‘Home’ Back On Top Story In 8th; ‘Godfather’ Sags; ‘Cop’ Holds Up

With no new competition, “Home Alone” easily won the national boxoffice race in its eighth week in release, racking up $15.5 million to put the John Hughes comedy at $171.5 million to date.

In the previous week the Fox hit was narrowly edged out for b.o. supremacy by the debut of “The Godfather Part III,” which earned $30.3 million in its first seven days compared to “Alone’s” massive $29.1 million in its seventh full frame.

The gangster saga plummeted 50%, as did Tri-Star’s “Look Who’s Talking Too,” Par’s “Almost An Angel,” WB’s “The Bonfire Of The Vanities” and Universal’s “Havana.”

By contrast, U’s “Kindergarten Cop” dipped only 39%, earning $47 million in only three weeks.

Top 10 pics earned $83,078,440, off 43% from previous week’s massive $144,653,624 tally.

Post-holiday blues affected all the frontrunners, but Columbia’s “Misery” and Orion’s “Dances With Wolves” and “Mermaids” held up the best.

Col’s “Awakenings” held fast with only a 15% decrease in its exclusive run, posting nearly a $45,000 screen average at 12 sites. This week it is expanding to over 1,000 berths.

Woody Allen’s “Alice” was rock solid with only a 9% drop for Orion at its initial three theaters, averaging almost $70,000 in its second inning.

Disney’s “Green Card” was even stronger, averaging over $90,000 in its second outing at only two sites in L.A. and N.Y. prior to national run. Measuring day by day at each theater on the Tuesday and Sunday opening runs respectively, the second full week showed a 5% improvement over first frame.

WB’s “Goodfellas” was one of the few films to improve without expanding its run, but at only 54 sites in its 16th session was unable to capitalize on yet another set of awards, this time from the National Society of Film Critics.

WB’s “Hamlet” averaged $43,907 in its third frame at five. Avenue’s “The Field” maintained a $22,571 average in its third try at two screens.

The distrib’s “The Sheltering Sky” expanded its platform run to 38 screens with only a modest $6,831 average. Ditto, Fox’ “Come See The Paradise,” which went up to 25 bijous with only a $7,431 average.

Orion Classics’ “Cyrano de Bergerac” did nicely with a $11,601 average at 31 theaters nationally, putting the French import over the $1.26 million mark in eight weeks. Robert Altman’s “Vincent & Theo” cracked $1.3 million in its 10th week via Hemdale, dipping only 13% by virtue of adding 16 new screens to its run.

Hemdale’s “Hidden Agenda” increased to 75 screens with disappointing results, averaging only $1,920 each.

Among the other imports, Goldwyn’s “C’est la vie” broke $700,000 in its 10th week out while Miramax’ “The Nasty Girl” hit $620,000 after 11 weeks.

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