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‘Siege’ has choke hold at nat’l B.O.

Warner Bros.’ Steven Seagal actioner “Under Siege” held the national box office hostage again over the weekend, while the new entries “Candyman” (TriStar), “Consenting Adults” (Buena Vista) and “The Public Eye” (Universal) didn’t make much impact.

Also debuting was 20th’s crime drama “Night and the City,” which had a boffo opening in one N.Y. ring prior to this Friday’s wide break. Another pic in limited release, Columbia’s period drama “A River Runs Through It,” held over handsomely as it went from 12 to 24 streams in its second weekend.

Following its $ 15.8 million debut over the four-day Columbus Day holiday weekend (a record for an October weekend), “Under Siege” remained brawny with an estimated $ 11 million in its sophomore (three-day) frame, a drop of about 30%.

Averaging about $ 4,895 in 2,248 ships (entering 206), the Seagal pic advanced its torrid 10-day take to about $ 30.2 million, per industry sources tracking grosses.

Fox’s “The Last of the Mohicans” unsheathed $ 6.1 million in its fourth battle, or about $ 3,285 per in 1,858 forts (entering 58), sources estimated. The socko 24-day total is an estimated $ 44 million.

Disney’s “The Mighty Ducks” charmed in an estimated $ 5.6 million in its third round, which appeared to be enough to squeak ahead of both the horror pic “Candyman” and Hollywood Pictures’ psychological thriller “Consenting Adults” in their opening weekends.

Kiddie hockey comedy “Ducks” scored about $ 3,015 per in 1,857 rinks (adding seven) for BV while pushing its slick 17-day total to an estimated $ 21.8 million.

Both “Candyman” and “Consenting Adults” were estimated by industry sources to be in the bland $ 5.4 million to $ 5.5 million range. “Candyman” was averaging about $ 4,315 to $ 4,395 in 1,251 crypts, while “Consenting Adults” was doing about $ 3,570 to $ 3,635 per in 1,513 bedrooms.

Behind the holdovers “Hero” (Col), “Mr. Baseball” (U) and “Sneakers” (U), “The Public Eye” was duking it out with two carryovers, Par’s “1492: Conquest of Paradise” and New Line’s “Glengarry Glen Ross,” for ninth place.

The Joe Pesci film noir “The Public Eye” looked to be doing a meek $ 1.2 million for the weekend in 635 spots ($ 1,890 per), while the nosediving “1492” was estimated by industry sources at between $ 1.1 million and $ 1.2 million on 1,008 beaches. “Glengarry” was viewed at about $ 1 million to $ 1.2 million in 413 offices.

The Robert De Niro-Jessica Lange pic “Night and the City” drew an estimated $ 40,000 in its one Gotham site during its debut.

While setting a house record at the Ellen Theater in Bozeman, Mont., with an estimated $ 14,895, “A River Runs” reeled in about $ 457,000 in 24 locales ($ 19 ,040 per) during its impressive second fishing contest. The Robert Redford-directed pic expands to 125 runs Friday and 650 on Oct. 30.

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