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‘12 Monkeys’ Keeps Climbing

Fri., Jan. 19, 1996

It’s mid-January, which means that it’s OK to monkey around but not to contemplate mowing the lawn.

Which also means that Terry Gilliam’s sci-fi-themed “12 Monkeys” led the nation in box-office earnings for the second straight week, while the new cyberspace thriller wannabe, “Lawnmower Man 2,” was tossed out with the compost.

According to figures compiled by Exhibitor Relations Inc., “12 Monkeys” earned $11.5 million, holding off two premieres: “Don’t Be a Menace…” finished second with $9.6 million, and “Eye for an Eye” finished third with $7.9 million.

The week’s other debuts fared less well. “Bio-Dome” with Pauly Shore finished No. 9 with a $6 million take.

At No. 11, “Two if by Sea” answered the question “Is Denis Leary really a movie star?” The movie, which pairs writer-star Leary with popular Sandra Bullock, earned just $5.2 million.

At least Leary finished ahead of the week’s other monkey. “Dunston Checks In,” which involves a baboon running loose in a hotel, finished at No. 12 with a $4 million take.

Way back at No. 19, we find “Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace,” which stars Matt Frewer and one-time A-level-hopeful actor Patrick Bergin. It earned a cool $1.64 million while playing at 1,589 locations - which is less per-location than “GoldenEye” ($1,846), in its ninth week.

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