In what is an embarrassing turn of events for TriStar, its new comedy-adventure “Jumanji” barely edged Disney’s four-week old “Toy Story” for the top spot among the nation’s box office leaders.
In figures compiled by Exhibitor Relations Co., “Jumanji” earned $11.08 million, while “Toy Story” earned $10.97 million. But the industry consensus is that the two finished in a virtual dead heat.
That doesn’t bode well for TriStar, which had figured its special-effects-laden feature, starring Robin Williams, would push “Toy Story” as the holiday season’s top earner.
“Toy Story” has amassed a total gross of $97.5 million - so far.
The week’s other debuts fared above average. Michael Mann’s “Heat,” which stars Robert De Niro as a bank robber and Al Pacino as the cop on his trail, opened in the No. 3 spot with a $8.4 million take.
“Sabrina,” the remake of the 1954 Humphrey Bogart-Audrey Hepburn romance, grabbed No. 5 with $5.6 million.
“Sense and Sensibility,” which is earning Oscar notice from critics’ groups, ended up at No. 11 with a $921,000 gross. Playing in just 70 locations, the film earned a whopping average of $10,305 per location.
Thanks to its $1.83 million take, Jim Carrey’s “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls” (No. 9) surpassed the $100 million mark. The film’s six-week total gross is $101.2 million.
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