The comedy "Look Who's Talking" graduated from a hit movie into a phenomenon as it dominated all films in release in North America with a $14.1 million spin at the turnstiles this week.
Directed by Amy Heckerling and starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley and abetted by Bruce Willis as the voice of the baby, "Look Who's Talking" has collected $30.1 million in its first two weeks.Otherwise, newcomers - "Next of Kin," "Gross Anatomy" and "Fat Man and Little Boy" - buoyed the motion picture industry last week as the movie boom continued to coast toward new financial records.
Patrick Swayze proved his turnstile clout with the release of "Next of Kin," which was No. 2 in its opening week. The star of "Dirty Dancing" plays a cop transplanted from Appalachia to Chicago engaged in a family feud. It earned $4.8 million on 1,358 screens.
The second new release in the top 10 was "Gross Anatomy." It opened at No. 5. Starring Matthew Modine and Daphne Zuniga as first-year medical students and Christine Lahti as a brilliant doctor, "Anatomy" grossed $2.83 million in 853 theaters.
"Fat Man and Little Boy," third of the major films making debuts last week, opened modestly with a gross of $1.4 million in 843 theaters. It was No. 9. Based on the building of the atomic bomb early in World War II, "Fat Man and Little Boy" stars Paul Newman as Gen. Leslie R. Groves.
The 23,000 North American theaters pulled in a whopping $77 million last week compared to $54.6 million for the same week in record-setting 1988. So far this year the domestic total gross is $3.9 billion, versus 1988's $3.5 billion for the equivalent time frame.
The top 10, last week's gross, total gross, weeks in release: