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‘Siege’ scares up crowds at B.O.

This article was corrected on November 4, 1992. “The Lover” earned $ 54,720 at the Loews Fine Arts in New York over the weekend. The three-day total reported Monday did not include Sunday grosses.

Warner Bros.’ “Under Siege” cooked up big numbers and remained atop the national box office heap over a Halloween weekend that generally proved neither trick nor treat for exhibitors and distributors.

Because of Halloween, pix were generally down 35% from the previous weekend. On All Hallow’s Eve, the scenario was even worse–movies generally suffered B.O. drops of 40% to 50% from the previous Saturday.

Bloodied but unbowed, distributors said the Halloween weekend drop-off was expected, and hardly cause for an outbreak of the heebie-jeebies.

Halloween led to few debuts. Miramax reported an estimated $ 335,572 gross on 172 screens for the opening-week “Rampage,” while MGM’s “The Lover” posted an estimated $ 131,441 on eightscreens in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Canada.

“Under Siege,” Steven Seagal’s top-grossing pic, rated No. 1 in national B.O. and grossed an estimated $ 6.1 million on 2,248 ships, a dip of 33% to 34% in its fourth weekend. To date, “Under Siege” has grossed $ 51.3 million.

Columbia Pictures’ “A River Runs Through It” cast out from its 130-screen platform perch to an additional 665 venues and caught the No. 2 spot. The pic grossed an estimated $ 4.1 million for a per-screen average of $ 5,663. To date, “River’s” gross revenue stream is an estimated $ 7.7 million.

The solid roll-out of “River” was crucial for Colpix, as the studio attempts to take the movie on a “sleeper” distribution arc similar to the one enjoyed by Universal’s 1991 “Fried Green Tomatoes.”

Capitalizing on its horror motif, TriStar’s “Candyman” landed solidly in the No. 3 position with $ 3.4 million in 1,483 crypts — down just 19% in its third weekend. Pic proved especially strong on Halloween, dropping just 23% from the previous Saturday. Cumulative gross is estimated at $ 15.7 million.

Daniel Day-Lewis continued to contribute to the surprising box office performance of Fox’s “The Last of the Mohicans.” Pic grossed $ 3.1 million in 1, 858 forts and landed at No. 4 nationally, bringing its total to date to an estimated $ 54.4 million.

BV’s “Consenting Adults” and “The Mighty Ducks” landed in the fifth and sixth positions, each with $ 2.2 million to $ 2.4 million. “Consenting Adults” checked in with an estimated gross of $ 2.3 million in 1,495 boudoirs, while the puck stopped here–at roughly $ 2.2 million–for 1,873 “Ducks” runs.

Warner Bros.’ “Pure Country” ended its second hayride with an estimated $ 1.9 million in 1,103 barns, while Universal’s “Dr. Giggles” was no laughing matter with $ 1.7 million in 1,684 infirmaries.

Meanwhile, Fox’s Robert De Niro starrer “Night and the City” found the streets mean with a 56% drop to an estimated $ 1.15 million in 1,100 theaters, while U’s “Sneakers” rounded out the top 10 with a projected $ 1 million in 1, 025 theaters nationwide.

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