Burlington Times News
April 7, 1997
LOS ANGELES (AP) â€” â€œLiar, Liarâ€ beat the Val Kilmer thriller â€œThe Saintâ€ at the weekend box office and trounced other star vehicles on its way to breaking the $100 million mark, according to industry estimates Sunday.
The Jim Carrey comedy had $18.5 million in ticket sales in its third week, while â€œThe Saintâ€ opened with about $16.2 million. That film, starring Kilmer as a world-class thief trying to rescue scientist Elisabeth Shue, got mixed reviews but was heavily hyped.
â€œ Liar, Liar,â€ which had the best March opening ever, earned $100.9 million in just three weeks. It has managed to beat out a slate of other comedies and even highly promoted films like Harrison Fordâ€™s â€œThe Devilâ€™s Own,â€ which placed third with an estimated $7.4 million gross, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.
Universal knew that â€œLiar, Liarâ€ would be big but â€œI donâ€™t think anybody could have expected it to have such a tremendous run as it has so far,â€ said Allen Sutton, senior vice president of distribution and marketing.
The film stars Carrey as a slick lawyer whose sonâ€™s birthday wish makes him unable to lie for 24 hours. The plot is basically an excuse for Carrey to display his rubber-faced antics.
Sutton said the figures indicate that people are seeing the film over and over.
Three other debut films made it into the top IO.
â€œThat Old Feeling,â€ starring Bette Midler as a divorcee thrown together with her ex-husband at their daughter’s wedding, was in fourth place with $5.2 million, followed by â€œDouble Team.â€ a Jean-Claude Van Damme-Dennis Rodman action thriller, with $5 million.
Several movies opened in limited release.
â€œAnna Karenina,â€ based on Tolstoyâ€™s novel about Russian aristocrats and a tragic love affair, earned $80,000 on five screens. The reissued German U-boat epic â€œDas Bootâ€ had $70,000 on 13 screens, and â€œChasing Amy” had more than $57,000 on three screens.
Final weekend box office figures were to be released today.
The top IO films from Friday through Sunday:
1. â€œLiar, Liar,â€ $18.5 million.
2. â€œThe Saint,” $16.2 million.
3. â€œThe Devil’s Own,â€ $7.4 million.
4. â€œThat Old Feeling,â€ $5.2 million.
5. â€œDouble Team,â€ $5 million.
6. â€œJungle 2 Jungle,” $3.4 million.
7. â€œThe Sixth Man.â€ $3.1 million.
8. â€œSelena,â€ $2.7 million.
9. â€œR eturn of the Jedi,â€ $2.5 million.
10. â€œInventing the Abbotts,” $2.4 million.