October’s B.O. gross hops 15%

A jump of 15% in U.S. film box office for October pushed the monthly gross to a new dollar high of $ 361.8 million from $ 315 million a year ago. “The Last of the Mohicans” and “Under Siege” were the month’s B.O. champs.

Ticket sales in October surged more than 12% to 70.9 million from 63.1 million last year. Data come from the exclusive Daily Variety B.O. reporting survey.

The October gross noses ahead of the previous monthly peak of $ 360.4 million posted in 1990.

The seasonally-adjusted Variety Box Office Index for October increased to 100 .3 from 89.0 a year ago. The index base is 100.0 in the base year 1990, so the latest figure represents a recovery from last year’s depressed level to the average month’s business in the base period.

Other leading pix in October were “The Mighty Ducks,””Sneakers,””Hero,””Mr. Baseball,””Captain Ron,””Mr. Saturday Night,””Candyman,””Consenting Adults” and “Singles.”

Recent B.O. strength has brought cumulative 1992 results to nearly $ 3.75 billion in 42 weeks, compared to a 43-week comparable number of $ 3.80 billion last year. On a consistent time base, the results are even.

Therefore the remaining 10 weeks will determine whether final 1992 data breaks last year’s third-best annual B.O. of $ 4.8 billion. And if so, how close to the $ 5.0 billion peak years of 1989-90 the full-year figure will be.

Given the current upbeat B.O. tide vs. last year’s slack autumn season, the business should go into the year-end period at a higher level than 1991.

October B.O. gross hops 15%

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