‘Pillow Book’ rouses exclusives, ousts ‘Love!’

NEW YORK — Cinepix Film Properties’ “The Pillow Book” roused the exclusives list from its slumber with grosses of $70,883 in three libraries on both coasts, for a lively per-screen average of $23,627.

During its first weekend, Peter Greenaway’s bedtime story ousted Fine Line’s “Love! Valour! Compassion!” from the top of the roster, where it had remained for three weeks. “Book” stars Vivian Wu and “Trainspotting’s” Ewan McGregory as lovers who explore the sensual pleasures of body painting.

“Love!” brought home $47,738 on six screens in Gotham and Los Angeles and fell to second place on the list. Based on Terrence McNally’s hit play about a group of gay men who share a weekend house, pic stars “Seinfeld’s” Jason Alexander.

Sony’s “Bliss” overcame mixed reviews and joined the roster in the No. 3 slot. Lance Young’s film about a married woman who discovers her sexuality with help from an iconoclastic therapist revealed $24,650 on five psychiatrists’ couches on both coasts.

Also making its debut was Strand Releasing’s “Timothy Leary’s Dead,” a documentary about the legendary LSD guru. Pic dropped $7,752 in three crashpads in Gotham and L.A.

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

Los Angeles

“The Pillow Book” (CFP) opened to $19,074 at the Landmark Nuart.

“Love! Valour! Compassion!” (Fine Line) faded 29% to $5,990 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon Showcase, 3% to $4,102 in its fourth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion and 15% to $3,412 in its fourth at the Laemmle Monica.

“Bliss” (Sony) bowed to $5,231 at the AMC Century 14 and $4,498 at the AMC Santa Monica 7.

“The Van” (Fox Searchlight) braked 19% to $2,885 in its second at the Landmark NuWilshire, 22% to $2,067 in its second at the Laemmle Music Hall and 16% to $1,591 in its second at the United Artists Westwood.

“Brassed Off” (Miramax) climbed 23% to $6,389 in its third at the Laemmle Royal.

“La Promesse” (New Yorker) rang up $6,029 in its first at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Ripe” (Trimark) decayed 51% to $3,281 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 55% to $2,149 in its second at the Laemmle Monica.

“The Designated Mourner” (First Look) debuted with $5,350 at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Timothy Leary’s Dead” (Strand) bowed to $2,866 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and $1,678 at the Laemmle Monica.

“A Tickle in the Heart” (Kino) bowed to $4,110 at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Nowhere” (Fine Line) dropped 38% to $3,723 in its fifth at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Waiting for Guffman” (Castle Rock/Sony) slipped 15% to $3,247 in its 16th at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Irma Vep” (Zeitgeist) fell 32% to $2,932 in its fourth at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Fetishes” (Cinema Village Releasing) gave up 48% to $2,201 in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Rough Magic” (Samuel Goldwyn) fell 61% to $1,340 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 63% to $808 in its second at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Swingers” (Miramax) picked up 25% to $2,054 in its fifth at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Kolya” (Miramax) declined 47% to $1,769 in its 20th at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Drunks” (BMG/Northern Arts) faded 61% to $1,407 in its second at the Mann Fourplex.

New York

“The Pillow Book” bowed to $32,557 at the City Cinemas Angelika and $19,252 at Lincoln Plaza.

“Love! Valour! Compassion!” fell 13% to $10,792 in its fourth at Sony Lincoln Square, 20% to $8,742 in its fourth at the Loews 19th Street East, 1% to $7,680 in its fourth at City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue and 20% to $7,020 in its fourth at Loews Village Sevenplex.

“Ponette” (Arrow) slipped 9% to $8,840 in its third at the City Cinemas Angelika, 29% to $4,847 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall and 28% to $4,930 in its third at the City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue.

“Bliss” bowed to $6,294 at Sony Lincoln Square, $4,876 at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea and $3,751 at the City Cinemas Village East.

“Brassed Off” rose 11% to $6,410 in its third at the City Cinemas Angelika and $4,786 in its third at the Loews New York Twin. It fell 48% to $3,367 in its third at Sony Lincoln Square.

“La Promesse” declined 13% to $7,986 in its fourth at Lincoln Plaza and 14% to $5,688 in its fourth at the Quad.

“The Van” skidded 16% to $7,347 in its fourth at the City Cinemas Angelika and 15% to $4,867 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon Regency.

“The Daytrippers” slid 4% to $7,513 in its 14th at Lincoln Plaza and 44% to $2,650 in its eighth at City Cinemas Village East.

“Kolya” dropped 20% to $8,036 in its 20th at Lincoln Plaza and rang up $1,351 at the Screening Room.

“The Designated Mourner” dropped 41% to $3,587 in its third at City Cinemas Village East and 32% to $3,105 in its sixth at City Cinemas 68th Street Playhouse.

“Flamenco” (New Yorker) dipped 11% to $6,109 in its seventh at Lincoln Plaza.

“Diary of a Seducer” fell 14% to $5,878 in its sixth at Lincoln Plaza.

“Female Perversions” (October) gave up 28% to $4,072 in its seventh at the Quad.

“Timothy Leary’s Dead” bowed to $3,208 at the Quad.

“Kama Sutra” gave up 1% to $3,193 in its sixth at the Angelika 57.

“Nowhere” fell 45% to $3,008 in its fifth at the Quad.

“Rough Magic” gave up 13% to $2,536 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon 62nd Street and Broadway.

“Mondo” (Shadow) gave up 66% to $1,880 in its second at the Quad.

“Follow Me Home” (New Millennia) surrendered 59% to $185 in its sixth at the Angelika.

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