‘Doubtfire’ still hot, others not

Apart from a little bit of “fire,” it was pretty much all quiet on the moviegoing front post-Thanksgiving. In the jostling for position, the past weekend wound up minus a major national release. So, while positions changed, the titles in last week’s top 10 were exactly the same.

Twentieth Century Fox’s “Mrs. Doubtfire” wasn’t quite as strong as anticipated on Sunday but was miles ahead of everything else and easily clinched top spot with $ 14,735,459. Its three-day average was $ 8,782 and the picture is rapidly heading toward a $ 50 million gross at the end of its second week of release.

Gramercy unveiled “A Dangerous Woman” in 293 situations and landed 14th on the list with $ 680,441. The response both critically and commercially was tepid. It mustered an average of $ 2,322.

Much farther down the list was Cannon’s “Rescue Me,” a Michael Dudikoff programmer that skidded along with $ 172,700. The pic average of $ 275 suggests a lot of relatives and friends (and few others) were out in force to support the opening frame.

In exclusive openings, IRS Media is probably wondering whether sex is enough based on results from an eight-print launch of “Bank Robber.” So far, the noirish tale has generated ink for its NC-17 tag and steamy boudoir biz between Lisa Bonet and Patrick Dempsey. After its first public brush, the box office was $ 17,429 with a non-torrid $ 2,179 average.

MK2 USA preemed the Cannes entry “Mazeppa” on a single Manhattan screen for a mild $ 3,572 weekend. The arty, wordless, equine tale trotted rather than galloped into the marketplace.

Venice co-winner “Blue” from Miramax opened Sunday for a one-screen, one-day gross of $ 6,758. It was a solid launch, but the practice of Sunday debuts is not likely to usurp the normal Friday opening or the special occasion Wednesday first day.

The holiday season has barely begun and already we’re saying goodbye to new friends. Columbia/Castle Rock’s “Josh and S.A.M.” and Warner Bros./New Regency’s “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” were relegated to split and double bills after just one week. The former of the family duo did a lot of sharing with “Malice” but experienced an absence of patrons.

Next week expect Universal/Amblin’s “We’re Back: A Dinosaur’s Story” to cohabit with “Carlito’s Way.” The union ought to produce an unusual spawn.

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