The Walt Disney Co. magic-carpet ride called “Aladdin” flew over the limited-run competition for the second weekend in a row.
The animated feature remained the most popular film in exclusive engagements in Los Angeles and New York, pulling in $ 118,172 and $ 55,600, respectively. That was only a 7% dip from the levels of the previous weekend in L.A. Likewise, New Yorkers’ demand for the animated pic held up, but not as strongly, as the pic fell off 36% from the first weekend.
Gothamites demonstrated strong enthusiasm for Abel Ferrara’s down-and-dirty “The Bad Lieutenant,” the Harvey Keitel starrer about a police officer from hell. The film opened in New York to mixed reviews, but the lurid tale of a cop gone awry pulled in $ 47,455 on two screens in the Big Apple.
“Intervista,” a 1987 film by Federico Fellini that was ignored until now, opened in New York to solid numbers. The tribute to the Roman studio that has been the filmmaker’s base throughout his career grossed $ 13,077 in its first weekend in New York. That placed it behind the French-language “Tous les Matins du Monde” and “BadLieutenant,” but ahead of numerous specialty films that have been around for weeks.
“Flirting,” Australia’s second installment in John Duigan’s trilogy that began with “The Year My Voice Broke,” opened in L.A. to a nice $ 19,100. “Becoming Colette,” the period novel about the early life of a novelist, didn’t do as well, pulling in $ 9,606 on three screens.
The following are the films in exclusive release for the three-day period in Los Angeles and New York.
“Aladdin” (Buena Vista) $ 118,172 in its second Arabian adventure at the El Capitan, a 7% dip.
“Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Animation Festival” (Mellow Manor Prods.) an off-color $ 21,774 in its third toon marathon at the Monica.
“Flirting” (Goldwyn) $ 11,704 in its opening coming-of-age at the Goldwyn and $ 7,396 at the Cineplex Beverly Center.
“Close to Eden” (Miramax) $ 5,738, off 21% at the Royal, third look at the unspoiled wilderness.
“Becoming Colette” (Castle Hill) $ 4,550 at the AMC Century 14, $ 2,600 at the Sunset 5, and $ 2,456 at the Monica, first weekend for the period drama about the early life of novelist Sidonie Gabrielle Colette.
“My New Gun” (I.R.S.) $ 4,328 in its second protection at the Beverly Connection 6, a 20% slide.
“Johnny Stecchino” (New Line) $ 3,233 in its fifth pratfall at the Goldwyn, a 4% increase.
“Venice, Venice” (Rainbow Releasing) $ 2,485, a 28% slide, in its seventh examination of how images on celluloid shape our notions of love at the Music Hall.
“In the Soup” (Triton) $ 2,736 at the Goldwyn, $ 2,399 in the third look at the filmmaker as a young man at the Sunset 5, a 45% drop.
“Aladdin”$ 55,600 in its second animated song and dance, a 36% fall at the City Cinemas 1,2 and 3rd Avenue.
“Tous les Matins du Monde” (October) $ 37,336 in second weekend for the French-language film at the Lincoln Plaza, a 5% drop.
“The Bad Lieutenant” (Aries) $ 27,429 at the Angelika and $ 20,026 at the City Cinemas 1, 2 and 3rd Avenue, first showing of the saga of a super-sleazy cop.
“Intervista” (Castle Hill) $ 13,077 at the Lincoln Plaza, first showing of Federico Fellini’s mock docu.
“Flirting”$ 9,360 in its third weekend at the Cineplex Carnegie Hall, off 13 %.
“My New Gun”$ 8,874 in its fourth look at self-protection in the ‘burbs, at the Angelika, down 16%.
“Johnny Stecchino” (New Line) $ 7,769 at the City 68th St., a 7% decline for the mob comedy in its seventh weekend, and $ 5,262 in its third showing at the City Village East, off 24%.
“The Match Factory Girl” (Kino Intl.) $ 5,886, a 15% fall for the tale of a sad girl in Scandinavia, at the Lincoln Plaza.
“In the Soup” (Triton) $ 5,839 in its fifth portrait of a young filmmaker at the Angelika, a 19% drop.
“Venice, Venice”$ 4,964, an 8% drop in its fourth gondola ride at the Valu Art East.
“Close to Eden” (Miramax) $ 4,886 in its fourth look at life in Mongolia at the Lincoln Plaza.
“Becoming Colette” (Castle Hill) $ 4,794 in its third showing at the City Sutton and $ 4,561 in its second look at the literary life at the City Village East, a 20% decline.
“A Brief History of Time” (Triton) $ 3,601 in its third look at the cosmos at the City Village East, a 16% drop.
“Simple Men” (Fine Line) a 40% plunge to $ 3,872 at the Angelika, sixth weekend.
“Swoon” (Fine Line) $ 3,222, a 26% drop at the Angelika, fourth update of the Leopold & Loeb saga.
“Gas Food Lodging” (I.R.S.) $ 3,067 in its third female bonding at the City Murray Hill, a 13% decline.
“The Quarrel” (Apple & Honey) $ 2,958 in its second contemplation of the meaning of life at the Quad.
“Damned in the U.S.A.” (DIUSA Films) $ 2,858 at the Quad, a 29% slip, in its second look at censorship.
“The Panama Deception” (Empowerment Project) $ 2,835 in its fifth look at Reagan-Bush international policies, a 24% drop, at the City Village East.