March 1, 1996 in Seven

‘Bronx’ Rumbles To The Top

Dan Webster Staff Writer
 

There’s a rumble coming out of Hollywood and its name is Jackie Chan.

Well, maybe it isn’t a rumble so much as a minor roar. But “Rumble in the Bronx” definitely captured the top spot in the weekly box office roundup.

Chan, a world-renowned comedy martial arts star, led the Stanley Tong-directed film to a $9.9 million gross in its opening weekend, according to figures released by Exhibitor Relations Co.

The success of the chop-sockey, dubbed-in-English “Rumble” pushed the work of another Hong Kong director, John Woo, into second place. “Broken Arrow,” which stars John Travolta and Christian Slater, grossed $8.4 million to push its three-week total to $44.8 million.

Of the three other debut films, “Muppet Treasure Island” did the best, finishing third with a $6.5 million take.

But the Julia Roberts vehicle, “Mary Reilly,” failed to find an audience. The variation on “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” grossed just $2.81 million to finish at No. 8.

Even that, however, was better than the No. 14 finish of “Unforgettable.” Starring Ray Liotta as a man experiencing his murdered wife’s memory, “Unforgettable” earned a paltry $1.4 million.

Holding strong, “Mr. Holland’s Opus” earned $5.1 million to up its six-week total to $56.7 million.

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