Hollywood's Hot Holiday Season

How many hits can a movie mogul squeeze into a box office? The crunch of high- profile December releases, each intended to be a bonanza, will be more frenzied this year than ever. Rocky V and Home Alone started fast out of the gate. Here's the morning line on some of the hopefuls yet to come:

GODFATHER III

Coppola's long-awaited,$50 million-plus sequel almost didn't make its Christmas deadline. Early on, it was considered a sure blockbuster, but doubts are growing. Do young moviegoers care about the Corleones? Hmmm. (opens Dec. 25)

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