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‘Cyrano’ Surges, Sets Records In London

War in the Persian Gulf slowed b.o. in the week ended Jan. 18, but there were some notable exceptions, including pace-setter “Arachnophobia,” whose steady second round again topped £1 million ($1.90 million).

One of the most exciting performers was French pic “Cyrano de Bergerac,” a boffola opener on only eight screens that broke a couple of London records for a subtitled import. Its four-theater total gross in the capital via Artificial Eye led the pack.

Otherwise, “Home Alone” offered Fox more cheer, but there are signs that the comedy may not have quite the b.o. legs hoped for after its first six laps.

“Ghost,” Britain’s biggest-ever grosser, neared the £21 million mark and still seems to have plenty in reserve. “Air America,” in wide (187-print) release, also soared.

Next to “Cyrano,” the week’s other hot newcomer was Rank’s “Reversal Of Fortune” (WB), with a socko £50,549 ($97,054) for the Odeon Haymarket in London. Disappointing newies included Hemdale’s “Hidden Agenda” (Enterprise), so-so at five here, Universal’s “Child’s Play 2,” soft in 152-screen kickoff, and “Frankenstein Unbound” (Concorde) dull at two for distrib Blue Dolphin.

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