Exclusive b.o. debut golden for Orion’s ‘Ulee’

NEW YORK — “Ulee’s Gold” panned out for Orion this weekend as the Peter Fonda starrer staked its claim on top of the exclusives roster. Victor Nunez’s tale of a quietly heroic Florida beekeeper tapped $73,393 from five hives on both coasts.

Peter Greenaway’s “The Pillow Book” fell to second place on the list. CFP’s sensual exploration of calligraphy inscribed $51,595 in three bedrooms in New York and Los Angeles.

The third most popular limited-release film was Miramax’s “Temptress Moon,” Chen Kaige’s jazz age period piece — which has been banned in China — about a wealthy Chinese family. “Moon,” which stars Gong Li, seduced $47,638 in three opium dens in Gotham and L.A.

Newcomers included Legacy/ BMG Independents’ “Wedding Bell Blues,” which pledged $10,697 at five altars, and Miramax’s urban tale “Squeeze,” which wrestled $4,141 in two back alleys.

Somford Entertainment’s docu “Waco: The Rules of Engagement” arrived in Gotham and captured $3,688 in one compound.

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

Los Angeles

“Ulee’s Gold” (Orion) bowed to $14,024 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and $12,355 at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Temptress Moon” (Miramax) debuted with $16,198 at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“The Pillow Book” (CFP) dropped 19% to $15,950 in its second at the Landmark Nuart.

“Bliss” (Sony) gained 4% to $5,427 at the AMC Century 14 and 6% to $4,766 in its second at the AMC Santa Monica 7.

“Love! Valour! Compassion!” (Fine Line) dropped 22% to $4,690 in its fifth at the Cineplex Odeon Showcase, 34% to $2,251 in its fifth at the Laemmle Monica and 46% to $2,202 in its fifth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Wedding Bell Blues” (Legacy/ BMG Independents) debuted with $2,788 at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center, $2,318 at the Mann Criterion 6 and $1,698 at the Mann Regent.

“Brassed Off” (Miramax) faded 12% to $5,624 in its fourth at the Laemmle Royal.

“La Promesse” (New Yorker) rang up $5,034 in its first at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Waiting for Guffman” (Sony) climbed 16% to $3,760 in its 17th at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“The Designated Mourner” (First Look) fell 31% to $3,689 in its second at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Kolya” (Miramax) brought home $3,311 in its first at the Laemmle Monica.

“Nowhere” (Fine Line) slipped 25% to $2,958 in its sixth at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“The Van” (Fox Searchlight) gave up 13% to $1,792 in its third at the Laemmle Music Hall and 27% to $1,154 in its third at the United Artists Westwood.

“Squeeze” (Miramax) bowed to $2,173 at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Irma Vep” (Zeitgeist) dropped 34% to $1,933 in its fifth at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Swingers” (Miramax) rang up $1,869 at the Cineplex Beverly Center.

“Timothy Leary’s Dead” (Strand) dropped 40% to $1,717 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Ripe” (Trimark) fell 65% to $1,141 in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Children of the Revolution” (Miramax) fell 31% to $903 in its third at the AMC Fine Arts.

New York

“Ulee’s Gold” debuted with $17,014 at the City Cinemas Angelika, $16,168 at the Cineplex Odeon Regency and $13,832 at the City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue.

“The Pillow Book” fell 33% to $21,814 in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika and 28% to $13,831 in its second at Lincoln Plaza.

“Temptress Moon” bowed to $16,157 at the City Cinemas Angelika and $15,283 at Lincoln Plaza.

“Love! Valour! Compassion!” sacrificed 27% to $7,891 in its fifth at Sony Lincoln Square, 27% to $6,376 in its fifth at Loews 19th Street East, 36% to $4,884 in its fifth at City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue and 32% to $4,761 in its fifth at the Loews Village Sevenplex.

“Brassed Off” dipped 8% to $4,419 in its fourth at the Loews New York Twin and rose 13% to $2,218 in its fourth at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Ponette” (Arrow Releasing) gave up 17% to $4,030 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall, 20% to $3,962 in its fourth at City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue. It brought home $3,269 in its first at the Cineplex Odeon Waverly Twin.

“La Promesse” fell 27% to $5,857 in its fifth at Lincoln Plaza and 29% to $4,036 in its fifth at the Quad.

“Kolya” declined 20% to $6,419 in its 21st at Lincoln Plaza. It rang up $2,707 at City Cinemas 68th Street.

“The Daytrippers” (CFP) surrendered 9% to $6,897 in its 15th at Lincoln Plaza. It brought home $1,732 in its first at the Screening Room.

“The Van” braked 31% to $5,072 in its fifth at the City Cinemas Angelika. It rang up $2,707 at the Cineplex Odeon 62nd Street.

“Diary of a Seducer” (Leisure Time) snared $5,872 in its first at the Quad.

“Bliss” fell 54% to $2,262 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea, 65% to $2,210 in its second at Sony Lincoln Square and 84% to $592 in its second at City Cinemas Village East.

“Flamenco” (New Yorker) surrendered 17% to $5,062 in its eighth at Lincoln Plaza.

“Wedding Bell Blues” debuted with $2,331 at the City Cinemas 68th Street and $1,562 at the Loews Village Sevenplex.

“Waco: The Rules of Engagement” (Somford Entertainment) bowed to $3,688 at the Cinema Village.

“End of Summer” (JGM Enterprises) debuted with $1,784 at the Quad and $655 at the Angelika 57.

“When We Were Kings” (Gramercy) declined 22% to $2,259 in its fifth at the Screening Room.

“Female Perversions” (October) surrendered 51% to $2,008 in its eighth at the Quad.

“Squeeze” bowed to $1,968 at the Loews State.

“Timothy Leary’s Dead” (Strand) sank 59% to $1,304 in its second at the Quad.

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