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'BATMAN RETURNS' MAKES HISTORY WITH $47.7 MILLION OPENING; GROSSES BREAK ALL SINGLE-DAY AND OPENING WEEKEND RECORDS

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     'BATMAN RETURNS' MAKES HISTORY WITH $47.7 MILLION OPENING;
      GROSSES BREAK ALL SINGLE-DAY AND OPENING WEEKEND RECORDS
    BURBANK, Calif., June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Warner Bros.' "Batman Returns" demolished every industry record known and exceeded even the studio's earlier estimates in its opening weekend, with $47,720,711 in gross receipts, announced D. Barry Reardon, Warner Bros. president of Domestic Theatrical Distribution.  Warner Bros. now claims the film industry's top grossing Friday, Saturday and Sunday individual days -- all for "Batman Returns" -- and, with 1989's "Batman," which opened at $42.7 million and last month's "Lethal Weapon 3," which opened at $33.2 million, also boasts the three biggest three-day opening weekends ever.
    "Batman Returns," which played in 2,644 theaters nationwide, with about 1,200 venues offering a single screening of the film on Thursday night, had fans lining the streets in their efforts to buy tickets for the eagerly awaited adventure starring Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer.  Seventeen theaters around the country grossed more than $100,000 in their first weekend of exhibiting the film, including the Cineplex Odeon Universal in Universal City, Calif., with $201,639; the Woodfield Schaumberg in Schaumberg, Ill., with $133,328; the Century in San Jose, Calif., with $162,888; Loews Village in New York City with $119,579; the Meadows Theater in Secaucus, N.J., with $116,172; the River Oaks Calumet in Chicago, with $127,835; Mann's Chinese in Hollywood with $158,498; the Cinedome in Orange, Calif., with $110,917; the Loews 84th Street in New York City with $103,346; the Lakewood Center in Long Beach, Calif., with $134,573; the Bay Plaza in The Bronx, N.Y., with $109,099; Mann's Village Theater in Westwood, Calif., with $100,679; the Del Amo in Torrance, Calif., with $106,539; the Atlantic Palace in Alhambra, Calif., with $108,662; the Ford City in Chicago with $123,061; the Criterion in New York City with $101,518; and the Norridge in Chicago with $103,831.
    Thursday night previews grossed $2,033,000, followed by Friday with $16,071,282; Saturday with $16,787,178; and Sunday with $12,829,251.  Receipts broke the previous opening-day record of $13,161,643 set by "Batman," as well as the highest single-day total, $14,602,687, which was also set by "Batman."
    "'Batman Returns' continues the astounding box-office performance begun by the first 'Batman' movie," stated Reardon.  "It has not only broken box-office records, it has literally leaped over them to set new standards.  We are thrilled, and consider this a tribute to an outstanding motion picture, as well as to a well-conceived marketing plan and tremendous support from our exhibitors nationwide."
    Warner Bros. Presents A Tim Burton Film:  Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer in "Batman Returns," starring Christopher Walken, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle and Michael Murphy. The film is produced by Denise Di Novi and Tim Burton and directed by Tim Burton.  The executive producers are Jon Peters, Peter Guber, Benjamin Melnicker and Michael Uslan and the co-producer is Larry Franco.  The screenplay is by Daniel Waters from a story by Daniel Waters and Sam Hamm, based upon characters created by Bob Kane and published by DC Comics.  The director of photography is Stefan Czapsky, the production designer is Bo Welch and the film editor is Chris Lebenzon.  The music is by Danny Elfman.  Distributed by Warner Bros., A Time Warner Company.
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