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‘Opus’ Takes Over At Box Office

Fri., Feb. 2, 1996

Looking for a bit of optimism in the throes of winter, the nation turned its lonely eyes to “Mr. Holland’s Opus.”

And the little guy earned, well, if not an A, then at least an above average grade at the national box office.

According to figures compiled by Exhibitor Relations Co., the Richard Dreyfuss vehicle earned $8.3 million, pushing it past three new films and last week’s top grosser, “From Dusk Till Dawn.”

The first of those three openers, “Bed of Roses,” ended up in the No. 2 spot, earning $6.1 million. (By the way, that Christian Slater-Mary Stuart Masterson film has been nicknamed “Florist Gump”.)

At No. 3, Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn” not only slipped from its top perch, but its per-location average plummeted. Whereas “Mr. Holland’s Opus” earned an average of $5,125 in the 1,619 locations in which it played, “From Dusk Till Dawn” earned just $2,417 in its 2,007 locations.

The other openers were nearly overlooked. “Screamers,” a sci-fi thriller with Peter Weller, finished at No. 9 with a $2.9 million take.

And the No. 19 ranking of “Big Bully” may end the notion of Tom Arnold as a bankable movie star. The comedy pairing of Arnold and Rick Moranis earned just $1.1 million, grossing a paltry $990 average per 1,143 locations.

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