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‘Apollo 13’ Too Tough For Seagal

Steven Seagal is a tough guy, or at least he plays one in his movies. But even his macho act wasn’t enough to knock “Apollo 13” from the top spot of the nation’s box office.

According to figures compiled by Exhibitor Relations Co. and Entertainment Data Inc., Ron Howard’s study of the failed moon mission of April 1970 earned $15.6 million, bringing its three-week total to a cool $90.9 million.

Meanwhile, the Seagal vehicle, “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory,” debuted in the runner-up spot with a gross of $12.6 million.

Strangely enough, “Nine Months” earned a higher per-location average than either “Apollo 13” or “Under Siege 2.” But the Hugh Grant romantic comedy, even with its abundant free publicity, still managed to place only third.

Playing in just 1,458 locations, compared to 2,302 for “Apollo 13” and 2,150 for “Under Siege 2,” “Nine Months” earned $12.5 million.

The week’s only other debut, “The Indian in the Cupboard,” finished at No. 6 with a $7.7 million take.

“Pocahontas,” which ended up at No. 5, became the second summer film to go over the $100 million mark. Taking in $8.1 million, the Disney film upped its five-week total to $106.3 million.

The summer leader, of course, is “Batman Forever,” which finished at No. 8 with earnings of $5.3 million. Its five-week total is $164.6 million.

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