HOLLYWOOD -- 'Splash,' the first Walt Disney movie released under the new Touchstone Films banner, topped both the hit 'Footloose' and the animated classic 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' in its box office debut last weekend.
Disney officials said the Ron Howard-directed fantasy starring Daryl Hannah as a mermaid grossed $6,174,059 at 829 theaters nationwide for a per screen average of $7,488.
That broke the Disney first weekend record of $5,951,810 set by a 'Snow White' re-issue last summer.
It also pushed out 'Footloose,' the box-office leader for the past three weeks. The Paramount movie grossed nearly $5.5 million at 1,384 theaters in its fourth weekend, raising its total take to more than $31.9 million.
Exact figures for 'Against All Odds' were not immediately available, but Columbia officials indicated it grossed about $5.4 million in its second weekend for a total take of about $9 million.
'Blame It on Rio' held the fourth position in its fourth weekend, grossing more than $1.9 million on 908 screens. The 20th Century-Fox film's cumulative take rose to more than $13.7 million.
'Terms of Endearment,' which won a Directors Guild award Saturday night and is the leading Oscar nominee, slipped to fifth in its 16th weekend, grossing more than $1.88 million on 958 screens. The Paramount hit has now grossed $87.437,122 million after 16 weekends.
Also topping $1 million in weekend receipts were 'Unfaithfully Yours,' 'Lassiter,' 'Harry & Son' and 'Hotel New Hampshire,' an Orion version of the John Irving novel that grossed $1,075,800 in its debut at 244 theaters.
Disney's 'Never Cry Wolf' led the second rank of film grossers with more than $830,000 at 511 theaters, giving its more than $24.75 million after 23 weeks.
The only other films above half a million in weekend receipts were 'Broadway Danny Rose,' surpassing $9 million total after seven weeks; 'The Right Stuff,' rising above $21 million after 21 weeks; 'Silkwood,' with more than $33 million after 13 weeks; and 'Scarface,' totaling nearly $41 million after 14 weeks.
Other long-running, big-grossing films included Clint Eastwood's 'Sudden Impact,' drawing $461,000 for a total take of more than $67 million, and Barbra Streisand's 'Yentl,' collecting $435,609 for a total of more than $37.5 million.
Although last week's grosses were not tracked for 'Return of the Jedi,' 20th Century-Fox officials said the epic upped its total receipts to $252,363,523, leaving it third on the all-time list after 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' and 'Star Wars.'