February 23, 1996 in Seven

‘Broken Arrow’ Keeps Top Spot

By The Spokesman-Review
 

He may be back to making pulp fiction, but John Travolta is still a box-office draw.

Meanwhile, Adam Sandler is undoubtedly a happy guy.

Boosted by ex-Sweathog Travolta’s performance as a psychopathic Air Force pilot, John Woo’s action/thriller “Broken Arrow” held on to the top spot at the nation’s box offices for the second straight week.

The film, in which Travolta’s character steals a pair of nuclear weapons and attempts to blackmail America, managed to hold off four debuts, according to figures compiled by Exhibitor Relations Co.

“Broken Arrow” grossed $13.5 million, upping its two-week total to $33.8 million.

The ghost of Jim Henson managed to tie the spirit of “Saturday Night Live” for second. “Muppet Treasure Island” and SNL alum Adam Sandler’s “Happy Gilmore” both earned $10.1 million.

Al Pacino scored again with No. 4 “City Hall” (think “Scent of a Woman” meets “Report to the Commissioner”), which grossed $8 million. Back in the No. 6 spot, the Ellen Degeneres comedy “Mr. Wrong,” pulled in $5.9 million.

In between “City Hall” and “Mr. Wrong,” No. 5 “Mr. Holland’s Opus” showed what an Oscar nomination can do. Best Actor nominee Richard Dreyfuss watched as the film, now in its fifth week, took in $7.5 million ($50 million overall).

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