‘Wolves’ Dances In U.K.

Hot new releases shrugged off midwinter snow, frigid air and deepening recession to rack up some astonishing numbers in a session that otherwise was ho-hum.

“Three Men And A Little Lady,” Touchstone’s domestic hit, seems headed for big bucks here too, per a £2.35 million ($4.66 million) opening on 289 screens. Whammo business, especially given all the adverse conditions. Pic also was a huge No. 1 in London.

Orion/Guild’s “Dances With Wolves,” on a limited four-screen London bow, was torrid even before its raft of Oscar noms came out and wound the frame with a lofty £129,113 ($255,643) total that also broke several records. It goes wide March 8 and should do well, especially in key cities.

After a stellar wide launch, “Kindergarten Cop” slipped sharply but still pulled in substantial seven-digit coin. “Cyrano de Bergerac,” on 14 screens, was socko again, and “Postcards From The Edge,” only on seven in London, had a fine third. But short-hitters “Havana,” “The Rookie” and “Rocky V” were in fast-fade mode.

Other newies included Disney’s “Duck Tales,” fair via 84 theaters; Rank’s “Short Time,” blah at one house, and Hemdale’s “Staying Together,” ditto at two.

New titles unleashed include “Miller’s Crossing” and “The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane” (both from Fox) and indie Entertainment’s “Men At Work.”

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