Irwin Winkler’s “Night and the City,” starring Robert De Niro and Jessica Lange in the remake of the 1950s film noir classic, had an impressive $43,036 on one screen in Gotham in its opening three days.

The overall box office was up a hefty 38% from the same period a year before, but the number of specialized films in release shrank as major studio competition proved formidable.

“A River Runs Through It,” Robert Redford’s adaptation of the modern classic by Norman Maclean, continued to attract big audiences in exclusive release in the nation’s largest two cities. The fly-fishing allegory caught $51,137 in Los Angeles and $54,504 in New York on three screens in both cities.

“Simple Men,” Hal Hartley’s art film about two brothers’ search for their father, opened in New York to grosses of $12,305.

Maria Novaro’s “Danzon,” the Mexican film about a woman’s search for her missing dance partner, boogied into Los Angeles with OK grosses of $ 7,173.

These are the films in exclusive runs in Los Angeles and New York for the three-day period.

Los Angeles

“A River Runs Through It” (Columbia) a 13% decline to $ 21,387 at the AMC Century 14; $ 15,508, a 1% drop at the AMC Santa Monica 7; and $ 14,242, down 6% , at the Beverly Connection 6, in the second weekend for this tale of the family ties that bind.

“Blade Runner” (Warner Bros. reissue) a 4% drop at $ 7,762 at the Mann Chinese and $ 5,179 at the Mann Plaza, down 35%, in the second weekend for the restored version of the Ridley Scott film.

“Danzon” (Sony Pictures Classics) $ 7,173 in its opening search for a dance partner at the Sunset 5.

“Howards End” (Sony Pictures Classics) $ 4,956 in its 27th look at actions and their consequences at the Royal, up 14%.

“Venice, Venice” (Rainbow Releasing) $ 2,893 at the Music Hall, a 7% uptick, and $ 2,794 at the Landmark NuWilshire, a 13% increase, in its second look at love on the canals.

New York

“Night and the City” a hefty $ 43,036 in its opening ambulance chase at the Cineplex Coronet.

“A River Runs Through It”$ 21,100 at the Loew Columbus Circle, a 17% advance; $ 17,271 at the Loew New York Twin, up 7%, in its second flowing; and $ 16,133, down 5%, at the Loew Village Sevenplex.

“Johnny Stecchino” (New Line) $ 12,718 at the City 68th St. Playhouse, an 18% fall in the slapstick comedy’s second farce.

“Simple Men” (Fine Line) $ 12,305 at the Angelika, in its opening search for a deadbeat dad, and $ 2,489 at the City Sutton.

“Blade Runner”$ 10,151 in its sixth futuristic gazing at the Loew Village Sevenplex, a 16% slide.

“Howards End” a 1% increase at $ 7,028 at the Fine Arts, in its 32nd weekend.

“Danzon”$ 6,095 in its fourth boogie at the Loew Columbus Circle, down 11%.

“A Brief History of Time” (Triton) $ 5,986 at the Lincoln Plaza, in its ninth celestial encounter, off 15%.

“Swoon” (Fine Line) $ 4,907 at the Lincoln Plaza, in its sixth murder.

“Gas Food Lodging” (I.R.S.) $ 3,855 at the City Village East, in its fourth rest stop.

“Brothers Keeper” (Creative Thinking Intl.) $ 3,276, a 12% increase at the Quad, in its second illustration of why cousins should not marry.

“Light Sleeper” (Fine Line) $ 3,617 at the Angelika, off 23%, in the ninth look at the side effects of life in the fast lane.

“Night on Earth” (Fine Line) $ 3,188 at the Angelika in its 25th cab ride around the planet, up 1%.

“Mistress” (Rainbow) $ 2,764 at the Angelika and $ 1,611 at the Valu Art East.

“Deadly Currents” (Normandie Releasing) $ 2,144 at the Cineplex Carnegie Hall and $ 1,801 at the City Village East in its opening conflict.

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