‘Alone’ Stays at Home Atop Box Office Charts : Movies: The comedy has won 11 consecutive weekends. Its ticket sales have topped $200 million.
20th Century Fox’s kid comedy, “Home Alone” again paced the weekend box office--snaring the No. 1 spot for the 11th weekend in a row. With ticket sales of about $7.5 million, the runaway sleeper has topped the $200-million mark.
Also dominating the weekend box office were the solid performances of the limited-release titles--"The Grifters,” “Green Card,” “Hamlet,” “Once Around” and “Alice.”
Starring Anjelica Huston, John Cusack and Annette Benning as con artists, Miramax Films’ “The Grifters” had ticket sales of $3.3 million on 766 screens, for a per-screen average of $4,322. It was sixth for the week.
In seventh place, with receipts of about $3 million, was Touchstone Pictures’ romantic comedy, “Green Card,” which had a per-screen average of about $7,874 on 381 screens.
With receipts of around $2.5 million, Warner Bros.’ “Hamlet,” starring Mel Gibson and Glenn Close, ranked 10th. It averaged about $4,761 on 525 screens.
In release on about 50 screens, Universal Pictures’ romantic comedy “Once Around” earned approximately $542,000--for an impressive $10,423 per-screen average. Directed by Lasse Halstrom (“My Life as a Dog”), the film reunites Holly Hunter and Richard Dreyfuss, who teamed for Steven Spielberg’s “Always.”
Orion Pictures’ romantic fantasy, “Alice,” directed by Woody Allen and starring his favorite leading lady, Mia Farrow, earned approximately $1.1 million on 263 screens. It had a per-screen average of about $4,182.
Elsewhere on the box office front: Paramount Pictures’ Vietnam saga, “Flight of the Intruder” crashed after just two weeks’ release. Though its earnings of some $2.7 million were good enough for eighth place, those receipts reflected a drop of 45% over its opening weekend. In release on about 1,490 screens, “Intruder” had an embarrassing per-screen average of about $1,813.
And MGM/Pathe’s “Lionheart,” starring tough guy Jean-Claude Van Damme, continued to prove a box office wimp. In its third week it dropped to ninth place, with receipts of about $2.6 million on about 1,470 screens--for just $1,768 per-screen.
Rounding out the weekend’s top 10, in estimated figures: “Awakenings” (Columbia Pictures), $5 million, second place; “White Fang” (Buena Vista), $4.7 million, third; and--running neck-and-neck in a race for fourth and fifth places--"Kindergarten Cop” (Universal Pictures) and “Dances With Wolves” (Orion), which each earned about $4.4 million.