‘Monty’ grinds out second week atop exclusives

NEW YORK — Fox Searchlight’s “The Full Monty” continued to work up a sweat as it topped the exclusives list for the second week.

Peter Cattaneo’s comedy about a group of unemployed steelworkers who become strippers bared $151,498 on five stages in New York and Los Angeles for a whopping per-screen average of $30,300.

October’s “Career Girls” was the second-most-popular limited-release film. Mike Leigh’s story of two college chums who hold a weekend reunion brought home $57,450 in six playdates on both coasts.

Close behind was Miramax’s Japanese-language film “Shall We Dance?,” which waltzed away with $56,259 in five ballrooms in New York and L.A. to capture the No. 3 slot.

Joining the list was CFP’s “Sunday,” the Sundance grand jury prize-winner. Jonathan Nossiter’s gritty tale of a one-day love affair based on mistaken identity seduced $21,732 on three screens in Gotham and Los Angeles. Other newcomers included New Yorker’s “Flamenco,” which made a dramatic entrance on the West Coast with $15,766 in one dance hall, and Zeitgeist’s “Fire,” which sparked $14,384 in one Gotham inferno.

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

Los Angeles

“The Full Monty” (Fox Searchlight) rose 5% to $32,363 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 6% to $32,335 in its second at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Shall We Dance?” (Miramax) slipped 2% to $17,132 in its seventh at the Laemmle Royal. It brought home $4,530 in its first at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Flamenco” (New Yorker) bowed to $15,766 at the Landmark Nuart.

“In the Company of Men” (Sony Classics) dropped 39% to $7,469 in its fourth at the Laemmle Sunset 5, 21% to $5,027 in its fourth at the Laemmle Monica and 13% to $3,237 in its fourth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Career Girls” (October) fell 24% to $6,440 in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5, 27% to $4,958 in its third at the Laemmle Monica and 16% to $4,156 in its third at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Sunday” (CFP) debuted with $6,338 at the Laemmle Monica and $5,541 at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Mrs. Brown” (Miramax) sacrificed 13% to $4,269 in its sixth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion, 6% to $3,834 in its sixth at the Laemmle Monica and 13% to $2,494 in its second at the AMC Fine Arts.

“Star Maps” (Fox Searchlight) fell 31% to $6,664 in its fifth at the Laemmle Sunset 5. It rang up $1,611 in its first at the United Artists Westwood.

“Dirty Dancing” (Live Entertainment re-release) bowed to $5,396 at the AMC Century 14 and $2,869 at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Paperback Romance” (MGM) surrendered 34% to $3,507 in its second at the AMC Century 14 and 34% to $1,556 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Guantanamera” (CFP) yielded 11% to $4,024 in its fourth at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“The Delta” (Strand) gave up 51% to $3,584 in its second at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Love Serenade” (Miramax) faded 34% to $3,429 in its fourth at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Kiss Me Guido” (Paramount) rang up $3,311 at the Cineplex Odeon Showcase.

New York

“The Full Monty” remained unchanged at $32,863 in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika. It lost 22% to $24,978 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Coronet and brought home $28,959 in its first at Lincoln Plaza.

“Career Girls” sacrificed 22% to $20,915 in its third at the City Cinemas Angelika, 28% to $12,461 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Regency and 19% to $8,520 in its second at the City Cinemas Eastside Playhouse.

“In the Company of Men” declined 20% to $17,926 in its fourth at the City Cinemas Angelika and 47% to $13,397 in its fourth at Lincoln Plaza. It rang up $8,802 in its first at City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue.

“Shall We Dance?” slipped 20% to $13,235 in its seventh at Lincoln Plaza and 14% to $9,674 in its fifth at Loews 72nd Street East. It climbed 12% to $11,958 in its seventh at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Mrs. Brown” fell 18% to $10,794 in its fourth at City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue and 26% to $8,638 in its sixth at the City Cinemas Angelika. It brought home $1,497 in its first at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall.

“Kiss Me Guido” dropped 27% to $8,048 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea and 23% to $7,072 in its sixth at Sony Lincoln Square.

“Fire” (Zeitgeist) debuted with $14,384 at the Quad.

“Sunday” (CFP) debuted with $9,853 at the Film Forum.

“Guantanamera” rose 12% to $9,735 in its fifth at Lincoln Plaza.

“A Life Apart” (First Run) fell 9% to $8,156 in its fourth at the Quad.

“Dirty Dancing” bowed to $4,561 at the Cineplex Odeon 62nd Street and $2,995 at the Cineplex Chelsea.

“The Delta” gave up 32% to $7,368 in its second at the Quad.

“Contempt” (reissue by Rialto/Strand) rang up $7,108 in its first at the Lincoln Plaza.

“Love Serenade” fell 21% to $5,661 in its fourth at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Ulee’s Gold” (MGM) fell 43% to $1,749 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall and rang up $3,798 in its first at the Cineplex Odeon 59th Street.

“When the Cat’s Away” (Sony Classics) gave up 8% to $4,085 in its second at City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue.

“Mon Homme” (Artificial Eye) surrendered 18% to $3,488 in its second at the Quad.

“The Pillow Book” (CFP) fell 58% to $2,287 in its third at City Cinemas Village East.

“Paperback Romance” withered 72% to $717 in its second at the City Cinemas Village East and 81% to $682 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall.

“Box of Moonlight” (Trimark) fell 14% to $1,248 in its second at the Screening Room.

“Star Maps” rang up $1,198 in its first at the Screening Room.

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