Entertainment

‘Batman’ Tops $52 Million

Led by a resurgent “Batman,” Hollywood enjoyed a big week at the box office. And now, “Pocahontas” is poised to make Disney as happy as the bat did Warner Bros.

“Batman” broke all records for a debut, earning in excess of $52.8 million. That’s nearly five times that earned by No. 2 “Congo,” which grossed $10.7 million.

Playing not only at 2,842 locations, but on multiple screens which typically boast the largest number of seats, “Batman” broke the record of $50.2 million set two years ago by “Jurassic Park.”

“There is no town in America that is not showing this film,” a Warner Bros. executive told the Wall Street Journal.

Still, just as impressive was the fact Disney’s “Pocahontas” earned $2.7 million to place No. 8 in a limited opening at just six locations. That amounts to an average earning of $448,000 at each location.

“Pocahontas” goes into wide distribution today.

Besides “Congo,” the other top films held their own. “Casper” (No. 3, $6.63 million) upped its four-week total to $66.3 million) and “The Bridges of Madison County” (No. 4, $6.57 million) has grossed $36.1 million in three weeks.

At the other end of the scale, No. 12 “Johnny Mnemonic” dipped even further, earning just $644,000 to bring its four-week total to $16.7 million.

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