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‘Toy Story’ Tops ‘Father’ Sequel

Fri., Dec. 15, 1995

Disney’s early Christmas present to itself keeps impressing the neighbors.

Grossing a cool $13.9 million, “Toy Story” maintained its lock on the No. 1 spot for the third straight week. That hold should last until the much-awaited special-effects-laden “Jumanji” opens today.

Until then, according to figures compiled by Exhibitor Relations Co., the computed-animated “Toy Story” should reign during a holiday season that has pushed the year’s national box-office gross to a record-breaking $5 billion-plus.

The flagship of the season, “Toy Story” held sway in the face of “Father of the Bride Part II,” the sequel that has Steve Martin becoming a father (again) and a grandfather (for the first time) on the same day. “Bride II” earned $11.1 million.

The surprising “Casino,” Martin Scorsese’s near-three-hour-long look at the mob in Las Vegas, stayed in the running by claiming the No. 4 spot with a $3.8 million.

Meanwhile, another serious film, “White Man’s Burden,” may soon drop out of sight. The film that stars John Travolta as an oppressed white man in a world controlled by blacks, grossed barely $840,000.

As for those who figured James Bond movies had seen their day didn’t figure on audience reaction. “GoldenEye,” with Pierce Brosnan as the intrepid English spy, finished at No. 3. The film’s $5.4 million gross pushed its overall total to $78 million.

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