'Wayne's World' still on top with another excellent week

March 11, 1992|By Los Angeles Daily News

LOS ANGELES T — LOS ANGELES -- "The Lawnmower Man" revved high in its opening box-office weekend, but not high enough to cut the lead of the nation's No. 1 hit, "Wayne's World."

For the fourth week in a row, the "Saturday Night Live" spinoff held onto the movie chart top spot, even with competition from two new entries aimed at its same youthful audience.

"Wayne" earned about $8.4 million over the weekend, which brought its monthlong total gross to an excellent $57 million.

"Lawnmower Man," the highly touted Stephen King shocker, opened a respectable second with $7.8 million. But "Gladiator," the punch-drunk teen boxing melodrama, looked like a loser in its sixth place, $3.3 million bow.

The caper comedy "Once Upon a Crime," which was the weekend's third wide opener, made barely $200,000 more than "Gladiator," but that was good enough for fourth place.

Third-ranked "Fried Green Tomatoes" and 10th-ranked "Beauty and the Beast" continued to display remarkable strength; both films suffered minuscule, 10 percent attendance falloffs in their respective 11th and 17th weeks in release. "Tomatoes" passed $50 million over the weekend, and "Beauty" added nearly $2 million more to its nine-figure total.

The top 10's worst casualty was the 2-week-old "Memoirs of an Invisible Man." The Chevy Chase trick comedy is fading fast, falling from second to seventh place with a whopping 39 percent decline in business.

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