Chase Flick Tops Box Office

Chevy Chase may not be able to hold down a job on late-night television, but he doesn’t have to worry. As long as people are willing to see him in films such as “Man of the House,” there always will be room for him in Hollywood.

Chase, whose last successful starring role was in a Doritos commercial, led “Man of the House” to the top of the box office race in its first week. The Peter Yates-directed film, which co-stars Farrah Fawcett, earned $9.5 million.

In second spot, “The Brady Bunch Movie” performed well, its $5.7 million take upping its three-week total to $33 million.

The week’s other top debut, “Hideaway,” placed No. 3. Boasting Jeff Goldblum as a man returned from death, “Hideaway” grossed $5.2 million.

With a $4 million take, “Roommates,” another premiere, finished at No. 5, just behind “Just Cause” ($4.9 million).

Tobe Hooper’s newest film emerged as a bust. The director of the cult hit “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” came up a loser with “The Mangler,” a horror effort that finished No. 17 with a pathetic gross of $934,000.

Fading fast are such recent openings as “The Walking Dead” (No. 13, $4.2 million in two weeks), “The Hunted” (No. 14, $4.8 million in two weeks) and “Boys on the Side” (No. 16, $20.4 million in five weeks).

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