Weekend Box Office (August 1 - 3, 1997)
Harrison Ford dominated the box office for a second weekend as Air
Force One maintained its high altitude
with a $25.7M weekend bringing its ten-day total to $80.7M. Off about 31%
from its debut weekend, the Sony actioner remained on top despite a mighty
splash by New Line's Spawn.
With a $21.2M weekend (including $1.5M in Thursday night sneaks), Spawn
landed in theaters with the third best August opening ever behind Harrison
Ford's 1993 release The Fugitive
($23.8M) and New Line's own Mortal Kombat
which opened with $23.3M in 1995. Spawn's
mighty opening is great news to New Line Cinema which has only one other
hit in 1997 to its credit - Austin Powers.
The weekend gross for Spawn
was stronger than my $15M projection while Air
Force One was right on my radar and came
within a hair of the $26M that I predicted.
Three other new releases had more modest openings. The Jennifer Aniston comedy Picture Perfect had an ok opening with $7.8M landing it in fifth place. It should find its way to an eventual gross of about $25M - not superb, but still decent for her first starring role. Disney's Air Bud opened with $4.7M while the urban drama 187 starring Samuel L. Jackson was a victim of homicide as its corpse was nowhere to be found in the top ten. Picture Perfect and Air Bud posted debuts that were very close to my projections of $7M and $4M respectively. 187's opening of $2.1M was less than my pessimistic $5M forecast. For reviews of Picture Perfect and Spawn visit Sujit Chawla's Movie Review Page.
Elsewhere in the top ten, most holdovers performed well dropping between 32-36% each from last weekend showing that the market is expanding to accommodate good late-summer product. However, Good Burger lost half the business from the supersized opening it had last weekend. Men in Black raced across the $200M mark while Face/Off crossed $100M.
Overall, the top ten films grossed a hefty $94.4M - up 51% from last year and up 29% from 1995. Below are final studio figures. Click on the title to jump to its official home page.
This column is updated three times a week : Thursday (upcoming weekend's summary), Sunday (post-weekend analysis with estimates), and Monday night (actuals). Source : Variety, EDI.
Last Updated : August 4, 1997 at 7:20PM
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