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‘Harry’ hastens to No. 1 at exclusive B.O.

Debuts with $322,572 on eight screens in New York and L.A.

NEW YORK — Fine Line’s “Deconstructing Harry,” Woody Allen’s latest film, destroyed the competition at the exclusive box office in its opening weekend.

Allen’s tale of a writer with a complicated erotic life psychoanalyzed $322,572 on eight couches in New York and L.A.

Falling to No. 2 on the roster was Miramax’s “Good Will Hunting,” which captured $94,747 on six expeditions in Gotham and Los Angeles.

The third most popular limited-release film was Miramax’s “The Wings of the Dove,” which rang up $54,522 in eight playdates.

In addition to “Harry,” newcomers included Northern Arts’ “Hugo Pool,” which plumbed $3,620 in two ponds on both coasts.

The following are the weekend grosses of films playing on a limited number of screens on both coasts.

Los Angeles

“Deconstructing Harry” (Fine Line) debuted with $31,544 at the Cineplex Odeon Showcase, $29,364 at the Laemmle Monica, $23,088 at the AMC Century 14 and $22,259 at the United Artists Westwood.

“Good Will Hunting” (Miramax) dropped 41% to $28,521 at the GCC Beverly Connection and 25% to $17,697 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Broadway.

“The Wings of the Dove” (Miramax) fell 46% to $4,089 in its sixth at the Laemmle Sunset 5, 47% to $4,046 in its sixth at the Landmark NuWilshire, 41% to $3,014 in its sixth at the GCC Avco Westwood and 53% to $1,231 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza.

“Bang” (Panorama) bowed to $5,643 at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“The Sweet Hereafter” (Fine Line) faded 52% to $4,970 in its fourth at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 54% to $3,886 in its fourth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Bent” (MGM) dropped 53% to $4,393 in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 59% to $867 in its third at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“The Ice Storm” (Fox Searchlight) gave up 54% to $4,827 in its ninth at the Laemmle Royal.

“Welcome to Sarajevo” (Miramax) surrendered 47% to $3,459 in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Shall We Dance?” (Miramax) fell 43% to $2,606 in its ninth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Ulee’s Gold” (MGM) rang up $1,447 in its first at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Washington Square” (Buena Vista) slipped 9% to $1,232 in its 10th at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Hugo Pool” (Northern Arts) bowed with $1,020 at the Mann Fourplex.

“Let’s Kill All the Lawyers” (Barrister) debuted with $762 at the Laemmle Monica.

“Kiss or Kill” (October) dropped 83% to $641 in its fifth at the Laemmle Monica.

“Mrs. Brown” (Miramax) rang up $294 in its first at the Laemmle Monica and $242 in its first at the Laemmle Music Hall.

New York

“Deconstructing Harry” debuted with $68,314 at the Loews 19th Street East, $55,847 at Lincoln Plaza, $49,147 at City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue, and $43,009 at City Cinemas Village East.

“Good Will Hunting” declined 37% to $57,390 in its second at Sony Lincoln Square, 18% to $24,682 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea and 10% to $23,847 in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika. It rose 11% to $36,087 in its second at the Loews New York Twin.

“The Wings of the Dove” fell 45% to $11,943 in its sixth at the Cineplex Odeon Beekman, 26% to $11,387 in its sixth at the City Cinemas Angelika, 47% to $10,166 in its sixth at the Sony Lincoln Square and 37% to $8,646 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea.

“The Sweet Hereafter” fell 31% to $16,475 in its fourth at Lincoln Plaza and 31% to $13,817 in its fourth at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“The Ice Storm” melted by 27% to $8,648 in its 12th at Lincoln Plaza, 8% to $6,140 in its 12th at the City Cinemas Angelika, 52% to $4,745 in its 12th at City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue, and 32% to $3,315 in its fourth at the City Cinemas Murray Hill.

“Welcome to Sarajevo” declined 35% to $8,899 in its third at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“The Tango Lesson” (Sony Classics) added 2% to $4,473 in its fifth at the Cineplex Odeon Regency and declined 24% to $3,277 in its second at the City Cinemas Village East.

“Bent” gave up 25% to $7,132 in its third at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Washington Square” fell 42% to $5,049 in its 11th at the Paris.

“Shall We Dance?” rang up $4,596 in its first at the Cineplex Odeon 62nd Street and Broadway.

“Twisted” (Leisure Time) slid 49% to $3,048 in its second at the Quad.

“Mrs. Brown” gave up 22% to $2,675 in its second at City Cinemas 86th Street East.

“Hugo Pool” bowed to $2,600 at the Quad.

“Other Voices, Other Rooms” (Artistic License) declined 58% to $1,610 in its second at City Cinemas Village East.

“Happy Together” (Kino) fell 36% to $1,544 in its sixth at the Quad.

“Kiss or Kill” declined 63% to $1,072 in its fifth at the Quad.

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