As Warner Bros.’ Steven Seagal actioner “Under Siege” set records for the biggest October opening and best October weekend, the national B.O. had a hearty Columbus Day holiday weekend overall, with the top 10 pix scoring $ 51,338,353 in four days.

The leaders outdid last year’s dull Columbus holiday weekend take of $ 36,825 ,960 by a whopping 39%. Compared with the previous three-day weekend, top 10 biz was up 25% from $ 41,034,513.

As previously reported, “Under Siege” capsized the only other new pic to make the top 10, Paramount’s seventh-place Columbus saga “1492: Conquest of Paradise, ” which trudged in the soggy footsteps of Warner Bros.’ August flop “Christopher Columbus–The Discovery.”

Robert Redford’s period drama “A River Runs Through It” spun an alluring line to moviegoers as the Columbia pic waded into 12 showcases. Miramax’s road comedy/tearjerker “Breaking the Rules” expired in 75 motels, but New Line’s Italo gangster comedy “Johnny Stecchino” looked dapper in one Gotham joint.

“Under Siege” finished the four days with a torrid $ 15,760,003, or $ 7,718 per from 2,042 ships. That broke the October weekend mark of $ 14,147,340 set by TriStar’s “Look Who’s Talking” in its second (three-day) frame in 1,547 cribs Oct. 20-22, 1989.

Seagal’s latest slambanger, as reported, also surpassed “Look Who’s Talking’s” October opening record of $ 12,107,784 in 1,208 nurseries Oct. 13-15, 1989.

Finishing a strong second was 20th’s “The Last of the Mohicans,” the B.O. champ for the two previous frames, which declined a modest 9% to $ 8,793,116, or $ 4,885 per as it remained in 1,800 forts in its third battle.

The 18-day take is a hot $ 36,290,402.

Another B.O. powerhouse, Buena Vista’s kiddie hockey comedy “The Mighty Ducks ,” was bumped from second to third but showed a sharp 32% rise as it added 570 rinks and pulled in $ 7,977,973 in its second faceoff.

Averaging $ 4,312 in 1,850, “Ducks” has quacked in $ 15,235,274 in 11 days.

Col’s lackluster “Hero” again took fourth, declining 22% in its second interview to a moderate $ 4,087,552. With $ 2,239 per in 1,826 studios, the comedy advanced its 11-day take to a tepid $ 10,776,609.

Universal’s comedy “Mr. Baseball” took a 32% tumble over the extended holiday frame, its second in release. With $ 1,905 per in 1,866 ballparks (adding 11), it scored a mild $ 3,553,830, running its 11-day take to a quiet $ 10,080,320.

U’s “Sneakers” sagged by 20% in its OK fifth hacking, bringing in $ 3,127,125 as it slipped from fifth to sixth. Taking in $ 1,740 per on 1,797 work stations (vacating 262), comedy saw its 34-day cumulative rise to $ 39,022,078.

The Gerard Depardieu starrer “1492: Conquest of Paradise,” directed by Ridley Scott, averaged a weak $ 2,979 in 1,008 vessels during its $ 3,002,680 opening voyage.

In its eighth expedition, WB’s “Christopher Columbus–The Discovery” expanded from 17 to 182 islands for the holiday but brought in only $ 79,844 ($ 439 per), to run its 53-day total to a leaky $ 8,085,823.

“A River Runs Through It” averaged a splashy $ 24,856 in 12 N.Y., L.A., Toronto, Chi, S.F., Seattle and Salt Lake City canyons during its sunny $ 298, 277 start.

“Breaking the Rules” (filmed in 1989 as “Sketches”) was DOA with $ 365 per in 75 locales for a four-day opening total of $ 27,375.

“Johnny Stecchino” shot up a noisy $ 18,584 in its single N.Y. lair during its U.S. arrival.

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