Box Office

An 'Affair' To Forget

This week's box office numbers

Love may mean never having to say you're sorry, but it looks like Warren Beatty will have some apologizing to do for Love Affair. The romantic remake debuted in third place with a lukewarm $5.4 million. Two new horror films didn't fare much better: The Puppet Masters opened at $4 million, and Wes Craven's New Nightmare dropped by nearly 50 percent. Though Freddy Krueger scared up some of his best reviews ever, New Nightmare hasn't expanded beyond the hardcore-gore crowd — its projected $20 million gross is a far cry from the $49 million earned by 1988's Nightmare 4, the series' commercial high point. The week's sorriest debut: Radioland Murders, which stiffed at No. 15 with a truly frightening $990 per-screen average.

WEEKEND TOP 20 GROSS WEEKS IN GROSS* TO DATE RELEASE

1 $8.4 Pulp Fiction Miramax, John Travolta $21.7 2 2 $6.1 The Specialist Warner Bros., Sylvester Stallone $37.8 3 3 $5.4 Love Affair Warner Bros., Warren Beatty $5.4 1 4 $4.2 Little Giants Warner Bros., Rick Moranis $9.9 2 5 $4.1 The River Wild Universal, Meryl Streep $33.2 4 6 $4.1 Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters Hollywood, Donald Sutherland $4.1 1 7 $3.6 Wes Craven's New Nightmare New Line, Robert Englund $11.6 2 8 $2.8 Forrest Gump Paramount, Tom Hanks $283.61 6 9 $2.7 Only You TriStar, Marisa Tomei $15.4 3 10 $2.1 The Shawshank Redemption Columbia, Tim Robbins $10.2 5 11 $1.7 Jason's Lyric Gramercy, Jada Pinkett $16.2 4 12 $1.6 Quiz Show Hollywood, Ralph Fiennes $17.9 6 13 $1.5 Exit To Eden Savoy, Dana Delany $5.4 2 14 $1.1 Timecop Universal, Jean-Claude Van Damme $40.7 6 15 $0.8 Radioland Murders Universal, Brian Benben $0.8 1 16 $0.7 The Little Rascals Universal, Bug Hall $49.71 2 17 $0.6 True Lies 20th Century Fox, Arnold Schwarzenegger $143.21 5 18 $0.5 It Could Happen To You TriStar, Nicolas Cage $36.41 3 19 $0.5 Ed Wood Touchstone, Johnny Depp $4.8 4 20 $0.4 The Client Warner Bros., Susan Sarandon $90.81 4

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

1 $5,634 Pulp Fiction Miramax 1,489 2 $3,431 Love Affair Warner Bros. 1,585 3 $3,058 Jason's Lyric Gramercy 545 4 $2,748 Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters Hollywood 1,481 5 $2,450 The Specialist Warner Bros. 2,509 6 $2,205 The Shawshank Redemption Columbia 972 7 $2,189 Quiz Show Hollywood 714 8 $2,084 Little Giants Warner Bros. 2,022 9 $1,920 The River Wild Universal 2,137 10 $1,920 Wes Craven's New Nightmare New Line 1,870 *WEEKEND OF OCT. 21-23 (ALL DOLLARS FIGURES IN MILLIONS) *Drawn From 20 Top-Grossing Films

Originally posted Nov 04, 1994 Published in issue #247 Nov 04, 1994 Order article reprints