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$203.5 mil week makes B.O. history

Domestic film box office set an all-time single-week record of an estimated $ 203.5 million in the seven days beginning July 2. Only three other weeks have ever passed the $ 200 million level, according to the Daily Variety B.O. reporting survey.

Last week’s B.O. leaders were “The Firm” ($ 42.7 million), “Jurassic Park” ($ 34.4 million), “Sleepless in Seattle” ($ 21.7 million), “Dennis the Menace” ($ 13.9 million) and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” ($ 12.6 million).

Pushing the overall tally to a record was the $ 3.4 million gross for the opening two days of “Rookie of the Year.”

Second-best weekly gross of $ 202 million for the week beginning Dec. 27, 1991, was highlighted by “Hook” ($ 28.5 million), “Beauty and the Beast” ($ 20.6 million), “Father of the Bride” ($ 19.7 million), “The Prince of Tides” ($ 17.4 million) and “The Last Boy Scout” ($ 14.3 million).

In the week beginning June 30, 1989, the $ 201.1 million take was driven by “Batman” ($ 52.3 million), “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” ($ 24.9 million), “The Karate Kid Part III” ($ 16.7 million), “Ghostbusters 2” ($ 15.4 million) and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” ($ 13 million).

Last Dec. 25, the week’s $ 200.6 million total featured “Aladdin” ($ 32.1 million), “A Few Good Men” ($ 25.3 million), “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” ($ 20.4 million), “The Bodyguard” ($ 16.1 million) and “Forever Young” ($ 15.2 million).

All weeks are configured on a Friday-Thursday basis, which is the industry norm for most pix.

Some films open on Wednesday to accommodate and maximize summer or year-end holiday B.O. potential; in those cases above, only the gross in the normal calendar period is shown.

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