‘Aladdin’ rides magic carpet to B.O. stratosphere

Walt Disney must have rubbed its magic lamp the right way.

Its animated feature “Aladdin,” which opened Wednesday, outperformed all other movies in exclusive release in New York and Los Angeles, earning a glorious $ 117,185 at the El Capitan in Hollywood and $ 79,479 at the City Cinemas 1,2 and 3rd Avenue in Manhattan. Film will be in limited engagements in the two cities until Nov. 25.

“Tous les Matins du Monde,” starring Gerard Depardieu, opened in New York with strong grosses of $ 39,277.

But New Yorkers showed only marginal interest in “Damned in the U.S.A.,” the docu that gained notoriety through Rev. Donald Wildmon’s efforts to suppress it. Pic pulled in a so-so $ 4,042 on one screen in Gotham. It drew a weak $ 2,913 at L.A.’s Landmark Nuart.

The following are the films in exclusive release for the three-day period in Los Angeles and New York.

Los Angeles

“Aladdin” (Buena Vista) a magic $ 117,185 in its opening carpet ride at the El Capitan.

“Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation” (Mellow Manor Prods.) off just 3% at $ 15,646 in its second toon-a-thon at the Laemmle Monica.

“Close to Eden” (Miramax) $ 7,270 at its second look at life in the unspoiled wilderness at the Royal, up 49%.

“My New Gun” (I.R.S.) $ 5,401 in its opening look at protection in suburbia.

“In the Soup” (Triton) $ 4,891 at the Goldwyn in its second weekend, off 31%, and $ 4,393 at the Sunset 5, a 35% fall.

“Venice, Venice” (Rainbow Releasing) a 4% increase to $ 3,434 at the Music Hall in its sixth week.

“Johnny Stecchino” (New Line) $ 3,100 at the Goldwyn, a 14% decline in the fourth slapstick, and $ 2,499 at the Beverly Center, off 24%.

“Damned in the U.S.A.” (DIUSA Films) $ 2,913 at the Landmark Nuart, first showing for the controversial documentary.

“Danzon” (Sony Pictures Classics) $ 2,873 in its third search at the Monica, a 7% drop, and $ 1,518 in its fifth showing at the Sunset 5, a 43% drop.

“Simple Men” (Fine Line) $ 2,570 at the Sunset 5, and $ 2,883 at the Landmark NuWilshire, first showing of the Hal Hartley film.

“Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time” (I.R.S.) $ 2,363 in its opening look at the bachelor extraordinaire at the UA Coronet.

“A Day in October” (Castle Hill) $ 1,850 at the Monica and $ 1,763 at the Sunset 5, first weekend.

New York

“Aladdin” (Buena Vista) $ 79,479 at the City Cinemas 1, 2 and 3rd Avenue.

“Tous les Matins du Monde” (October) $ 39,277, opening examination of art vs. commerce at the Lincoln Plaza.

“Flirting” (Goldwyn) $ 10,790 in its second coming-of-age at the Cineplex Carnegie Hall, a 7% increase.

“My New Gun” (I.R.S.) $ 10,596 in its third enforcement, a 22% drop, at the Angelika.

“The Quarrel” (Apple & Honey) $ 8,500 at the Film Forum, up 80% in its second post-Holocaust reconciliation.

“Johnny Stecchino” (New Line) $ 8,322 at the City 68th St. Playhouse, a 28% plunge, in its sixth hijinks and $ 5,954 at the City Village East, second weekend there, off 12%.

“Becoming Colette” (Castle Hill) $ 8,027, off 37%, at the City Sutton in its second week and $ 5,725 at the City Village East, first weekend there.

“Close to Eden”$ 7,042 in its third showing at the Lincoln Plaza, up 43%.

“In the Soup”$ 7,201 in its fourth look at a filmmaker with a relationship with a fast-talking ne’er-do-well, an 11% drop.

“The Match Factory Girl” (Kino Intl.) $ 6,269 in its second look at a sad life, a 21% increase at the Lincoln Plaza.

“Simple Men”$ 5,638 in its fifth weekend at the Angelika, a 25% slide.

“Venice, Venice”$ 5,027 at the Valu Art East, up 9%, in its third look at how the cinema shapes our view of love.

“Van Gogh” (Sony Pictures Classics) off 25% at $ 4,567 in its third portrait of the final days of the artist at the Lincoln Plaza.

“Swoon” (Fine Line) $ 4,345, a 26% drop at the Angelika, third telling of lust and murder, a 26% fall.

“A Brief History of Time” (Triton) $ 4,278, a 1% decline at the City Village East.

“Damned in the U.S.A.”$ 4,042 in its first look at pornography and censorship at the Quad.

“The Panama Deception” (Empowerment Project) down 22% at $ 3,735 in its fourth Bush-bashing at the City Village East.

“Gas Food Lodging” (I.R.S.) $ 3,516, a 12% decline at the City Murray Hill, second weekend.

“Rampage” (Miramax) a lousy $ 1,269 in the opening weekend at the Cineplex Worldwide.

“The Giving” (Northern Arts Entertainment) $ 210 in its opening examination of racial violence in Los Angeles.

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