‘Siege’ atop strong B.O. sesh

Even with competition from the World Series, the national box office had a strong fall session over with the weekend, with biz for the top 10 pix totaling $ 41,832,581, up 38% from the quiet $ 30,333,285 scored by the leaders at this time a year ago.

Top 10 biz for the three-day weekend was down a modest 19% from the hearty $ 51,338,353 collected by the leaders in the previous four-day Columbus Day holiday frame.

As reported yesterday, Warner Bros.’ Steven Seagal actioner “Under Siege” again dominated the B.O. with a powerful $ 11,151,874 holdover. Of the new entries, TriStar’s horror pic “Candyman,” Buena Vista’s psychological thriller “Consenting Adults” and Universal’s film noir “The Public Eye” made the top 10 but in lackluster fashion.

Fox’s crime drama “Night and the City” had a whammo arrival in one Gotham joint. Fine Line’s comedy “Simple Men” had a mild start in two N.Y. spots following its Wednesday debut.

Easily holding onto its top spot, “Under Siege” declined a moderate 29% from its $ 15.8 million take in the extended holiday period, which set a record for an October weekend.

The Seagal smash averaged $ 4,961 in 2,248 ships (entering 206) as it ran its 10-day cumulative to a sensaysh $ 30,301,259.

Fox’s western “The Last of the Mohicans” continued to hold over well as it remained in second with a muscular $ 5,828,251 (down 34%) in its fourth skirmish.

“Mohicans” advanced its 24-day take to an impressive $ 43,734,536, averaging $ 3,147 in 1,852 valleys (entering 52).

Disney’s kiddie hockey comedy “The Mighty Ducks” narrowly hung onto third over “Candyman,” with the stylish “Ducks” collecting $ 5,479,821 to the horror yarn’s $ 5,404,320.

Dropping an OK 31%, “Ducks” averaged $ 2,951 on 1,857 slick surfaces (skating into seven) as it ran its 17-day total to a ducky $ 21,639,003.

“Candyman” bit off $ 4,320 per in 1,251 stores during its so-so opening taffy pull.

“Consenting Adults” blushed as it debuted with $ 3,320 per in 1,513 boudoirs for a fifth-place weekend of $ 5,023,467.

Showing substantial dropoffs were holdover pix ranked sixth through ninth–U’s “Mr. Baseball,” down 37%; Col’s “Hero,” off 45%; U’s “Sneakers,” falling 36%; and Paramount’s “1492: Conquest of Paradise,” off 57%.

“The Public Eye” looked out of focus with only $ 1,795 per in 635 darkrooms during its $ 1,139,825 10th-place opening snap.

MGM widened “Of Mice and Men” from 13 to 398 farms during its third weekend and harvested a mild $ 908,572 ($ 2,283 per), while running its 17-day total to $ 1,174,886.

Col’s “A River Runs Through It” went from 12 to 24 fisheries in its second casting and averaged a terrif $ 19,665. With a weekend haul of $ 471,968, the pic has grossed $ 859,445 in 10 days. It widens to 125 spots on Friday before expanding to 650 on Oct. 30.

“Night and the City” pulled in a hot $ 43,036 in its single Gotham training center.

“Simple Men” averaged $ 7,397 in its two N.Y. showcases as it brought in a total of $ 14,794 in its first weekend. The five-day take is $ 19,974.

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