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Universal’s “Schindler’s List” set a new post-Oscar daily box office record of approximately $ 884,660 on Tuesday. That domestic take is more than $ 100,000 better than the previous best posting in 1991 by “Dances With Wolves”– which, like “Schindler,” runs more than three hours.

“Schindler” took seven statues at Monday’s Academy Awards, including picture, director, adapted screenplay and cinematography.

“I guess we don’t really have to say we’re delighted, that’s obvious,” said Universal senior VP Nikki Rocco. “This has been a very special film for the studio and we’ve been diligent about its release and an appropriate distribution pattern. The public response has been better than anything we could have hoped for or planned.”

“Schindler” opened in December on 24 screens and has added playdates on an almost weekly basis. Last Friday, some 450 new dates were added in anticipation of major Oscar acclaim, bringing its present total to 1,246. An additional 124 locations will be in play on the weekend.

The day-after gross represented a 156% Tuesday-to-Tuesday rise and ranked the film second only to Paramount’s “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult” in the marketplace.

And not all movie fans were home watching the Oscars Monday night; some actually went to the movies. Although the night is rarely noted for strong filmgoing, “Schindler” saw a 70% boost (Monday to Monday) on a gross of about $ 450,000.

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