‘Doubtfire’ 2nd; ‘Sister’ sequel sings in 3rd

It was a schwinging weekend as Paramount’s “Wayne’s World 2” hurled to a studio projection of $ 14.2 million. Touchstone’s “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit” had a small blessing of $ 7.5 million to rank third and Columbia’s “Geronimo” hardly went on the warpath in fourth with about $ 4 million.

Again, marketplace action was good, not great, and that hard-to-define B.O.-energizing pic has yet to reveal itself. Overall business perked up slightly, but the new crop of pics provided far from a commercial bonanza.

“Wayne’s World 2” had been tracking like a winner; from opening day it was clear it would party on through the weekend. But while its $ 14.2 million weekend is cause for celebration, its 1% Friday-to-Saturday B.O. boost indicates a young, avid male audience that’s likely to evaporate in upcoming weeks. For the opening frame, it had an excellent average of $ 5,920 from 2,400 stations.

Fox’s “Mrs. Doubtfire” continued to intrigue with a second-place, $ 10.1 million finish. Its mere 32% drop is good news for Fox. The morality comedy emerged from 1,928 dressing rooms with a $ 5,240 average. It has a cume of $ 60. 5 million.

The trio of newcomers saw weekend business rise some 14% from seven days earlier, but it still lagged behind the comparable weekend of 1992 by 10%.

There was decided gloom Sunday morning as industryites continued to be stumped by the inability of new films to ignite the box office as existing pics routinely fell by 50%.

With the year to date at about $ 4.7 billion, prospects of a $ 5 bil-lion finish are iffy. Still, the final tally should better the current $ 4.93 billion record set in 1990.

Touchstone’s “Sister Act 2” arrived at about two-thirds the strength of the original at $ 7.5 million. It sang out a modest $ 3,520 average from 2,132 rostrums and is unlikely to be called upon for many encores. Despite the low-key performance for such an anticipated sequel, the picture still had an encouraging 36% leap in Friday-to-Saturday biz.

“Geronimo,” with a $ 4 million preem, also performed primarily for a young male audience. Its Friday-Saturday boost was 19% and the commercial verdict was quite disappointing. Posting a mild average of $ 2,490 from 1,605 expeditions could send it rapidly into the vanishing wilderness.

Getting a two-day jump on the freshmen was MGM’s “Six Degrees of Separation.” In two exclusives, the highbrow comedy of manners had good weekend results of $ 50,000 and a five-day cume of $ 62,000.

Warner Bros.’ “A Perfect World” cracked by about 48% to finish the frame in fifth with $ 2.8 mil. The Costner-Eastwood chemistry was fading fast, with the period drama registering an average of $ 1,430 from 1,964 playdates. It has a cume of $ 22.9 million.

Caravan/Disney’s “Three Musketeers” buckled 45% to $ 2.1 million and ranked sixth for the weekend. The young blades stormed out of 1,751 palaces for an average of $ 1,200. It’s cut a swath of $ 41 million to date.

Paramount’s “Addams Family Values” eroded 63% for a seventh-place, $ 1.7 million weekend. Another B.O. victim of the “terrible twos,” the sequel had an $ 850 average from 2,001 locales. It’s scared up $ 38.8 mil so far.

Universal’s “Carlito’s Way” booked in at eighth with $ 1.3 million. The crime story declined some 48% for an average outing of $ 1,030. Its 1,264 cells brought the pic’s cume to $ 31.1 million.

Miramax’s “The Piano” scored a $ 1.2 million weekend to a tuneful ninth. With an average play of $ 4,380 in 274 halls, the period romance was off-key by 30%. Its cume is $ 9.1 million.

Columbia’s “My Life” rounded out the top 10 with a vital statistic of $ 1.1 million. The mortal drama subsided 52% for averages of $ 970 from 1,130 operating rooms.

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