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'CLIFF' COMPETITION

Looking for a big surprise among the Memorial Day weekend box office results? Keep looking. There were a couple of hot-out-of-the-gate performers, one semi- flop, and one independent film that could turn out to be a small-scale hit. Sylvester Stallone’s Cliffhanger got off to a predictably high-flying start, grossing $20.5 million and earning a B from audiences polled by CinemaScore. The Whoopi Goldberg-Ted Danson romantic comedy Made in America was a solid second with $11.8 million and a CinemaScore grade of B+. But Super Mario Bros. was anything but super: The Disney kiddie spectacular earned a shaky $8.5 million at 2,081 screens. Menace II Society, on the other hand, had a promising debut, with a $8,225 per-screen average at only 464 screens. WEEKEND GROSS WEEKS IN GROSS* TOP TEN TO DATE RELEASE

1 $20.46 Cliffhanger $20.46 1 TriStar (2,333 screens)

2 $11.82 Made in America $11.82 1 Warner Bros. (2,048 screens)

3 $8.93 Dave $40.73 4 Warner Bros. (1,916 screens)

4 $8.53 Super Mario Bros. $8.53 1 Hollywood (2,081 screens)

5 $8.22 Hot Shots! Part Deux $21.31 2 20th Century Fox (2,140 screens)

6 $7.35 Sliver $23.46 2 Paramount (2,093 screens)

7 $3.82 Menace II Society $4.56 2 New Line (464 screens)

8 $3.29 Indecent Proposal $93.22 8 Paramount (1,602 screens)

9 $2.58 Dragon $28.55 4 Universal (1,945 screens)

10 $2.23 Posse $13.48 3 Gramercy (788 screens)

audience polling information provided by Cinemascore *weekend of May 28 - May 31 (all dollar figures in millions)