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‘French Kiss’ Smacks Of Success

Fri., May 12, 1995

Meg Ryan’s “French Kiss” lured viewers away from their two-week dream date with Sandra Bullock. But it was a close call.

“French Kiss,” a Lawrence Kasdan romance with Ryan and Kevin Kline, debuted at No. 1 in box office earnings by only $500,000. According to figures compiled by Exhibitor Relations Co., “French Kiss” earned $9 million.

“While You Were Sleeping,” Bullock’s first starring role, placed second in its third week of release. It earned $8.5 million, bringing its three-week total to $34.6 million.

“Friday,” a homeboy comedy starring Ice Cube that opens in Spokane today, ended its second week of limited release in third place. It earned $4 million, upping its twoweek total to $14 million.

A Wednesday opening boosted the earnings of the week’s other major debut. “Panther,” a film about the Black Panther party, earned $2.4 million to place fifth.

While the chances of David Caruso’s movie star career appear to be falling with the fortunes of his film “Kiss of Death,” (No. 10, $1.6 million, $12.5 million for three weeks), Quentin Tarantino continues to thrive. His Oscar-winning effort “Pulp Fiction” ended the week at No. 20, its $335,000 take upping the film’s 30-week total to $103.9 million.

Meanwhile, the Chuck Norris feature “Top Dog” (No. 12) has earned $3.7 million in two weeks.

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