'Poetic Justice' leads at weekend box office

July 27, 1993|By Los Angeles Daily News

"Poetic Justice" was the nation's top weekend box-office draw, despite being barred from opening at the 18-screen Universal City Cinema in Los Angeles, the country's largest-grossing movie complex.

Projected weekend receipts for the film, a romance written and directed by Oscar-nominated John Singleton and starring singer Janet Jackson and rapper Tupac Shakur, were $12.1 million.

The decision not to show the film at Universal complex adjacent to the new Universal CityWalk shopping and dining promenade has been condemned as discriminatory by Los Angeles politicians and civil-rights leaders.

The film opened Friday in 1,273 theaters nationwide without reports of violence over the weekend.

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