Movie box offices performed as usual last week, with “Legends” on top and “Boys on the Side.”
According to Exhibitor Relations Co., “Legends of the Fall” continued in the No. 1 spot. The film’s $5.1 million in earnings pushed its seven-week total to $42.6 million. Starring Brad Pitt and Aidan Quinn, the Montana family saga has been on top for four straight weeks.
“Boys on the Side” features Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker and Drew Barrymore as mismatched friends brought close because of difficult circumstances. The Herbert Ross-directed film debuted with $4.8 million.
Other premieres included “The Jerky Boys,” a comedy featuring the comic duo that specializes in prank telephone calls. It earned $4.4 million to finish at No. 3.
And just behind was the new John Carpenter film “In the Mouth of Madness,” which is a Stephen King-goes-Clive Barker effort about a writer whose books cause readers to go insane. It earned $3.4 million.
Overall, it was sad week for movie earnings. Last week’s overall gross totaled $53.1 million, just below the year’s average of $56.1 million. Last week’s total was barely $33.1 million.
Two films, however, are still doing well. “Disclosure” (No. 12, $1.15 million) pushed its nine-week total to $78.2, and “Pulp Fiction” (No. 13, $1.15 million) has now earned $$74.5 million over 17 weeks.