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‘Arachnophobia,’ ‘Alone’ Storm B.O.

The year started out in fine form for at least some exhibs as “Arachnophobia” and “Home Alone” gave biz a punch.

Warners’ fright hit opened wide on 295 screens and churned the wickets for a boff total of £ 1.305 million (about $2,506,942), while the Fox comedy bagged runner-up money with a hotsy £1.1 million-plus from 275 situations.

Other newies included Carolco’s “Air America” (Guild), which had a nice one-theater bow, and “The Nasty Girl,” German import via indie Mainline, nifty via three London screens. But MGM/Pathe’s “Delta Force 2” you couldn’t give away; it grabbed a drab £ 30,530 at 25 venues.

The irrepressible “Ghost” continued to prove that nothing succeeds like success with a sweet 14th frame that included rousing biz in London.

Trade might well have turned out even rosier if not for some stormy weather and gale-force winds, though the capital was spared the worst of it.

New entries now grinding include Rank’s “Reversal Of Fortune,” Hemdale’s British-made “Hidden Agenda” (Enterprise) and Roger Corman’s “Frankenstein Unbound” (Blue Dolphin).

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