‘Proposal’ carries on atop B.O.

That old Redford magic continued to dominate the box office as Paramount’s “Indecent Proposal” made it four in a row with a $ 7 million-plus weekend. New releases, like shock troops, continue to take heavy casualties.

Best of a new bunch was second-place, kid-targeted “Sidekicks” from Triumph with about $ 4 million. However, four other mid-to-wide releases took it on the chin, with New Line’s “Three of Hearts” and Universal’s “Splitting Heirs” both under $ 2 million and Hollywood Pictures’ “Bound by Honor” and Miramax’s “The Night We Never Met” in with less than $ 1 million.

“Indecent Proposal” chalked up $ 7.1 million for the frame, slipping a modest 29%. Holding strong in 1,922 encounters, its $ 3,690 average was the best among wide releases. With a cume of $ 71.5 million, it pushed past Columbia’s “Groundhog Day” and ranks third among top grossers in 1993.

Triumph’s “Sidekicks” was reporting $ 4 million, though other industry tracking for the kid martial arts fare pegged it around $ 3.5 million. Expanding nationally to 1,214 playdates (from 150 last weekend) it had very respectable averages of$ 3,290 for a cume of $ 5.5 million.

MGM’s “Benny & Joon” spooned $ 3.2 million to rank third and a 16% drop in biz. Romance dominates the current scene with “B&J” averaging $ 2,660 from 1,314 trysts. To date it’s earned $ 12.4 million.

A nose behind in fourth with $ 3.1 million was Touchstone’s “Indian Summer.” The romantic idyll was off just 8% from 1,401 cabins. Averaging $ 2,500, it’s paddled to $ 7.4 million in 10 days.

Fox’s “The Sandlot” placed fifth with $ 2.5 million. Down 36% for the sesh, the pint-sized nine averaged $ 1,420 from 1,755 bullpens. With $ 21 million to date, the modestly budgeted pic is turning into the surprise success of the season. Weekend business continued to falter, with revenues off 17% from seven days earlier. Receipts were up 16% from the comparable period of 1992, but that was the weekend of the L.A. riots.

Debuting in sixth with $ 1.9 million was New Line’s “Three of Hearts.” The unusual menage a trois was playing urban and upscale with averages of $ 2,400 from 792 social outings.

Universal’s freshman “Splitting Heirs” was just behind in seventh, bowing with $ 1.8 million. The goofy spoof on British royals definitely was bested by its peers, registering $ 2,090 from 860 castles.

Also new in the marketplace was Miramax’s romantic comedy “The Night We Never Met.” With projections of $ 940,000, it should finish 12th for the weekend with dull $ 1,864 averages from 504 dates.

Hollywood Pix’s debut of “Bound by Honor” was a step behind in 13th with an estimated $ 890,000 from 391 barrios. The three-hour Hispanic gangster epic was playing noticeably better in ethnic areas but drawing national averages of $ 2, 280 for a cume of just under $ 1 million.

Opening limited on 40 screens, Columbia’s “The Pickle” had no crunch with just $ 45,000 in the jar, for soggy averages of $ 1,125.

Second-weekend business on New Line’s “Who’s the Man?” sank 62% to eighth place with $ 1.7 million. The hip-hop comic thriller arrested $ 1,780 averages from 954 bookings, for a $ 7 million cume.

Also sophomoric was Orion’s “The Dark Half” with a comparable $ 1.7 million estimated gross for ninth position. That translated into a 47% decline and averages of $ 1,090 from 1,561 haunted houses. Its cume is $ 5.9 million.

Universal’s “Cop & a Half” closed out the top 10 with $ 1.5 million. Burt’s best since his halcyon days was down 32% for the frame, averaging $ 1,300 from 1 ,076 precincts. After six weekends, its blotter has soaked up $ 22.7 million.

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