As exclu pix falter, ‘Epoque’ holds top slot; ‘Kite’ flies

There was considerable slippage on the exclusives roster for last weekend, with more productions than not seeing their B.O. drop.

Even with the stumbles, Sony Pictures Classics’ “Belle Epoque” topped the list in receipts, and Roxy Releasing’s “Red Rock West” did particularly strong biz in New York.

Kino’s “The Blue Kite,” a fest fave from China, had a decent opening on the East Coast, the only newcomer to the roster.

Following are weekend grosses for films released on an exclusive basis (three screens or fewer) in New York and Los Angeles.

Los Angeles

“Belle Epoque” (Sony Pictures Classics) dropped 9% to $ 17,923 in its sixth weekend at the Laemmle Royal.

“Grief” (Strand) dropped 42% to $ 7,406 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5 .

“Red Rock West” (Roxy Releasing) rose 34% to $ 7,067 in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Farewell My Concubine” (Miramax) up 1% to $ 3,474 in its sixth at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Savage Nights” (Gramercy) slipped 17% to $ 3,165 in its sixthat the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Suture” (Samuel Goldwyn) fell 9% to $ 2,840 in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Dangerous Game” (MGM) fell 26% to $ 1,680 in its fourth at the Beverly Center.

New York

“Belle Epoque” shed 13% to $ 11,443 in its seventh at the Eastside Playhouse, 17% to $ 16,987 in its third at the Lincoln Plaza and 6% to $ 11,351 in its third at the Village East.

“Cronos” (October) was down 21% to $ 3,931 in its second at the Angelika 57 and 1% to $ 12,449 in its second at the Angelika.

“Red Rock West” debuted to $ 15,953 at the Cinema Village.

“A Tale of Winter” (MK2 Prods.) climbed 6% to $ 11,206 in its second at the Lincoln Plaza.

“The Blue Kite” (Kino) soared to $ 8,949 in its debut at the Lincoln Plaza.

“Savage Nights” dropped 25% to $ 8,095 in its seventh at the Angelika.

“The Snapper” (Miramax) opened to $ 4,140 at Cineplex Odeon Plaza; it jumped 25% to $ 4,734 in its second at Village East.

“Like Water for Chocolate” (Miramax) slipped 8% to $ 4,489 in its 60th at the Carnegie Hall and opened to $ 3,535 at the Quad.

“Germinal” (Sony Pictures Classics) fell 18% to $ 5,870 in its fifth at the Loews Paris.

“Suture” fell 23% to $ 5,638 in its fourth at the Angelika.

“Ivan and Abraham” (New Yorker) dropped 26% to $ 5,454 in its third at the Lincoln Plaza.

“Fiorile” (Fine Line) held even at $ 5,423 in 10th at Lincoln Plaza.

“Farewell My Concubine” was off 17% to $ 5,398 in its ninth at the Quad.

“Naked” (Fine Line) was down 3% to $ 4,881 in its 17th at the Angelika.

“Mother’s Boys” (Dimension) opened to $ 1,217 at the Criterion Center.

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