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"Stargate' sets an October record

Stargate soared into the record books, treating MGM/UA to a record-setting weekend with an opening of about $16.8-million, according to estimates compiled by The Hollywood Reporter. In winning the weekend, Stargate blazed to an all-time October weekend box office record. Overall, its numbers were the second-highest ever for any fall season weekend. It eclipsed by a quantum leap the previous Halloween weekend record, set by Graveyard Shift in 1990 with $5.1-million. Pulp Fiction was in second place this weekend with an estimated $5.5-million. Forrest Gump, which was ninth, surpassed Home Alone to become the fourth-highest all-time grossing film in box office history. The Tom Hanks movie has taken in a total of $286.2-million.

In other news . . .

On Tuesday, Billboard magazine celebrates its 100th anniversary with a voluminous special issue of 286 pages that, in the words of editor in chief Timothy White, "will tell the saga of Billboard and its history and how America taught the world to entertain itself."

Mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne's recital Nov. 12 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center has been postponed until later in the season.

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