January 25, 1994 |
Despite the bad weather in the East and the earthquake in Southern California, ticket sales were 13% ahead of the same weekend a year ago. In many instances, the cold weather motivated people to go out to the movies and escape cabin fever. The intersection of Richard Gere and Sharon Stone turned out to be no problem for "Philadelphia" and the intrepid "Mrs. Doubtfire" to pass through.
April 25, 1993 |
The leader of Victoria state celebrated a landslide election victory last year by selling commemorative bottles of wine from his office. Now police say charges will be filed against him for not having a license to sell alcohol. If convicted, Victoria state Premier Jeff Kennett could be sentenced to 12 months in prison and fined $3,500. He would not have to leave office if found guilty, but could be pressured to resign.
January 20, 1993 |
A three-story office building in Santa Ana sold last week for just $32 a square foot, one of the lowest prices paid for premium office space in central Orange County in years. HUIS (USA) Ltd., a construction and design company that is based in Hong Kong and has its U.S. headquarters in Pasadena, bought the 42,744-square-foot building at 230 Golden Circle Drive for $1.38 million from the Resolution Trust Corp., the federal agency charged with selling the assets of troubled thrifts.
October 20, 1992 |
In the banter of Hollywood, it was easy to dismiss Steven Seagal's current hit "Under Siege" even before it opened. Cynics called it " 'Die Hard' on a boat." The allusion was to the action hits starring Bruce Willis that have been notable for their spectacular effects and explosions on land. But in "Under Siege," the action is transferred to a Navy battleship carrying nuclear weapons that comes under attack by a group of American terrorists.
March 24, 1992 |
"Basic Instinct," "Wayne's World" and "My Cousin Vinny" powered the box office to its highest level in weeks, but overall it still lags behind last year. "Basic Instinct" pushed "Wayne's World" out of the first-place position after five weeks there. "Vinny," starring Joe Pesci, showed staying power, while "Lawnmower Man" business dropped about 30%. * Woody Allen's "Shadows and Fog" and a multistar comedy, "Noises Off," opened to so-so business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1991 |
The city's plan to sell a $3.35-million office complex it owns has fallen through after a staff review that raised problems concerning the prospective buyer. On Tuesday, the City Council voted unanimously to cancel the proposed sale of a two-story office building at 24800 Chrisanta Drive after it heard the results of a background check by city staff members on J.B. Financial, which has offices in Mission Viejo.
January 14, 1991 |
Video game revenue may surpass motion picture revenue as early as this year, game maker Nintendo says. Movie ticket sales in the United States fell from $5.03 billion in 1989 to $5.02 billion in 1990. At the same time, Nintendo said, the video game industry grew from $3.4 billion to $4 billion. Nintendo, a key participant in the Consumer Electronics show that closed Sunday, is projecting $4.7 billion in industry sales this year.
December 12, 1990 |
Romance-mystery "Ghost," an unlikely hit in a year peppered with action-adventure films, has passed the $200-million mark in box-office sales, Paramount Pictures said Tuesday. "Ghost," which was released in July, has become the 11th-highest grossing film of all time at the domestic box office. As of Monday, its ticket sales had totaled $200,034,574.
March 9, 1989 |
Get out the sleeping bags. The Music Center plaza may well become the site of "Camp Phantom" in the wee hours of March 20. That's the day when the box office for "The Phantom of the Opera" will finally open--at 7 a.m. All "Phantom" tickets for performances from Sept. 12 through Nov. 26 will go on sale that day. Orchestra seats for May 18 through Sept.