‘Wong Foo’ Leads Box Office
Drag queens are hot, as evidenced by the fact that the drag-queen comedy-drama “Too Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar” has captured the top spot at the nation’s box office for the second straight week.
Actually, according to figures provided by Exhibitor Relations Co., it was a fairly tame week for Hollywood. That may be how “Wong Foo” ended up at No. 1 with an average earning of $6.6 million.
The film, which stars Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo as a trio of drag queens on a cross-country road trip, upped its two-week total to $18 million.
Whatever, the strength of “Wong Foo” was more than the week’s debut films could overcome. Back at No. 2 was the Spike Lee film “Clockers,” which earned $4.5 million.
“Hackers,” which involves a group of teen computer experts, ended up at No. 4 with a $3.2 million take. And “Angus,” the New Line film based on a short story by Chris Crutcher, ended up at No. 8 with a $1.91 gross.
One week into its re-release, Mel Gibson’s “Braveheart” earned $2.32 million to end up at No. 6. The 12th-century period piece has now earned of $62.5 million.
Meanwhile, “Waterworld” hangs in there. Now in its eighth week of release, the Kevin Costner film earned $820,000 to up its total gross to $84.2 million - almost up to half of what it took to make.
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