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`FISHER KING’ TAKES NO. 1 BOX OFFICE SPOT

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"The Fisher King," an allegory about a homeless man and an abrasive talk-show host, ascended to the box office throne in its first week of wide release.

"The Fisher King," starring Robin Williams as the transient and Jeff Bridges as the fallen radio personality, grossed $7.1 million for the top spot, according to figures released by Entertainment Data Inc.Second place went to the new football comedy "Necessary Roughness," which made $6.5 million. The Goldie Hawn thriller "Deceived" debuted in third place with a gate of $4.3 million.

"Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare" slipped 48 percent from a week ago, earning $3.4 million for fourth place.

"Terminator 2: Judgment Day" continued to close in on the $200 million mark, making $1.3 million for the week in seventh place. The Arnold Schwarzenegger mayhem movie has made $195.6 million to date.

Here are the top movie ticket sales according to Entertainment Data:

1. "THE FISHER KING," $7.1 million ($7.6 million, two weeks).

2. "Necessary Roughness," $6.5 million (first week).

3. "Deceived," $4.3 million (first week).

4. "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare," $3.4 million ($26.9 million, three weeks).

5. "Dead Again," $1.9 million ($30.2 million, six weeks).

6. "Late for Dinner," $1.7 million ($6.2 million, two weeks).

7. "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," $1.3 million ($195.6 million, 13 weeks).

8. "Doc Hollywood," $1.14 million ($50.2 million, nine weeks).

9. "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," $1.12 million ($159.3 million, 16 weeks).

10. "Rambling Rose," $1.11 million ($1.6 million, two weeks).