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'BATMAN RETURNS' SOARS WITH HISTORY-MAKING $46.5 MILLION OPENING

 'BATMAN RETURNS' SOARS WITH HISTORY-MAKING $46.5 MILLION OPENING
 BURBANK, Calif., June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Warner Bros.' "Batman Returns" made Hollywood history on its opening weekend, breaking every industry record known with an estimated $46,588,000 in gross receipts, announced D. Barry Reardon, Warner Bros. president of Domestic Theatrical Distribution. With 1989's "Batman," which opened at nearly $43 million, and last month's "Lethal Weapon 3," which opened at more than $33 million, Warner Bros. now holds the distinction of claiming 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. Seats were sold out for the entire 24-hour opening day at many theaters around the country, including Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, where the film held its world premiere.
 Thursday night previews grossed $2,033,000, followed by Friday with $14,530,000; Saturday with $16,025,000; and Sunday with a projected $14 million. 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." At least a dozen theaters across the country grossed more than $100,000 in their opening weekends of screening "Batman Returns."
 "'Batman Returns' has made history repeat itself for us, continuing the astounding box-office performance started by the first 'Batman' movie," stated Reardon. "The second film is, once again, a work of creative genius that is captivating audiences everywhere. We are proud to be associated with Tim Burton and the wonderful talent who have made this movie possible."
 Warner Bros. Presents A Tim Burton Film: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer in "Batman Returns," starring Christopher Walken, Michael Gough, Pat Hingl 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 and Sam Hamm, based upon Batman 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 (NYSE: TWX).
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