Show Business: Street-Smart Cop, Box-Office Champ Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy is rich, happy and "beyond brilliant"

Tell me, children, what did you get for Christmas? And the answer came in a choral blast that has rocked 2,006 moviehouses: Eddie Murphy! The 23-year-old alumnus of Saturday Night Live, whose first feature film (48 HRS.) was released just two years ago, is Hollywood's uncontested box-office champ. Beverly Hills Cop, a defiantly ordinary action picture that Murphy ignites with his urchin charm, is by far the runaway hit of this holiday season. In its first 23 days Cop earned $64.5 million--more than the combined take of its three closest competitors (Dune, City Heat, and 2010). Trumpets a jubilant Frank Mancuso,...

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