According to figures released this week, Independence Day, Twister and Mission: Impossible topped the list of biggest box-office grossers this year--all among the dozen $100 million blockbusters that helped turn 1996 into the biggest year ever in Hollywood.

Not surprisingly, those three films were at the top of a different list released today. That list out today by box-office trackers Entertainment Data ranks last year's films based on their opening weekends--the time when most movies make their biggest box office splash.

According to the list of top debuts in '96, Mission: Impossible had the biggest haul, grabbing $56.8 million in receipts during its four-day opening weekend. With one less day to sell tickets, ID4 still managed to amass $50.2 million and Twister sucked in $41 million.

Other films with strong openings included Ransom with $34.2 million; 101 Dalmatians, $33.5 million; Space Jam, $27.5 million; The Nutty Professor, $25.4 million; and The Rock, $25 million. Eraser rounded out the top 10 with $24.5 million.

In all, 37 films opened with more than $10 million--considered by industry insiders as the cut off point for a film's fiscal future. A bow of more than $10 million usually guarantees a blockbuster--and blockbusters accounted for 30 percent of the record $5.8 billion haul this year.

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