Knocks 'Dove' out of top spot

NEW YORK — Miramax’s “Good Will Hunting” bagged the No. 1 slot on the exclusives roster in its first outing.

Gus Van Sant’s tale of a troubled genius working as a janitor at a prestigious university mopped up $272,912 in seven classrooms in New York and L.A. It was scripted by boyhood friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who also star in the pic along with Robin Williams, Stellan Skarsgard and Minnie Driver.

Falling to second on the list was Miramax’s “The Wings of the Dove,” Iain Softley’s screen adaptation of the Henry James novel about a love triangle. “Wings” landed $92,860 in eight cages on both coasts.

Fox Searchlight’s “The Ice Storm” narrowly edged out Fine Line’s “The Sweet Hereafter” for third place. Ang Lee’s 1970s period piece starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver rang up $52,836 in six playdates in Gotham and Los Angeles.

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

Los Angeles

“Good Will Hunting” (Miramax) debuted with $48,101 at the GCC Beverly Connection, $23,527 at the Cineplex Odeon Broadway and $21,437 at the AMC Century 14.

“The Wings of the Dove” sank 46% to $7,622 in its fifth at the Landmark NuWilshire; 40% to $7,610 in its fifth at the Laemmle Sunset 5; 49% to $5,149 in its fifth at the GCC Avco; and 53% to $2,603 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza.

“Welcome to Sarajevo” (Miramax) fell 41% to $5,882 in its second at the Laemmle Monica and 34% to $7,037 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“The Ice Storm” (Fox Search-light) dropped 31% to $10,596 in its eighth at the Laemmle Royal.

“The Sweet Hereafter” (Fine Line) sacrificed 37% to $8,380 in its third at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Shall We Dance?” (Miramax) lost 20% to $4,542 in its eighth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Kiss or Kill” (October) dropped 36% to $3,867 in its fourth at the Laemmle Monica.

“Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day” (Artistic License) dawned with $3,377 at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Office Killer” (Strand) arrived with $2,954 at the Landmark Nuart.

“Bent” (MGM) slipped 54% to $2,251 in its second at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Washington Square” (Buena Vista) expanded 26% to $1,350 in its ninth at the Landmark Samuel Gold-wyn Pavilion.

“Bad Boy Bubby” (P&B Films) rang up $756 in its first at the Land-mark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Mrs. Brown” (Miramax) brought home $604 in its first at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Dogs” (Phaedra) arrived with $595 at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“She’s So Lovely” (Miramax) rang up $326 in its first at the Laemmle Music Hall.

New York

“Good Will Hunting” debuted with $90,564 at the Sony Lincoln Square; $32,544 at the Loews New York Twin; $30,144 at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea; and $26,595 at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“The Wings of the Dove” dropped 35% to $21,712 in its fifth at the Cineplex Odeon Beekman; 27% to $19,032 in its fifth at the Sony Lincoln Square; 21% to $15,486 in its fifth at the City Cinemas Angelika; and 22% to $13,646 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea.

“The Sweet Hereafter” fell 31% to $23,784 in its third at Lincoln Plaza and 19% to $20,044 in its third at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“The Ice Storm” subsided 26% to $11,675 in its 11th; 18% to $9,949 in its 11th at City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue; 21% to $9,041 in its seventh at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea; 31% to $6,664 in its 11th at the City Cinemas Angelika; and 16% to $4,911 in its third at the City Cinemas Murray Hill.

“Welcome to Sarajevo” faded 33% to $14,053 in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika and 32% to $11,279 in its second at Sony Lincoln Square.

“Bent” dropped 46% to $7,823 in its second at Sony Lincoln Square and 45% to $10,132 in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Washington Square” gave up 38% to $8,670 in its 10th at the Paris.

“The Tango Lesson” (Sony Pic-tures Classics) lost 49% to $4,366 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon Regency and brought home $4,284 in its first at the City Cinemas Village East.

“Kiss or Kill” descended 30% to $5,262 in its fourth at Lincoln Plaza and 45% to $2,892 in its fourth at the Quad.

“Shall We Dance?” dropped 29% to $7,874 in its 22nd at Lincoln Plaza.

“Other Voices, Other Rooms” (Artistic License) bowed to $3,803 at the City Cinemas Village East and $2,812 at the City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue.

“Mrs. Brown” rang up $3,422 in its first at City Cinemas 86th Street East and 49% to $3,138 in its fourth at City Cinemas Eastside Playhouse.

“Twisted” (Leisure Time) bowed to $5,968 at the Quad.

“Happy Together” (Kino) gave up 27% to $2,420 in its fifth at the Quad.

“The House of Yes” (Miramax) fell 37% to $1,694 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon 62nd Street.

“Tar” (Mongrel Movies) lost 50% to $1,416 in its second at the Guild Embassy 2, 3 and Four.

“Bang” (Panorama) surrendered 68% to $1,040 in its second at the Quad.

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