‘Detective’ still B.O. story

It was aces high once again, as Morgan Creek’s “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” stood its ground on top of the box office heap with a three-day total of just over $ 5 million.

The take for the Jim Carrey-starrer was good enough to beat newcomer “Greedy, ” which had a weekend haul of $ 4.8 million; “On Deadly Ground,” which took in $ 4.4 million; and “Sugar Hill,” which collected a sweet $ 3.4 million.

Two other newcomers entered the chart in the top 10: “The Chase” landed in fifth place with a weekend total of $ 3.4 million. And “Angie,” one of Joe Roth’s first ventures since launching Caravan Pictures, pulled a three-day total of $ 2.7 million, good enough for seventh place, but something of a disappointment, considering the high-profile film stars Geena Davis.

The weekend also saw “Mrs. Doubtfire,” the Robin Williams cross-dressing comedy, cross over the mighty $ 200million threshhold 15 weeks after its opening , making it the second-highest grossing film released in 1993, ranking only behind “Jurassic Park.”

Grosses for the weekend were up about 5% from a year ago, although they dropped about 4% from the previous weekend.

The biggest news is the continued success of “Ace Ventura,” the comedy many observers picked as a “one-weekend wonder,” but which keeps rolling along and knocking off the competition. While it slipped 22% from the previous weekend and had a per-screen average of $ 2,596 at 1,963 pounds, it has run its 30-day total to an excellent $ 52 million.

Universal’s “Greedy” pulled in $ 4.8 million its opening weekend at 1,710 theaters for a soft per-screen take of $ 2,810.

Like a character on the wrong end of a Steven Seagal karate chop, “On Deadly Ground” took a solid 30% hit, falling to third place from last weekend’s second-place finish. The action film, which has netted $ 27.6 million in 16 days of release, nabbed $ 4.4 million the last weekend.

Fox’s “Sugar Hill” also took a big hit in its second weekend, falling 39% and ending up in fourth place. It has collected $ 10.5 million in nine days of release.

Another newcomer, Fox’s “The Chase,” rolled down the highway with a three-day getaway of $ 3.4 million, good enough for fifth place.

“Schindler’s List” pulled in $ 3.2 million and moved up from eighth to sixth place. The film, whose B.O. take went up 9%, had a per-screen average of $ 3,995 at 803 theaters. Its 81-day total is now $ 50.2 million.

In seventh place was “Angie,” which racked up $ 2.7 million on 808 screens for an average of $ 3,440. Look for Disney to add another 300 screens.

Another Disney film, “Blank Check,” landed in eighth place, with $ 2.7 million, a 34% drop. Its 23-day total is $ 21.4 million.

Paramount’s “Blue Chips” took $ 2.6 million. The 16-day total is $ 19 million.

Rounding out the top 10 was New Line’s “8 Seconds,” which took in $ 2.6 million, down 22%. The nine-day total for the film was $ 6.8 million.

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