'Turtles' replaces 'Lambs' as top movie

March 27, 1991|By Assocaited Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze" grossed $20 million in its debut weekend, ending the five-week reign of "Silence of the Lambs" as the leader at the nation's box office.

"Silence," starring Jodie Foster as an FBI trainee after a serial killer, took in $6.7 million for second place.

"Dances With Wolves," Kevin Costner's epic Western, which won seven Academy Awards on Monday night, was sixth with $3.8 million.

Here are the weekend's top movie ticket sales according to Exhibitor Relations, with distributor, weekend gross, number of theater screens, average per screen, total gross and number of weeks in release.

Figures are based on a combination of actual box-office receipts and studio projections where actual figures are not immediately available.

1. "TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II," New Line Cinema, $20 million, 2,868 screens, $6,984 per screen, $20 million, one week.

2. "THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS," Orion, $6.7 million, 1,608 screens, $4,159 per screen, $78.3 million, six weeks.

3. "NEW JACK CITY," Warner Bros., $4.4 million, 905 screens, $4,914 per screen, $22.3 million, three weeks.

4. "CLASS ACTION," 20th Century Fox, $4.3 million, 1,108 screens, $3,857 per screen, $9.8 million, two weeks.

5. "SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY," 20th Century Fox, $4 million, 1,517 screens, $2,639 per screen, $73.9 million, seven weeks.

6. "DANCES WITH WOLVES," Orion, $3.8 million, 1,538 screens, $2,438 per screen, $136.3 million, 20 weeks.

7. "THE HARD WAY," Universal, $3 million, 1,629 screens, $1,845 per screen, $16.4 million, three weeks.

8. "HOME ALONE," 20th Century Fox, $2.8 million, 1,757 screens, $1,580 per screen, $253.1 million, 19 weeks.

9. "THE DOORS," Tri-Star, $2.3 million, 1,186 screens, $1,920 per screen, $26.9 million, four weeks.

10. "PERFECT WEAPON," Paramount, $2.2 million, 1,229 screens, $1,819 per screen, $7.3 million, two weeks.

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