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The Indie Top 10 and the Other Top 5: 1.30.98 - 2.1.98

by Eugene Hernandez




Kino's "Fallen Angels" and Artistic License's "Don't Look Back" dominated
the Indie Top Ten this past weekend with strong per screen averages. Both
films are in the early weeks of release and are drawing healthy
numbers. On the other end of the spectrum Live's "Illtown" expanded poorly
from 2 to 28 screens. In its third weekend, the film's per screen average
of $621 was among the lowest of the 43 films surveyed in this week's EDI
report.


In the "Other Top 5" listing, Miramax' "Good Will Hunting" remained strong,
grossing only a percentage point less than last weekend. The film will pass
the $60 million mark early this week as Miramax execs anxiously await next
weeks Oscar nominations and a potential box office increase for the Gus Van
Sant film. Probably less exciting for Miramax this past weekend were the
disappointing grosses for its new film, "Phantoms." The movie made 63% less
than last weekend and earned a per screen average of just $606.

++ THE INDIE TOP 10 ++


STAR KID (Trimark): $610,089 (-42%) -- Total: $4,960,313

Week #3 -- 628 Screens (-425) -- $971 average per screen


EVE'S BAYOU (Trimark): $63,875 (+22%) -- Total: $13,864,475

Week #13 -- 53 Screens (-1) -- $1,205 average per screen


FALLEN ANGELS (Kino): $29,727 (+115%) -- Total: $58,318

Week #2 -- 3 Screens (+2) -- $9,909 average per screen


ILLTOWN (Live): $17,386 (109%) -- Total: $49,067

Week #3 -- 28 Screens (+26) -- $621 average per screen


KILLING TIME (LGF): $12,154 -- Total: $12,154

Week #1 -- 6 Screens -- $2,026 average per screen


HAPPY TOGETHER (Kino): $10,798 (+27%) -- Total: $256,470

Week #16 -- 5 Screens (+2) -- $2,160 average per screen


GUANTANAMERA (LGF): $8,174 (-17%) -- Total: $865,964

Week #31 -- 7 Screens (-2) -- $1,168 average per screen


DON'T LOOK BACK (Artistic): $7,584 (+3%) -- Total: $39,426

Week #3 -- 1 Screen (no change) -- $7,584 average per screen


SICK (LGF): $6,888 (-27%) -- Total: $201,308

Week #13 -- 4 Screens (-2) -- $1,722 average per screen


PONETTE (Arrow): $5,539 (+199%) -- Total: $1,281,735

Week #37 -- 1 Screens (no change) -- $1,846 average per screen

++ THE OTHER TOP 5 ++


GOOD WILL HUNTING (Miramax): $8,432,211 (-1%) -- Total: $49,514,144

Week #9 -- 1,831 Screens (no change) -- $4,605 average per screen


WAG THE DOG (New Line): $4,775,744 (+9%) -- Total: $29,533,670

Week #6 -- 1,685 Screens (-41) -- $2,834 average per screen


PHANTOMS (Miramax): $1,122,168 (-63) -- Total: $5,085,563

Week #1 -- 1,853 Screens (-6) -- $606 average per screen


STAR KID (Trimark): $610,089 (-42%) -- Total: $4,960,313

Week #3 -- 628 Screens (-425) -- $971 average per screen


THE APOSTLE (October): $557,800 (+615%) -- Total: $803,307

Week #7 -- 50 Screens (+35) -- $11,156 average per screen


[All box office figures are provided by Entertainment Data, Inc.
www.entdata.com]


[EDITOR'S NOTE: The Indie Top 10 lists the top grossing EDI tracked films
distributed by companies not owned or affiliated with major studios or
entertainment companies. The Other Top 5 lists the top grossing EDI tracked
films distributed by companies other than the primary major studios.]

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