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‘Blade’ sharp, ‘Snow’ rises at exclusive B.O.

NEW YORK — Miramax’s “Sling Blade” returned to the top slot on the exclusives roster in its 15th week on the list. Billy Bob Thornton’s Oscar-nominated Southern Gothic sliced $115,996 on seven screens in New York and Los Angeles.

Fox Searchlight’s “Smilla’s Sense of Snow” moved up a notch in its second week. Based on Peter Hoeg’s international bestseller, the Julia Ormond-Gabriel Byrne starrer brought home $88,414 in seven igloos on both coasts.

October’s “Lost Highway” dropped from first to third on the roster in its third lap. David Lynch’s haunting tale rang up $65,043 in seven roadshows on both coasts.

Joining the list on both coasts were Strand Releasing’s “Boys Life 2,” which bowed to $32,068 on two screens, and Miramax’s rap-themed “Rhyme & Reason,” which drummed up $27,304 in six clubs.

Other bicoastal newcomers included Gramercy’s “The Eighth Day,” which grossed $12,518 in two venues, and East-West Partners’ “Good Luck,” which rang up $1,492 on two screens.

Making a strong debut in Gotham was CFP’s “Daytrippers,” which brought home $35,988 on two screens.

First Look’s “Jerusalem” bowed in L.A. with a modest $7,691 on two screens.

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

Los Angeles

“Sling Blade” (Miramax) rose 23% to $18,321 in its seventh at the Laemmle Monica and 6% to $14,354 in its 15th at the Laemmle Sunset 5. It lost 7% to $11,060 in its fourth at the Mann Regent and brought home $11,963 in its first at the AMC Century 14.

“Smilla’s Sense of Snow” (Fox Searchlight) melted 20% to $9,432 in its second at the AMC Century 14, 9% to $9,252 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Broadway and 11% to $5,411 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Kama Sutra” (Trimark) gave up 32% to $6,655 in its second at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion, 31% to $5,215 in its second at the AMC Santa Monica 7 and 37% to $4,899 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Lost Highway” (October) dropped off 50% to $8,411 in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5, 20% to $6,286 in its third at the AMC Santa Monica 7 and 68% to $1,430 in its third at the AMC Century 14.

“Boys Life 2” (Strand) bowed to $12,340 at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Waiting for Guffman” (Sony) climbed 44% to $8,502 in its third at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Jerusalem” (First Look) debuted with $4,820 at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion and $2,871 at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Secrets & Lies” (October) slipped 34% to $4,517 in its 23rd at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion and 26% to $2,931 in its fourth at the AMC Fine Arts.

“Breaking the Waves” (October) soared 111% to $5,442 in its 11th at the Laemmle Monica.

“Hard Eight” (Metromedia) gave up 15% to $2,437 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center and rang up $2,896 in its first at the Mann Fourplex.

“Hamlet” (Sony) gained 24% to $5,069 in its 11th at the Laemmle Royal.

“Rhyme & Reason” (Miramax) bowed to $2,643 at the United Artists Westwood and $1,952 at the Cineplex Odeon Broadway.

“Kolya” (Miramax) dipped 6% to $4,247 in its seventh at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn pavilion.

“The Eighth Day” (Gramercy) debuted with $4,049 at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Ridicule” (Miramax Zoe) dropped 10% to $3,776 in its 14th at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“When We Were Kings” (Gramercy) declined 28% to $3,066 in its fourth at the AMC Century 14.

“Prisoner of the Mountains” (Metromedia) fell 30% to $2,808 in its fifth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Blood and Wine” (Fox Searchlight) surrendered 56% to $1,671 in its third at the AMC Santa Monica 7.

“Zero Kelvin” (Kino Intl.) debuted with $995 at the Landmark Nuart.

“Good Luck” (East/West Partners) bowed to $675 at the Mann Festival.

“Lone Star” (Sony Pictures Classics) slid 51% to $573 in its fourth at the Laemmle Music Hall.

New York

“Smilla’s Sense of Snow” rose 20% to $22,758 in its second at the Sony Lincoln Square. It slipped 26% to $15,984 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Beekman, 12% to $13,424 in its second at the Loews 19th Street East and 26% to $12,153 in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Sling Blade” dipped 1% to $21,757 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon First and 62nd Street and 2% to $21,608 in its 10th at the City Cinemas Angelika. It gained 5% to $16,933 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall.

“Lost Highway” declined 46% to $19,813 in its third at the Loews Village Sevenplex, 27% to $14,023 in its third at the Sony Lincoln Square and 35% to $10,415 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea. It bowed to $4,665 at the Cineplex Odeon First and 62nd Street.

“The Daytrippers” (CFP) debuted with $18,184 at the City Cinemas Angelika and $17,804 at the Lincoln Plaza.

“Kama Sutra” rose 3% to $30,720 in its second at Sony Lincoln Square.

“Secrets & Lies” sacrificed 28% to $12,120 in its 24th at Lincoln Plaza and 8% to $9,440 in its fourth at the Quad. It rose 1% to $8,931 in its third at the Cineplex First and 62nd Street.

“Kolya” fell 5% to $13,939 in its seventh at Lincoln Plaza and 6% to $9,360 in its second at City Cinemas Village East.

“Rhyme & Reason” debuted with $8,395 at the Loews 84th Street Sixplex, $8,024 at the Guild Embassy 46th Street, $4,456 at City Cinemas Village East and $1,834 at the City Cinemas 68th Street Playhouse.

“Boys Life 2” bowed to $19,728 at the Quad.

“When We Were Kings” lost 14% to $17,464 in its fourth at the Sony Lincoln Square.

“Breaking the Waves” fell 26% to $8,042 in its 17th at the City Cinemas Angelika and 9% to $6,135 in its 10th at the City Cinemas Eastside Playhouse.

“Hamlet” surrendered 24% to $12,458 in its 11th at the Loews Paris.

“Prisoner of the Mountains” slipped 25% to $7,183 in its sixth at Lincoln Plaza and gained 2% to $4,948 in its fourth at the Quad.

“Le Samourai” (Artificial Eye) declined 16% to $10,477 in its second at the Film Forum.

“The Eighth Day” debuted with $8,469 at Lincoln Plaza.

“Ridicule” dropped 4% to $5,814 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon 59th Street East and 50% to $2,262 in its third at the Screening Room.

“Hard Eight” surrendered 43% to $4,180 in its second at the Quad and 44% to $3,434 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon 62nd Street and Broadway.

“Gentleman Don’t Eat Poets” (Live Entertainment) bowed to $4,590 at the Cineplex Odeon Waverly Twin.

“Cyclo” (CFP) fell 31% to $4,356 in its fourth at the Film Forum.

“Big Night” (Rysher/Goldwyn) sacrificed 16% to $3,853 in its 16th at the Cineplex Odeon Cinema 3.

“Sudden Manhattan” (Phaedra Cinema) debuted with $2,721 at the Loews 19th Street East.

“Boyfriends” (First Run) gave up 63% to $2,344 in its fourth, a split schedule, at the Cinema Village.

“Flipping” (Dove) bowed to $1,272 at the Guild Embassy 2, 3 and 4.

“Good Luck” bowed to $817 at the Cineplex Odeon Manhattan Twin.

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