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Slam-bang ‘Doors’ Preems

A few classy performers bucked a generally dullish frame, the hottest of which was “Sleeping With The Enemy” which pulled nearly $3 million in third turn on 259 screens. Nearest runner-up, also in third, was “Highlander II” with something over $1.29 mil via 188 venues.

Week’s most exciting newcomer by far was Carolco/Guild’s “The Doors,” which opened with a torrid $173,827 for London’s Odeon Marble Arch – best preem there since “Total Recall” set the house record. The Jim Morrison biopic goes wide (over 200 screens) as of May 10.

Session’s blah weather was no apparent help for biz overall. Choosy fans backed only a handful, including longrunner “Dances With Wolves” and the more recent “Hamlet” with Mel Gibson, which posted a socko solo second lap.

Other freshmen included two Warner releases, “Scenes From A Mall” and “Quick Change,” both with indifferent bows on 81 and 196 screens, respectively. Universal’s “White Palace” was a shade or two healthier in 68-screen launch.

Continued unpromising weather could spur May 6 biz as out-of-step Blighty marks May Day.

Business in the first quarter saw the highest admission totals in 11 years at just over 27 million, per authoritative estimates.

New contenders in the mix include Universal/UIP’s “The Hard Way,” indie Hobo’s “Ballad Of The Sad Cafe,” Fox’ “Predator 2” and Virgin Vision’s “Everybody Wins.”

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