‘Game’ packs houses in stormy N.Y., windy L.A.

“Love Field,” the 1960s-set drama that sat on the shelf for more than a year because of Orion Pictures’ financial troubles, finally landed on the big screen this weekend.

Opening exclusively in Los Angeles and New York for a one-week run to qualify for Oscar consideration, the film earned a so-so $ 12,822 on one screen in L.A.

In New York, box office results of the Michelle Pfeiffer-starrer probably were beaten down by the devastating storm that hit the city. It earned a mere $ 9,073 on one screen there.

“Passion Fish,” John Sayles’ portrait of an actress’ return to her roots after taking ill, also opened for an Oscar-qualifying five-day run. It earned $ 9,652 in L.A., but in N.Y. struck out with only $ 4,733. Again, the results probably reflect the effects of the storm.

But Neil Jordan’s “The Crying Game” defied the effects of the rain and wind, pulling in $ 61,142 on two N.Y. screens. In L.A., the film also led the list of films in exclusive release, earning a nice $ 29,680 on two screens.

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

Los Angeles

“The Crying Game” (Miramax) $ 15,815 at the Beverly Connection 6, a 17% increase, and $ 13,865, an 11% drop at the Goldwyn, in its third look.

“Love Field” (Miramax) $ 12,822 in the first post-assassination journey at the AMC Century 14.

“Passion Fish” (Miramax) $ 9,652 in its opening adjustment at the AMC Century 14.

“Flirting” (Goldwyn) a 44% plunge at $ 4,448 in its fourth coming-of-age at the Goldwyn and $ 2,545, a 51% drop, at the Beverly Center.

“Close to Eden” (Miramax) a 14% dip at $ 3,538 at the Royal in its sixth visit to the unspoiled wilderness.

“The Quarrel” (Apple & Honey) a 35% drop at $ 4,055 in its third spat at the Sunset 5 and $ 2,005 at the Monica, first weekend at that venue.

New York

“The Crying Game”$ 37,295 in its third examination of loyalty at Loews Columbus Circle, a 6% dip, and $ 23,847, a slight 4% decline, at the Angelika.

“Bad Lieutenant”$ 13,981 in its fourth ethical lapse, a 39% decline, at the Angelika and $ 7,965 at the City Cinemas 1, 2 and 3rd Ave., a 49% drop.

“Tous les Matins du Monde” (October Films) $ 16,170 at the Lincoln Plaza, fifth weekend for the French film about music, down 45%.

“Love Field”$ 9,073, first weekend for the Orion picture at the Loew New York Twin.

“My New Gun”$ 4,831 in its seventh call to arms in the suburbs at the Angelika.

“Passion Fish”$ 4,733 in its opening swim at the City 68th St. Playhouse.

“Intervista” off 52% at $ 4,056 in its fourth weekend at the Lincoln Plaza.

“Venice, Venice” (Rainbow) $ 3,940 at the Cinema Village 12th St., a 24% drop , in its seventh journey on the canals.

“The Match Factory Girl” (Kino Intl.) $ 3,430 in its sixth dreary existence at the Lincoln Plaza, a 31% drop.

“In the Soup” (Triton) $ 3,406, a 36% slump at the Angelika, its eighth weekend.

“Flirting” (Goldwyn) $ 2,904 at the Cineplex Carnegie Hall, a 52% decline, and $ 2,892, a 35% drop, in its third coming-of-age at the Gramercy.

“Simple Men” (Fine Line) $ 2,584, a 27% drop at the Angelika, ninth weekend.

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