'Cradle' remains the nation's top movie

January 22, 1992|By Los Angeles Daily News

LOS ANGELES V — LOS ANGELES -- "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle," the psychological thriller from Walt Disney's Hollywood Pictures, retained its grip on the box-office lead last weekend, scaring up $11.8 million in its second weekend of release.

Scattered reports of violence around the country at theaters showing "Juice" failed to sway audiences from seeing the gritty urban drama, which marked the directorial debut of Spike Lee's cinematographer Ernest Dickerson.

"Juice" squeezed $8 million out of moviegoers in its holiday weekend opening, with a strong $7,425 per-screen average.

The weekend's other new offering, the Mick Jagger sci-fi vehicle "Freejack," found only moderate satisfaction with a $6.7 million opening, good enough for fourth place.

"Hook" brought in $6.9 million, latching onto third place with a total take of $98.9 million. It should break $100 million this week, as should Disney's multiple Golden Globe winner "Beauty and the Beast," which came in ninth by adding $5.3 million to its overall $95.2 million.

The rest of the top 10 included "Father of the Bride," in fifth with $6.4 million; "The Prince of Tides," sixth with $6 million; "Grand Canyon," seventh with $5.9 million; and "JFK," eighth with $5.8 million. "Kuffs" came in 10th, with $4.4 million.

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