While the outcome of Sunday’s Super Bowl contest between Dallas and Buffalo was hardly a surprise, the results of the weekend box office race were nowhere near as predictable. Fox’s “Mrs. Doubtfire” climbed back into first place with a three-day take of $ 7.7 million — enough to push the prior weekend’s B.O. champ , TriStar’s “Philadelphia,” into second place.
With its strong weekend showing, including a per-screen average of $ 3,442, “Mrs. Doubtfire,” which dropped just 12% from last weekend, has now grossed more than $ 172.5 million in 68 days. That puts it in third place for films released in the U.S. in 1993, behind “The Fugitive” at $ 179.4 million and “Jurassic Park” at $ 342.4 million.
Making the gender-bending comedy look even stronger is that “Mrs. Doubtfire” has been in theaters less than half the time of “The Fugitive,” and will overtake it this weekend.
“Philadelphia,” the AIDS drama starring Tom Hanks, grossed $ 7.3 million over the weekend, dropping only 17% from the previous weekend with a per-screen average of $ 4,684. The film has grossed $ 36.6 million in its 40 days of release.
As expected, the Super Bowl cut into Sunday’s grosses, with ticket sales down about 15% from the previous weekend, although Sunday’s tally was up about 11% from last year’s game.
Another film with legs, Warner Bros.’ “Grumpy Old Men,” moved up one spot to third place, with a three-day total of just over $ 5 million on 1,725 screens.
The curmudgeonly comedy, which slipped just 11%, had a spry per-screen average of $ 2,943 and raised its 37-day total to $ 48,123,198.
Of several newcomers, New Line’s “Blink” had the most eyes on it with a three-day total of $ 4.4 million at 1,527 theaters, good enough for fourth place , while Orion’s “Car 54, Where Are You?” arrived needing repairs with a disappointing $ 791,182 at 608 theaters.
Another freshman entry, the Samuel Goldwyn Co.’s “Golden Gate,” also fared poorly with a three-day take of $ 258,040 at 390 theaters.
Like the Buffalo Bills’ defensive line, Paramount’s “Intersection” took a heavy hit. The Sharon Stone-Richard Gere mid-life crisis drama, which is apparently no “Indecent Proposal,” dropped a whopping 49%, falling from third place to fifth with a weekend total of $ 4 million and a per-screen average of $ 3,078. Its 10-day total is $ 13.8 million.
Disney’s “Iron Will” sledded into sixth place from fifth this weekend with a three-day take of $ 3.1 million at 1,862 theaters, down 23%.
With a per-screen average of $ 1,705, the film’s 17-day take is $ 14.5 million.
Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” continued to draw audiences, dropping just 10% to $ 3 million at 354 theaters.
The award-winning Holocaust film had a per-screen average of $ 8,658 and has raised its 47-day total to $ 23.5 million.