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.