‘Visions’ dominates L.A.; ‘Olivier’ bows big in N.Y.

A plentiful influx of new exclusives perked up the limited-run box office, led by Sony Pictures Classics’ “Olivier, Olivier” and Kino’s cinematographers’ docu “Visions of Light.”

Agnieszka Holland’s “Olivier” earned $ 24,787 in its first five days of play at one Manhattan site. “Visions” bowed solo in Los Angeles at a similar level, taking $ 23,239 in five days.

The following are actual earnings for pix playing on an exclusive basis in New York and Los Angeles.

Los Angeles

“Visions of Light” (Kino) unveiled a mighty $ 23,239 in first five days at Landmark Nuart.

“Like Water for Chocolate” (Miramax) chomped on a yummy $ 14,113 in first weekend at Landmark Goldwyn Pavilion; ditto $ 14,640 at Laemmle Sunset 5.

“The Abyss Special Edition” (Fox) (reissue) racked up in $ 15,338 in first weekend at Cineplex Century Plaza.

“Intervista” (Castle Hill) had a pleasant opening for Federico Fellini with $ 7,455 in first five days at Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Strictly Ballroom” (Miramax) dipped 15% to $ 13,531 in third weekend at Landmark Goldwyn Pavilion; down 31% to $ 10,056 in third two days at Cineplex Beverly Center; bowed with $ 6,294 in first two days at Cineplex Broadway.

“Indochine” (Sony Pictures Classics) minus 23% to $ 14,116 in 10th weekend at Laemmle Royal.

“Damage” (New Line) held nicely with $ 5,736 (off 6%) in 10th five days at Laemmle Music Hall; down 32% to $ 3,604 in eighth weekend at Mann Criterion 6.

“Passion Fish” (Miramax) down 34% to $ 3,113 in fifth weekend at Cineplex Century Plaza; off 20% to $ 5,505 in 11th five days at Laemmle Sunset 5; slid 46 % to $ 4,012 in eighth weekend at Landmark NuWilshire.

“Enchanted April” (Miramax) down 23% to $ 1,952 in sixth two days at Cineplex Beverly Center after $ 5,497 in fifth full week; off 12% to $ 3,425 in 17th weekend at Landmark Nuwilshire.

“The Player” (Fine Line) decreased 42% to $ 1,490 in 10th weekend at Laemmle Monica.

“Claire of the Moon” (Demi-Monde Prods./Strand Rel.) dropped 45% to $ 2,759 in fifth weekend at Laemmle Sunset 5; down 49% to $ 1,761 in same period at Laemmle Monica.

“Bad Lieutenant” (Aries) plummeted 49% to $ 2,611 in sixth weekend at Laemmle Sunset 5 after $ 7,546 in fifth week.

“The Match Factory Girl” (Kino) dive-bombed 59% to $ 1,828 in second weekend at Laemmle Monica after $ 5,873 debut.

“Peter’s Friends” (Goldwyn) subtracted 30% to $ 1,162 in 10th two days at Cineplex Beverly Center after $ 3,460 in ninth.

New York

“Olivier, Olivier” (Sony Pictures Classics) opened with a quality, quality $ 24,787 in first five days at Lincoln Plaza.

“The Last Days of Chez Nous” (Fine Line) bowed weakly with $ 6,547 first weekend at 68th St. Playhouse; quiet $ 5,534 in same at Village East.

“The Abyss Special Edition” sank with an unimpressive $ 5,604 in first weekend at Village Sevenplex.

“Like Water for Chocolate” held strong with $ 21,373 (minus 6%) in second five days at Angelika after $ 27,685 first full week; down 13% to $ 8,537 in same period at Carnegie Hall Screening Room after $ 12,455 debut.

“Strictly Ballroom” off 6% to $ 20,641 in third weekend at Angelika after $ 32,056 in second full week; improved 7% to $ 17,210 in same period at First & 62 nd St. after $ 23,694 in second.

“Mac” (Goldwyn) dipped 28% to $ 10,420 in second weekend at Carnegie Hall Cinema after $ 19,566 debut; off 13% to $ 11,418 in same period at Angelika after $ 19,881 first session.

“Riff-Raff” (Fine Line) down 36% to $ 5,480 in third weekend at Quad after $ 11,457 second full week; off 22% to $ 3,934 in third weekend at Festival after $ 7,074 in second frame.

“Indochine” lost 45% to $ 13,579 in 10th four-day period at Lincoln Plaza (down from two screens to just one) after $ 30,724 in ninth double-screen week; minus 22% to $ 9,450 in second weekend at Quad (two screens) after $ 15,707 debut.

“Passion Fish” minus 29% to $ 10,760 in fourth weekend at Gotham after $ 18, 042 in third week (six days); off 16% to $ 9,921 in second weekend at Chelsea after $ 16,422 debut; down 5% to $ 7,580 in second weekend at Movieland 8th St. after $ 10,748 in bow; strong $ 14,481 first weekend at 84th St. Sixplex.

“Damage” fell 26% to $ 9,596 in 10th five days at Cinema 3rd Avenue; down 47% to $ 4,891 in same period at Village Sevenplex after $ 10,564 in ninth; dipped 29% to $ 3,085 in third weekend at Worldwide after $ 6,228 in third week; so-so $ 3,352 opener at Murray Hill.

“Enchanted April” declined 13% to $ 6,169 in 31st weekend at Angelika after $ 10,245 in 30th week; off 26% to $ 3,709 in 10th weekend at Worldwide after $ 7, 122 in ninth week; bowed with $ 2,766 at Value Art East.

“Utz” (First Run/Castle Hill) off 20% to $ 4,442 in third weekend at Film Forum 1 after $ 8,164 in second week.

“Dead Alive” (Trimark) plummeted 57% to $ 1,864 in third two days at Criterion after $ 7,323 in second; unimpressive $ 1,557 in first weekend at Movieland 8th St.

“Tous les Matins du Monde” (October Films) rock-steady with $ 6,882 (down 2%) to $ 6,882 in 16th weekend at Lincoln Plaza after $ 9,721 in 15th week.

“The Oak” (MK2 Prods. USA) was dead even at $ 3,956 in sixth weekend at Lincoln Plaza after $ 5,908 in fifth week.

“The Lover” (MGM) steady with $ 6,923 (off 13%) in 18th weekend at Paris Fine Arts after $ 11,924 in 17th week.

“Bad Lieutenant” lost 20% to $ 5,074 in 15th weekend at Angelika after $ 9, 699 in 14th week.

“Guncrazy” (Man Ray Assoc.) off 36% to $ 3,337 in fifth weekend atFilm Forum 3.

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