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‘Toy Story’ Makes Real Money

It may be a tight Christmas for movie fans. Some family budgets just may not stand the strain of seeing movies and purchasing gifts.

Plus, if Thanksgiving weekend is any indication, the movies may win out. Led by the near-$40 million gross earned by the computer-animated adventure “Toy Story,” Hollywood put up record numbers for a holiday weekend.

According to figures compiled by Exhibitor Relations Co., the $158.5 million take rates as the highest-grossing holiday weekend in history, surpassing 1992’s Thanksgiving take of $140.1 million.

It wasn’t just “Toy Story” that attracted moviegoers. “GoldenEye,” featuring Pierce Brosnan as the new James Bond, performed well in its second week, taking in $26.2 million and pushing its overall gross to $57.2 million.

In third spot, Jim Carrey kept them laughing in “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.” That film’s $18.7 million take upped its three-week total to a whopping $86.3 million.

Even the No. 4 and 5 entries, both debuts, scored multimillion-dollar openings: “Money Train,” which stars Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson, earned $15.5 million, and Martin Scorsese’s “Casino” grossed $14.5 million.

The falloff from there, though, was precipitous. Way back at No. 9, Johnny Depp’s “Nick of Time” debuted at $3.9 million.

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