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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE : ‘Fugitives’ Takes the Money and Runs

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Disney’s Touchstone division came on strong over the weekend, capturing both the second and third spots. “Three Fugitives,” starring Nick Nolte and Martin Short, had an unremarkable, though respectable, opening, grossing $6.4 million at 1,153 screens, a per-screen average of $5,581. “Beaches” gained 2% from the previous week, grossing $4.9 million at 1,097 theaters, an average of $4,503 per screen. MGM/UA’s “Rain Man” continues to hold on strong, dropping only 3% from the previous week. Next weekend, theaters owners will get an opportunity to see how much the film’s two Golden Globe awards--for best picture and best actor (Dustin Hoffman)--can boost ticket receipts.

* Columbia’s “Physical Evidence,” with Burt Reynolds and Theresa Russell, grossed $1.7 million at 691 theaters, a per-screen average of $2,572.

Weekend Gross/ Screens/ Weeks Movie (Studio) Total (millions) Average in Release 1. “Rain Man” $6.8 1,563 7 (MGM/UA) $88.8 $4,370 2. “Three Fugitives” $6.4 1,153 1 (Disney/Touchstone) $6.4 $5,581 3. “Beaches” $4.9 1,097 6 (Disney/Touchstone) $20.1 $4,503 4. “Twins” $4.8 1,659 8 (Universal) $86.5 $2,895 5. “Mississippi Burning” $3.5 1,058 8 (Orion) $14.7 $3,350 * “Physical Evidence” $1.8 691 1 (Columbia) $1.8 $2,572

SOURCE: Exhibitor Relations Co.

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