‘Hamlet’ rules kingdom of B.O. exclusives

Castle Rock/Sony’s “Hamlet” was the exclusive box office king for the four-day holiday period. The Great Dane tale rang up $66,699 in just two hardtops in Gotham and Los Angeles. While weather was gorgeous in the L.A. area during the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, it wasn’t enough to dissuade theatergoers who coughed up $28,501 for the epic directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh.

“Hamlet” rose to the top of the exclusives list after “Mother,” “Everyone Says I Love You” and “The Portrait of a Lady” all widened their releases.

Miramax’s “Albino Alligator,” the Kevin Spacey-helmed pic, debuted in second place with $59,428 in three theaters in New York and one in L.A. Pic was the only film that debuted on both coasts over the weekend.

Miramax’s “Marvin’s Room” was the third favorite among bicoastal auds, grabbing $52,482 in six theaters on both coasts.

Following are four-day, holiday weekend grosses (unless otherwise noted) for films playing on a limited number of screens in New York and L.A.

Los Angeles

“Hamlet” (Castle Rock/Sony Pictures) Daned to rise 11% to $28,501, in its fourth at the Laemmle Royal.

“Albino Alligator” (Miramax) snapped up $20,713 in its first at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Sling Blade” (Miramax) shot up 74% to $18,863 in its eighth at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Marvin’s Room” (Miramax) dipped 4% to $8,070 in its second at the GCC Beverly Connection, 11% to $5,235 in its fifth at the UA Westwood and 34% to $2,819 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza.

“Secrets & Lies” (October) rose 19% to $6,245 in its 16th at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion Cinemas and 8% to $6,206 in its fourth at the Laemmle Monica.

“Breaking the Waves” (October) rose 4% to $7,507 in its fourth at the Laemmle Monica, but dipped 7% to $3,745 in its fourth at the AMC Fine Arts. (Figures available only for three days at this theater.)

“Walkabout” (Films Inc.) walked in $10,506 in its first at the Landmark Nuart.

“Thieves” (Sony Pictures Classics) dipped only 1% to $5,363 in its fourth at the Laemmle Sunset 5, and rose 14% to $4,172 in its fourth at the Laemmle Monica.

“Ridicule” (CFP/Miramax) diminished 15% to $5,355 in its seventh at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“La Ceremonie” (New Yorker) dropped 8% to $4,984 in its fifth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Some Mother’s Sons” (Castle Rock/Sony) blipped up 1% to $3,522 in its fourth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“I’m Not Rappaport” (Gramercy) fell 10% to $3,471 in its fourth at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“The Whole Wide World” (Sony) swelled 51% to $995 in its second at the Laemmle Music Hall.

New York

“Albino Alligator” devoured $16,424 in its first at the City Cinemas Angelika, $16,085 in its first at Sony Lincoln Square and $6,206 in its debut at the Coronet.

“Hamlet” ascended 18% to $38,198 in its fourth at the Loews Paris.

“Marvin’s Room” fell 7% to $14,253 in its fifth at Sony Lincoln Square, 31% to $11,246 in its second at the City Cinemas Village East and 16% to $10,859 in its second at the City Cinemas 68th Street Playhouse.

“Breaking the Waves” dropped 1% to $17,495 in its 10th at the City Cinemas Angelika, but crested 10% to $13,311 at the City Cinemas Lincoln Playhouse.

“La Ceremonie” subsided 20% to $14,610 in its fifth at the Lincoln Plaza and 20% to $8,184 in its fifth at the Quad.

“Some Mother’s Sons” declined 3% to $12,150 in its fourth at Sony Lincoln Square and 18% to $8,695 in its fourth at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Thieves” dropped 10% to $12,353 in its fourth at Lincoln Plaza and 27% to $7,980 in its fourth at the Quad.

“Secrets & Lies” grew 6% to $13,377 in its 17th at the Sony Lincoln Square, but tumbled 38% to $5,697 in its second at the City Cinemas Village East.

“Ridicule” rose 7% to $10,633 in its eighth at the Lincoln Plaza.

“Sling Blade” launched 17% to $6,838 (three days) at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Caught” (Sony Pictures Classics) seized $6,104 in its first at the Quad.

“I’m Not Rappaport” lost 33% to $3,471 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon Regency, and 28% to $2,235 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon First and 62nd Street.

“The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” (Sony Pictures Classics) drooped 19% to $4,628 in its fifth at the Quad.

“The Whole Wide World” added 24% to $4,188 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall.

“Vertigo” (Universal) spun up $1,588 in its first at the Cinema Village.

“Screwed” (Cinema Village Features) spilled 71% to $1,352 in its second at the Cinema Village.

“Microcosmos” (Miramax) bowed with $1,129 at the Cineplex Odeon 34th Street.

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