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‘Top Gun’ Keeps on Soaring at the Box Office

September domestic film box office jumped nearly 11 % from last year’s depressed level. This was expected, due to several strong Summer holdover hits.

Climaxing the period was the excellent opening of “Crocodile Dundee,” with $8,000,000-plus weekend bow, second-highest ever for the Fall season.

The top pic in September was “Top Gun. ” which is now running ahead of “Raiders Of The Lost Ark” in cumulative gross with over $150,000,000 domestically. Close behind “Top Gun” last month was “Stand By Me.”

The seasonally adjusted Box officc Index for September (1980 equals 100.0) was 117.3, compared to the depressed 104.9 a year ago. In these monthly surveys,
bo. year will be a dip of $50,000,000 from last year’s $3.75 billion tally (which repped a much sharper tumble of $281,000,000 from the all-time 1984 peak figure of $4.03 billion).

Total September B.O.

It is estimated from the Variety domestic bo. sample that total September b o . was $199,300,000, with nearly 53,400,000 dx sold at a national composite price just over $3.73. Comparable numbers a year ago were $180,100,000, 50,400,000 and $3.58.

Other top pix last month included “The Fly,” “Crocodile Dundee” (in release one week), “The Karate Kid Part I I , ” “Aliens,” “Ruthless People,” “Nothing In
Common” and “Back To School.”

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