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'DEADLY' STRIKE

Talk about review-proof. Even though Warner Bros. declined to prescreen for critics Steven Seagal's directorial debut, On Deadly Ground, the eco-action flick delivered enough smash-and-flash for the star's core audience: It opened to an impressive $12.7 million four-day weekend. Next weekend will determine if Seagal's vanity project has the staying power to beat the tenacious family- audience holdover Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, which didn't grab raves either; the frenetic basketball drama Blue Chips, which opened strongly despite mixed reviews; or the twentysomething romance Reality Bites, which fared well on 1,149 screens with the best reviews of the weekend. WEEKEND TOP TEN GROSS WEEKS IN GROSS* TO DATE RELEASE

1 $12.7 On Deadly Ground Warner Bros., Steven Seagal $12.7 1 2 $10.2 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Warner Bros., Jim Carrey $37.7 3 3 $10.1 Blue Chips Paramount, Nick Nolte $10.1 1 4 $6.3 Blank Check Walt Disney, Brian Bonsall $12.9 2 5 $6.0 Reality Bites Universal, Winona Ryder $6.0 1 6 $4.9 Schindler's List Universal, Liam Neeson $42.1 10 7 $4.8 My Girl 2 Columbia, Anna Chlumsky. $10.9 2 8 $4.5 Mrs. Doubtfire 20th Century Fox, Robin Williams $193 13 9 $4.1 My Father, The Hero | Touchstone, GErard Depardieu $15.9 3 10 $4.0 Philadelphia TriStar, Tom Hanks $55.9 9 11 $3.7 The Getaway Universal, Kim Basinger $11.1 2 12 $2.5 In The Name Of The Father Universal, Daniel Day-Lewis $12.4 8 13 $2.4 Grumpy Old Men Warner Bros., Walter Matthau $61.5 9 14 $1.6 The Piano Miramax, Holly Hunter $30.01 5 15 $1.2 I'll Do Anything Columbia, Nick Nolte $9.7 3 16 $1.0 Blink New Line, Madeleine Stowe $15.1 4 17 $0.9 The Pelican Brief Warner Bros., Julia Roberts $96.0 10 18 $0.9 The Three Musketeers Walt Disney, Kiefer Sutherland $51.71 5 19 $0.6 Tombstone Hollywood, Val Kilmer $52.4 9 20 $0.5 Cool Runnings Walt Disney, Leon $67.52 1

WEEKEND TOP 10 / PER SCREEN NO. OF PER-SCREEN SCREENS AVERAGE

1 $6,308 On Deadly Ground Warner Bros. 2,010 2 $6,100 Schindler's List Universal 798 3 $5,310 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Warner Bros. 1,923 4 $5,225 Reality Bites Universal 1,149 5 $5,113 Blue Chips Paramount 1,980 6 $4,580 In The Name Of The Father Universal 549 7 $3,630 Blank Check Walt Disney 1,732 8 $3,272 Mrs. Doubtfire 20th Century Fox 1,387 9 $3,011 My Father, The Hero Touchstone 1,363 10 $2,775 Philadelphia TriStar 1,449 *WEEKEND OF FEB. 18-21 (DOLLAR FIGURES IN MILLIONS) *DRAWN FROM 20 TOP-GROSSING FILMS *

Originally posted Mar 04, 1994 Published in issue #212 Mar 04, 1994 Order article reprints