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Top Flick ‘Sleeping’ Is No Sleeper

Fri., May 5, 1995, midnight

The producers of “While You Were Sleeping” are looking more and more like geniuses. Not only is the gentle little comedy a decent film, but it was released at a particularly slow time.

The Sandra Bullock vehicle captured the No. 1 spot at movie house box offices for the second straight week, according to figures compiled by Exhibitor Relations Co. The film’s $10.5 million take was more than enough to hold off the week’s debuts.

Leading that crowd is “Friday,” a homeboy comedy starring Ice Cube that didn’t even warrant a full national release. Yet to open in Spokane, “Friday” earned $6.6 million to place second.

Back at No. 5 is John Carpenter’s “Village of the Damned,” which earned $3.22 million. The other two main openings were the Chuck Norris feature “Top Dog” (No. 8, $2.2 million) and “Destiny Turns on the Radio” (No. 15, $676,659).

Even the presence of hot Quentin Tarantino, director of “Pulp Fiction,” couldn’t help “Destiny.”

Speaking of disappointments, what with action films such as “Bad Boys” (No. 3, $4.3 million) and “Rob Roy” (No. 4, $3.4 million) holding onto their shares of the movie market, the David Caruso-Nicolas Cage feature “Kiss of Death” is faring poorly. After a second-rate opening, “Kiss of Death” (No. 7, $3 million) suffered a 46 percent drop in business.

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