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‘Dead-Bang’ Terminal?

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“Miami Vice” star Don Johnson continues to have trouble resurrecting his film career. Johnson’s “Dead Bang,” directed by John Frankenheimer, opened with only $2.8 million at 1,073 theaters, an average of $2,654 per screen. This follows a similarly weak box-office performance last fall for Johnson’s “Sweet Hearts Dance,” a Tri-Star release. Meanwhile, Exhibitor Relations reports that, with the Academy Awards coming up on Wednesday night, ticket receipts for Oscar-nominated films are up over last weekend: “Rain Man” by 4%; “Dangerous Liaisons” by 12%; “Working Girl” by 18%; “Mississippi Burning” by 16%, and “The Accidental Tourist” by 6%.

* Weintraub Entertainment can’t seem to get any of its films off the ground. The company’s latest release, a Shelley Long comedy called “Troop Beverly Hills,” had a soft opening, grossing less than $2.3 million in 964 theaters, an average of $2,369 per screen.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

Weekend Gross/ Screens/ Weeks Movie (Studio) Total (millions) Average in Release 1."Fletch Lives” $5.6 1,512 2 (Universal) $17.0 $3,735 2."The Rescuers” $3.1 1,482 2 (Disney) $8.7 $2,120 3."Rain Man” $3.0 1,542 15 (MGM/UA) $134.7 $1,948 4."Lean On Me” $2.9 1,084 4 (Warner) $20.2 $2,635 5."Dead-Bang” $2.8 1,073 1 (Warner) $2.8 $2,654 *"Troop Beverly Hills” $2.3 964 1 (Weintraub) $3.0 $2,369

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