IN BRIEF

Travolta's new film grosses $13 million

LOS ANGELES ''Get Shorty,'' a comedy starring John Travolta, opened as the weekend's No. 1 box-office draw, taking in an estimated $13 million.

The film trounced two other new movies, ''Now and Then'' and ''Never Talk to Strangers,'' according to industry estimates yesterday. Final figures were due out today.

''Seven,'' the Brad Pitt-Morgan Freeman film about a serial killer, slipped to third with $7.6 million after four straight weeks at No. 1.

The top 10 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters, based on estimates of ticket sales Friday through yesterday:

1. ''Get Shorty,'' $13 million.

2. ''Now and Then,'' $7.7 million.

3. ''Seven,'' $7.6 million.

4. ''Assassins,'' $3.5 million.

5. ''Never Talk to Strangers,'' $3.1 million.

6. ''How to Make an American Quilt,'' $2.9 million.

7. ''Dead Presidents,'' $2.4 million.

8. ''To Die For,'' $2.1 million.

9. ''Jade,'' $2.05 million.

10. ''The Scarlet Letter,'' $2 million.

The Associated Press

AZ Hard Rock boasts biggest opening ever

PHOENIX They started lining up 7 1/2 hours early for the opening of Phoenix's Hard Rock Cafe and it wasn't for the food.

An estimated 20,000 people came through the doors Saturday for a free tour in what franchise officials said was the biggest opening for a Hard Rock ever.

The Rembrandts and soul singer Seal gave a concert outside the cafe, which began selling food and beverages inside last night.

The Associated Press

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