender for the top spot in the box-office competition over the four-day holiday weekend. Estimated projections show the 20th Century Fox film grossing between $11 million and $14 million, and running neck-and-neck with Disney's computer-animated "Toy Story"--a movie tailor-made for the Christmas season that is generating heavy repeat business.