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.
November 7, 1994 |
The Scene: While her well-known mentor Steven Spielberg is usually the one on the receiving end of tributes, tables were turned when Steven Spielberg presented producer Kathleen Kennedy--as in "E.T.," "The Color Purple," "Back to the Future" I, II and III, "Jurassic Park," and "Schindler's List"--with the Big Sisters Guild of Los Angeles Sterling Award on Friday night at the Beverly Hilton. No one doubted the 41-year-old powerhouse would make an inspiring role model.
September 24, 1996 |
Could it be that being middle-aged and female has become a Hollywood box-office asset? Judging from the runaway success of Paramount's "The First Wives Club"--which shattered box-office doldrums this weekend by taking in a record-breaking $18.9 million--things may be turning around for a demographic that has been noticeably absent from the screen.
February 21, 1995 |
After being nearly unconscious for several weeks, U.S. box-office receipts were resuscitated somewhat over the Presidents' Day weekend, thanks largely to a family named Brady. Based on the 1970s TV series about a family so preternaturally happy as to make the "Father Knows Best" clan look like characters out of Ibsen, "The Brady Bunch Movie" bounded into the '90s with somewhere between $14.5 million and $15 million in its first four days on 1,822 screens.
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.