‘Enemy’ Makes Lotsa Friends In Blightly

After a solo screen bow, Fox’ “Sleeping With The Enemy” fanned out and rang up a stirring $3,622,646 in second turn from 259 theaters. Julia Roberts can sell tickets, righto?

It was more than enough to vault “Enemy” way ahead of “Highlander II” for market honors, though latter, likewise in second round, was no slouch either per nearly $1.8 million from 188 prints.

In a session light on debut releases, namely but two, easily the better was Carolco/Guild’s “Hamlet.” The critics were impressed by Mel Gibson’s title performance, and the pic clocked a stylish $55,000-plus in solo London bow despite the cancellation of several screenings because of a power failure.

The week’s other opener, Hemdale’s “War Party,” was blah at 25 U.K. venues.

“Dances With Wolves” (especially) and “Awakenings” were the sturdiest of the extended-run holdovers, but biz otherwise was distinctly blah. “The Bonfire Of The Vanities,” tepid to start with, dimmed sharply in second on 124 screens.

The weakening pound (it slid by nearly a nickel over the week herein covered) means fewer repatriated dollars for U.S. distribs. The converse, of course, is that the dollar buys more here when that happens.

Aggregate business should be enriched by a flock of new releases, including “Scenes From A Mall” and “Quick Change” (both from Warner Bros.), Carolco/Guild’s “The Doors” and Universal/UIP’s “White Palace.”

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