HOLLYWOOD -- John Hughes, who wrote and produced ''Home Alone,'' (Chris Columbus directed), is incredulous over the success of the $18.2 million production. It had sold $257.5 worth of tickets as of the middle of last week and is about to become the third-highest grossing movie ever.
"Who would have guessed it?" he asks, comparing it to his previous efforts, such as "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and other teen-oriented pictures that have reached plateaus of $70 million -- but never beyond. His newest film, "Career Opportunities," which he also wrote and produced, is, in his view, "a disappointment" because "I didn't have my usual creative control." The comedy opened to a light $4 million in first-weekend business.
A "Home Alone" sequel will be made only if Hughes can reassemble all the elements of the first film, he says. That includes Macauley Culkin and other cast members, as well as burglars Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, who will return if schedules permit.