Weekend Box Office : 'Maverick' Rides a Mighty Big Horse

The arrival of "Maverick," with its big $17.2-million gross, eclipsed the performance of most everything else and accounted for 40% of all tickets sold.

Continuing attractions, as a result, didn't fare well. Despite adding 548 screens, "The Crow" had a 33% drop in business from the previous weekend; "When a Man Loves a Woman" was down 31%, despite the addition of 188 screens. "Crooklyn," from director Spike Lee, did not add screens in its second weekend, and took a 42% tumble from its gross a weekend earlier.

"Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" from Fine Line Pictures was in the doldrums in its debut. The film was playing on 533 screens and took in a meager $672,577.

Weekend Gross/ Screens/ Weeks in Movie (Studio) Total (millions) Average Release 1."Maverick" $17.2 2,537 1 (Warner Bros.) $17.2 $6,799 2."The Crow" $8 2,119 2 (Miramax) $24 $3,738 3."When a Man Loves a Woman" $6.5 1,486 4 (Touchstone) $20.6 $4,413 4."Crooklyn" $2.4 1,035 2 (Universal) $7.7 $2,375 5."Four Weddings and a Funeral" $1.9 1,045 11 (Gramercy) $37.1 $1,830 6."With Honors" $1.6 1,191 4 (Warner Bros.) 15.5 $1,351 7."3 Ninjas Kick Back" $1.5 2,005 3 (TriStar) $8.7 $749 8."No Escape" $811,000 1,274 4 (Savoy) $13.4 $637 9."You So Crazy" $763,167 517 4 (Samuel Goldwyn) $7.8 $1,476 10."Clean Slate" $694.525 1,427 3 (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) $6.4 $487

SOURCE: Exhibitor Relations Co.

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