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"The Hunt for Red October" surfaced with a huge $17.2 million at the box office, making it the No. 1 film in the nation.

The high-tech submarine thriller starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin averaged $14,010 per screen, an impressive take for a film playing in more than 1,200 theaters.Paramount Pictures said the film had the biggest opening weekend outside of the summer or Thanksgiving season.

In the film based on Tom Clancy's best-selling novel, officers of a Soviet nuclear missile-firing sub piloted by Connery plan to defect. Baldwin plays a CIA agent who wants to bring the Soviet captain in from the cold.

Some had feared that glasnost would torpedo the film, with its Cold War theme.

In second place was the Academy Award favorite "Driving Miss Daisy," which netted $5.1 million, according to figures compiled by Exhibitor Relations Co. Third with receipts of $4.2 million was the Steven Seagal movie "Hard to Kill."

Here are the top movie ticket sales as tallied by Exhibitor Relations, with distributor, weekend gross, total gross and number of weeks in release.

1. "THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER," $17.2 million (first week).

2. "Driving Miss Daisy," $5.1 million ($60.3 million, 12 weeks).

3. "Hard to Kill," $4.2 million ($33.3 million, four weeks).

4. "Madhouse," $3.1 million ($13.4 million, three weeks).

5. "Born on the Fourth of July," $2.1 million ($59.7 million, 11 weeks).

6. "Revenge," $2 million ($12.9 million, three weeks).

7. "Men Don't Leave," $1.4 million ($4.3 million, five weeks).

8. "Glory," $1.33 million ($20.2 million, 12 weeks).

9. "Stella," $1.28 million ($17.4 million, five weeks).

10. "Steel Magnolias," $1.2 million ($74.4 million, 16 weeks).