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'LETHAL WEAPON 3' EXPLODES INTO NATION'S THEATERS WITH SENSATIONAL $33.2 MILLION OPENING WEEKEND

 'LETHAL WEAPON 3' EXPLODES INTO NATION'S THEATERS
 WITH SENSATIONAL $33.2 MILLION OPENING WEEKEND
 Three-Day Total Is Second Highest of All Time
 BURBANK, Calif., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Warner Bros.' "Lethal Weapon 3" blasted into theaters across the country, bringing its three-day opening weekend totals to an earth-shaking $33,243,086, it was announced today by D. Barry Reardon, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Theatrical Distribution. "Lethal Weapon 3" grossed more than the rest of the top 10 films for this weekend combined, said Reardon, with 64 percent of all ticket buyers in America flocking to cheer the further adventures of Detectives Riggs and Murtaugh.
 "Lethal Weapon 3," which stars Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci and Rene Russo, follows Riggs and Murtaugh as they hit the trail in pursuit of a corrupt ex-cop who's dealing guns to street gangs. The popular character of Leo Getz reappears as a Beverly Hills entrepreneur, and Russo plays Lorna Cole, a tough internal affairs officer who gets involved with Gibson's Martin Riggs.
 The top-grossing theater in the nation was Universal City, Calif.'s Cineplex Odeon, which took in $130,620 in three days. The fervent response to "Lethal Weapon 3" was coast-to-coast, however, with the 84th Street and Bay Plaza in New York reporting $76,738 and $80,426, respectively, the Mann Del Amo in Torrance, Calif. tallying $80,500, the Century in San Jose, Calif. showing $104,747, the Ford City in Chicago totaling $52,467 and the Framingham Mall outside of Boston harvesting $46,739. Other top-grossing venues include the Village in Westwood, Calif., with $74,792, the Meadows in Secaucus, N.J., with $78,381, the Coronet in San Francisco with $60,492, the Criterion Center in New York with $72,735 and the Orleans in Philadelphia with $41,380.
 "We are ecstatic with these figures," stated Reardon. "This is the largest 3-day non-summer opening in history, and the second-largest 3- day opening of all times, trailing only our own 'Batman.' Strong word- of-mouth and an extremely high recognition factor helped get this film off to a fast start, but positive reaction from audiences will keep it going strong for the weeks to come. We look forward to an exciting summer."
 Warner Bros. Presents A Silver Pictures Production of A Richard Donner Film: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and Joe Pesci in "Lethal Weapon 3," starring Rene Russo and Stuart Wilson. The film is directed by Richard Donner and produced by Richard Donner and Joel Silver. The screenplay is by Jeffrey Boam and Jeffrey Boam & Robert Mark Kamen from a story by Jeffrey Boam. Steve Perry and Jennie Lew Tugend are the co- producers; Jan De Bont, A.S.C is the director of photography; and James Spencer is the production designer. The film editors are Robert Brown and Battle Davis, and the music is by Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton and David Sanborn. Distributed by Warner Bros., A Time Warner Co.
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