'Groundhog Day' basks in light of $14.6 million debut weekend

February 17, 1993|By Los Angeles Daily News

LOS ANGELES -- Wrong holiday, but the Bill Murray comedy "Groundhog Day" was the right film anyway for the extended Presidents' Day weekend.

Debuting to a sunny $14.6 million, the first-place tale of a TV weatherman stuck in a repeating, 24-hour period is the second best winter premiere, trailing only "Wayne's World's" debut which made $18.1 million a year ago. "Groundhog Day" also was Mr. Murray's second-best opener -- "Ghostbusters II" was bigger.

Disney's animal adventure "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey" also had a lot to howl about. Finishing in third place on its first weekend of wide release, the talking dog-and-cat drama earned an impressive $8.1 million.

In second place on the four-day weekend, the period romance "Sommersby" saw its gross grow nearly 20 percent from the sturdy opening numbers of a week earlier. With an additional $9.9 million, the Richard Gere-Jodie Foster film has earned a cumulative $20.4 million in 11 days.

"Untamed Heart," starring Chirstian Slater and "My Cousin Vinny's" Marisa Tomei, bowed in sixth place with $4.1 million. Office romance of the homicidal kind got the boot from viewers -- "The Temp" debuted in 10th place to a tepid $2.9 million. And the comedy "Cemetery Club" didn't fare well in its first, limited wide release ($1.9 million).

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