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‘Awakenings’ Perks Up, But ‘Home’ Rules; ‘Daughter’ Dull

“Home Alone” exhibited durable legs, dipping only 22% during its ninth week to pass up “Pretty Woman” and the $183 million mark, making it 1990’s No. 2 release behind “Ghost.”

“Awakenings” jumped from its 12-screen platform to a saturation 1,282-theater run for a decent $8,400 average. U’s pickup “Lionheart” kicked up an effective $9 million opener in the action market.

Top 10 films dipped moderately to $69,272,073, off 17% from previous frame’s $83,078,440 level. There was only a tiny mid-week drop reflecting the onset of war in the Persian Gulf.

“Green Card” entered the second stage of its platform run with a powerful $14,331 average at 149 screens.

“Kindergarten Cop” held fairly well, slipping 30% in its fourth frame to crack the $55 million mark. “Dances With Wolves” ceded only 27% to break $81 million in 10 weeks, auguring a strong end total even without the possibility of an Oscar-induced second wind.

“The Godfather Part III” suffered a disastrous 56% post-holidays plunge in its third full week, averaging a mere $3,487 per screen to hit $53 million.

Sally Field-starrer “Not Without My Daughter” opened to a clunky $4.9 million, averaging only $4,364 per theater.

Trimark’s pickup “Warlock” made a belated Stateside opening with a cool $1 million at 173 houses.

Moviestore’s “Ski School” couldn’t find enough matriculants, averaging a puny $1,200 at its first 20 slopes. MPCA’s “Hang-fire” was another non-starter, averaging only $465 at six New York prisons.

“Edward Scissorhands” dropped by 29% despite adding 105 screens to its six-week run. “Mermaids” is failing to catch on, falling 39% in its fifth frame while passing $25 million at the boxoffice. Ditto “The Russia House,” down 46% in its fourth week.

“Look Who’s Talking Too” plummeted 43% in its fifth week. At pic’s current pace it should ultimately gross only 30% as much as the original did a year earlier.

Another sequel, “Three Men And A Little Lady,” fell 52% in its eighth outing to near $62 million. This one is headed toward a 40% share compared to its 1987 predecessor’s gross.

“Ghost” broke the $210 million mark in its 27th week of play.

“The Bonfire Of The Vanities” took a quick hike, losing over half its screens in its fourth week to gross only $15 million to date. Worse yet, “Havana” blinked with a 68% drop, only $8.9 million in the till.

Biggest Christmas loser was “Almost An Angel,” nosediving 75% in its fourth week for a $6.5 million total.

“The Sheltering Sky” posted a disappointing $5,033 average while expanding to 95 theaters in its fifth outing. “Cyrano de Bergerac” was steady with a 20% decline, holding at 32 sites.

“Alice” declined 24% to maintain a torrid $52,936 average at its three initial bookings. “Hamlet” slipped just 14% to average $37,642 in its fourth duel at five castles.

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