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‘Doubtfire’ aims to dust ‘Fugitive’

Fox’s “Mrs. Doubtfire” was back on top of the weekend box office with $ 11, 536,024 and a $ 4,919 average. It’s the fourth time — and second week in a row — that the multi-sexual comedy was supreme.

With $ 138.3 million in the till, the question remains how far can it go? Some trackers believe it will surpass Warner Bros.’ “The Fugitive,” currently at $ 180 million.

Entering the new year, the marketplace took on the trappings of a bazaar and was bizarre. Freshman product wasn’t exactly potent or outwardly commercial. At the same time, a lot of very difficult product expanded into the mainstream and was warmly accepted.

It wasn’t that the public had turned cold, only the weather. In fact, much of the East Coast, parts of Canada and the Midwest froze out audiences on Friday. With between 25%-30% of the country out of commission, revenues took a noticeable hit. Just as quickly, the skies cleared and the box office soared nationwide on Saturday and Sunday.

These were the positive results of cabin fever and were in no way akin to commercial returns for Touchstone’s “Cabin Boy.” It preemed with $ 1,513,507 in its brief pre-video foray and stowed away a $ 2,552 average.

Warmer climes were experienced by Hollywood Pic’s African-set “The Air Up There.” It ranked fifth for the frame with $ 5,240,859. “Air,” with an average of $ 3,478, would very much like to emulate the histories of “The Mighty Ducks” and “Cool Runnings.”

Cannon provided more screen fodder with “American Cyborg: Steel Warrior” bagging $ 369,648. With a $ 612 average, you should be able to rent it within weeks from the nearby video outlet.

Family fare has been making very loud noises in Quebec where the locally produced “Matusalem” did in excess of $ 100,000 in its fourth weekend. It’s the top draw in the province.

Savoy’s “Shadowlands” expanded very effectively and ranked sixth with $ 4,006 ,417 from just 546 playdates. It definitely has the smell of a hit propelled by the top end of the viewing demographic.

Considerably weaker results were apparent for Warner Bros.’ broadening of “Heaven and Earth,” which stood to attention with $ 1,703,179 and an average of $ 2,181.

Expanding slowly for logistical and physical reasons, Universal’s “Schindler’s List” checked in with $ 2,603,636. Is America ready for such serious fare? A $ 15,137 average certainly suggests a lot of people aren’t shunning this picture.

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