‘Company’ corners exclusives’ No. 1 spot

NEW YORK — Sony Pictures Classics’ “In the Company of Men” mounted a hostile takeover of the top slot on the exclusives roster during its first weekend.

The feature debut of playwright Neil LaBute, “Company” counted $86,986 in five boardrooms on both coasts. LaBute’s chilling tale of corporate life stars newcomers Aaron Eckhart, Matt Malloy and Stacy Edwards.

Miramax’s “Shall We Dance?” was the second-most-popular limited-release pic. Masayuki Suo’s romantic comedy about a Japanese businessman’s secret passion waltzed away with $75,756 in five ballrooms in Gotham and L.A.

Miramax’s “Mrs. Brown” commanded third place on the roster. John Madden’s period piece about the unusual friendship between Queen Victoria and servant John Brown courted $75,120 in six royal chambers on both coasts.

Joining the list in New York and Los Angeles was Miramax’s “Love Serenade,” about two sisters who try to hook a worldly deejay newly arrived in their small town. Australian helmer Shirley Barrett’s dark comedy reeled in $45,600 from four ponds.

L.A. newcomers included Trimark’s “Box of Moonlight,” which wrapped up $13,360 on two screens, and CFP’s Cuban-themed “Guantanamera,” which rang up $9,625 at one playdate.

The following are the grosses of films playing on a limited number of screens in New York and Los Angeles.

Los Angeles

“Shall We Dance?” (Miramax) climbed 3% to $21,013 in its fourth at the Laemmle Royal and 20% to $7,695 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon Showcase.

“In the Company of Men” (Sony Classics) debuted with $12,725 at the Laemmle Sunset 5, $9,092 at the Laemmle Monica and $6,238 at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Mrs. Brown” (Miramax) gained 7% to $10,033 in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5, 6% to $9,098 in its third at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion and 2% to $7,736 in its third at the Laemmle Monica.

“Star Maps” (Fox Searchlight) declined 30% to $16,260 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 29% to $7,793 in its second at the Laemmle Monica.

“Kiss Me Guido” (Paramount) slipped 17% to $16,770 in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and brought home $3,156 in its first at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Love Serenade” (Miramax) bowed to $8,804 at the Landmark NuWilshire and $6,036 at the AMC Fine Arts.

“Box of Moonlight” (Trimark) debuted with $7,833 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and $5,527 at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Ulee’s Gold” (Orion) faded 8% to $4,402 in its sixth at the Laemmle Monica. It rang up $3,847 in its first at the AMC Century 14, $2,564 in its first at the Mann Fourplex and $2,084 in its first at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Guatanamera” (CFP) bowed to $9,625 at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Butch Camp” (Billingsgate) debuted with $3,258 at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Alive and Kicking” (First Look) debuted with $3,062 at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Contempt” (Rialto/Strand) descended 39% to $2,935 in its third at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Ponette” (Arrow) slipped 26% to $2,463 in its seventh at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Gabbeh” (New Yorker) fell 37% to $1,804 in its sixth at the Laemmle Music Hall.

New York

“In the Company of Men” debuted with $34,499 at the City Cinemas Angelika and $24,432 at Lincoln Plaza.

“Mrs. Brown” brought home $17,391 at the City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue. It slipped 12% to $16,765 in its third at the City Cinemas Angelika and 4% to $14,097 in its third at Sony Lincoln Square.

“Shall We Dance?” fell 4% to $19,186 in its fourth at Lincoln Plaza and 14% to $15,040 in its fourth at the City Cinemas Angelika. It gained 23% to $12,822 in its second at the Loews 72nd Street.

“Kiss Me Guido” sank 17% to $12,896 in its third at Sony Lincoln Square, 20% to $11,334 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea and 54% to $9,209 in its third at the Loews Village Sevenplex.

“Love Serenade” bowed to $16,222 at the City Cinemas Angelika and $14,540 at Lincoln Plaza.

“Ulee’s Gold” declined 3% to $9,935 in its eighth at the Cineplex Odeon Regency, 19% to $5,206 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Park and 86th Street, and 12% to $4,482 in its third at the City Cinemas Eastside Playhouse. It brought home $6,619 in its first at the Cineplex Odeon Waverly Twin.

“Star Maps” fell 19% to $12,188 in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika, and 14% to $7,439 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon 62nd Street and Broadway.

“Guatanamera” sacrificed 17% to $11,976 in its second at Lincoln Plaza and 16% to $6,448 in its second at the Quad.

“When the Cat’s Away” (Sony Classics) climbed 16% to $9,672 in its seventh at Lincoln Plaza and 21% to $6,128 in its seventh at the Quad.

“Day for Night” (Kit Parker) gave up 26% to $12,872 in its second at the Paris.

“A Life Apart” (First Run) bowed to $12,408 at the Quad.

“Box of Moonlight” declined 26% to $9,716 in its second at Sony Lincoln Square.

“Alive and Kicking” dropped 25% to $7,032 in its second at the Quad.

“The Pillow Book” (CFP) fell 39% to $6,446 in its ninth at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Gabbeh” surrendered 30% to $5,589 in its sixth at Lincoln Plaza.

“Shooting Porn” (Caryn Horwitz) descended 37% to $4,200 in its fourth at Cinema Village.

“Temptress Moon” (Miramax) rose 64% to $4,165 in its third at City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue.

“Brassed Off” (Miramax) rose 41% to $4,080 in its sixth at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall.

“4 Little Girls” (Green Valley) rang up $2,572 in its first at the Screening Room.

“Cafe Society” (Raymond De Felitta) sacrificed 40% to $2,217 in its third at the Screening Room.

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