‘Dance’ steps into top spot; ‘Gold’ mines silver

NEW YORK — Miramax’s “Shall We Dance?” pirouetted into the top spot on the exclusives roster during its first weekend in New York and Los Angeles. Writer-director Masayuki Suo’s Japanese-language comedy waltzed away with $79,031 at four dances.

Falling into second place on the roster was Orion’s “Ulee’s Gold,” which claimed $49,402 in six mines on both coasts. The Victor Nunez film stars Peter Fonda as a stoic Florida beekeeper who demonstrates courage and dignity when his family is threatened.

The third-most popular limited-release film was Peter Greenaway’s “The Pillow Book,” a Cinepix Film Properties release that inscribed $30,615 at six calligraphy lessons in Gotham and L.A.

Joining the list on both coasts was Orion’s “This World, Then the Fireworks,” which set off $11,327 in three explosions.

Making a bold entrance for an independently distributed film was Caryn Horwitz Presents’ “Shooting Porn,” which bared $12,648 in one Gotham studio.

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

Los Angeles

“Shall We Dance?” (Miramax) debuted with $25,370 at the Laemmle Royal and $10,185 at the Cineplex Odeon Showcase.

“Ulee’s Gold” (Orion) faded 18% to $6,738 in its third at the Laemmle Monica, 27% to $5,858 in its fifth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion and 40% to $4,899 in its fifth at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Contempt” (Rialto/Strand) fell 24% to $14,717 in its second at the Landmark Nuart.

“When the Cat’s Away” (Sony Classics) gave up 50%, to $5,046, in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 46% to $4,541 in its second at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“The Pillow Book” (CFP) dropped 17% to $3,297 in its second at the Mann Criterion 6, 16% to $3,015 in its third at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion and drew $1,693 in its first at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“This World, Then the Fireworks” (Orion Classics) debuted with $4,922 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and $2,397 at the Mann Regent.

“Ponette” (Arrow) dropped 45% to $2,719 in its fourth at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Gabbeh” (New Yorker) surrendered 26% to $4,922 in its third at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“For Roseanna” (Fine Line) slipped 37% to $4,823 in its second at the AMC Fine Arts.

“Brassed Off” (Miramax) rang up $4,615 in its first at the Laemmle Monica.

“Temptress Moon” (Miramax) waned 30% to $4,484 in its fifth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Dream With the Fishes” (Sony Classics) declined 31% to $2,672 in its fourth at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Death & the Compass” (Lorenzo O’Brien) bowed to $2,316 at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“La Promesse” (New Yorker) gave up 56% to $2,018 in its fifth at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Waiting for Guffman” (Castle Rock/Sony Classics) fell 54% to $1,586 in its 21st at the Landmark NuWilshire.

New York

“Shall We Dance?” bowed to $23,258 at Lincoln Plaza and $20,218 at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Ulee’s Gold” gained 6% to $11,972 in its fifth at the Cineplex Odeon Regency. It fell 6% to $10,787 in its fifth at the City Cinemas Angelika and 10% to $9,148 in its second at the Crown Gotham.

“The Pillow Book” declined 7% to $11,957 in its sixth at the City Cinemas Angelika and 14% to $3,599 in its second at City Cinemas 68th Street Playhouse. It added 1% to $7,054 in its sixth at Lincoln Plaza.

“Brassed Off” dipped 18% to $7,179 in its eighth at the City Cinemas Angelika, 14% to $4,092 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall and 4% to $4,760 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Beekman.

“Contempt” (Rialto/Strand) fell 8% to $14,266 in its third at the Film Forum.

“Temptress Moon” climbed 2% to $8,503 in its fifth at Lincoln Plaza and fell 26% to $6,639 in its fifth at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“When the Cat’s Away” slipped 7% to $10,283 in its fourth at Lincoln Plaza and 40% to $4,804 in its fourth at the Quad.

“Gabbeh” dropped 15% to $9,879 in its third at Lincoln Plaza and 26% to $4,264 in its third at the Quad.

“Shooting Porn” (Caryn Horwitz Presents) came out with $12,648 at the Quad.

“Dream With the Fishes” descended 22% to $6,869 in its fourth at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“La Promesse” gave up 4% to $5,617 in its ninth at Lincoln Plaza.

“Brilliant Lies” (Castle Hill) bowed to $4,888 at the Quad.

“Love! Valour! Compassion!” (Fine Line) rose 12% to $4,492 in its ninth at City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue.

“This World, Then the Fireworks” bowed to $4,008 at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall.

“For Roseanna” dropped 26% to $3,546 in its fourth at City Cinemas Eastside Playhouse.

“Kolya” (Miramax) rang up $2,913 in its first at Loews 72nd Street East.

“When We Were Kings” (Gramercy) climbed 229% to $2,306 in its second at the Screening Room.

“Spike & Mike’s Animation Festival” (Mellow Manor) fell 32% to $1,903 in its fourth at the Screening Room.

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