‘Flynt’ flying high again; ‘Evita’ still radiant

NEW YORK — Sony Pictures’ “The People vs. Larry Flynt” won its battle for the leading slot on the exclu-sives roster with weekend grosses of $293,853 in seven courtrooms in New York and Los Angeles.

It was the second week that Milos Forman’s epic biopic about the founder of Hustler magazine dominated the list. Following the onslaught of specialized releases in the final weeks of the year, there were no newcomers on either coast.

Walt Disney’s “Evita,” Alan Parker’s musical about the charismatic wife of Argentine political leader Juan Peron, rang up $197,433 in two auditoriums for a stunning per-screen gross of $98,717. The Madonna-Antonio Banderas starrer was the second-most popular limited-release pic.

Holding down the No. 3 slot was Paramount’s “Mother,” directed by and starring Albert Brooks. The comedy, about a man who moves back home with his mom after two failed marriages, cooked up $155,027 in two kitchens in New York and L.A.

Miramax’s “Everyone Says I Love You” returned to L.A. after an Oscar-qualifying run with a total gross of $45,017 on two screens.

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

Los Angeles

“The People vs. Larry Flynt” (Sony) rose 24% to $52,837 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Universal City 18, 14% to $28,128 in its second at the AMC Century 14, slipped 13% to $28,066 in its second at the GCC Avco and grew 5% to $26,844 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Broadway.

“Evita” (Walt Disney) gave up 8% to $85,113 in its second at the Pacific Cinerama Dome.

“Mother” (Paramount) was unchanged at $21,778 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center, climbed 40% to $15,186 in its second at the AMC Century 14, dropped 6% to $14,858 in its second at the AMC Santa Monica 7 and brought home $12,220 in its first at the Mann Festival.

“Shine” (Fine Line) added 10% to $15,701 in its seventh at the Laemmle Monica, increased 10% to $10,433 in its sixth at the United Artists Westwood, sacrificed 3% to $10,119 in its seventh at the Cineplex Odeon Showcase and gained 9% to $8,244 in its seventh at the AMC Century 14.

“Everyone Says I Love You” (Miramax) brought in $22,587 in its first at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and $22,430 in its first at the Mann Criterion 6.

“The Portrait of a Lady” (Gramercy) rose 8% to $10,214 in its second at the AMC Santa Monica 7, lost 20% to $11,787 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and added 4% to $6,899 in its second at the AMC Century 14.

“Hamlet” (Castle Rock/Sony) sacrificed 4% to $28,530 in its second at the Laemmle Royal.

“The Crucible” (20th Century Fox) grew 6% to $8,028 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Broadway Santa Monica, dropped 15% to $4,587 in its fourth at the AMC Century 14 and fell 43% to $3,491 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Thieves” (Sony Pictures Classics) lost 28% to $7,744 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 21% to $6,587 in its second at the Laemmle Monica.

“Secrets & Lies” (October) surged 88% to $7,205 in its second at the Laemmle Monica and 106% to $6,749 in its 14th at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Breaking the Waves” (October) soared 197% to $4,022 in its second at the Laemmle Monica and 31% to $6,145 in its second at the AMC Fine Arts.

“Marvin’s Room” (Miramax) rose 16% to $9,256 in its third at the United Artists Westwood.

“Swingers” (Miramax) rose 22% to $6,722 in its second at the Mann Fourplex and rang up $2,041 in its first at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Sling Blade” (Miramax) climbed 109% to $8,664 in its sixth at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Ridicule” (Miramax Zoe) increased 12% to $6,932 in its fifth at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“La Ceremonie” (New Yorker) picked up 25% to $6,130 in its third at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“I’m Not Rappaport” (Gramercy) gained 12% to $5,199 in its second at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Some Mother’s Son” (Castle Rock/Sony) rose 7% to $4,566 in its second at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“The Whole Wide World” (Sony Pictures Classics) increased 38% to $1,452 in its second at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion, fell 28% to $1,401 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and slipped 20% to $1,141 in its sec-ond at the Laemmle Monica.

“Lone Star” (Sony Pictures Classics) climbed 46% to $2,820 in its fourth at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Big Night” (Rysher/Samuel Goldwyn) slipped 18% to $2,547 in its 16th at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Citizen Ruth” (Miramax) brought home $1,343 in its first at the Landmark NuWilshire.

New York

“The People vs. Larry Flynt” increased 29% to $59,743 in its second at the Loews Village Sevenplex, gained 5% to $41,585 in its second at Sony Lincoln Square and slipped 5% to $38,610 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea West.

“Evita” surrendered 4% to $112,320 in its second at Sony Lincoln Square.

“Mother” gained 9% to $33,784 in its second at Loews 72nd Street East, gave up 2% to $29,065 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea and lost 4% to $28,136 in its second at Sony Lincoln Square.

“Shine” climbed 13% to $28,720 in its seventh at City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue, 5% to $23,411 in its sixth at the City Cinemas Angelika, 5% to $18,194 in its seventh at Sony Lincoln Square and 3% to $15,201 in its sec-ond at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea.

“The Portrait of a Lady” surged 40% in its second to $27,886, fell 8% to $21,140 in its second at Sony Lincoln Square and slipped 6% to $21,652 in its second at the Loews Village Sevenplex.

“The Crucible” gave up 9% to $12,965 in its sixth at Sony Lincoln Square, 1% to $11,033 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea, 12% to $10,511 in its third at the City Cinemas Angelika and 21% to $9,579 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Baronet.

“Hamlet” fell 6% to $34,137 in its second at the Loews Paris.

“La Ceremonie” gave up 2% to $20,256 in its third at Lincoln Plaza and 26% to $8,988 in its third at the Quad.

“Some Mother’s Son” sacrificed 19% to $12,478 in its second at Sony Lincoln Square and 11% to $14,884 in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Thieves” gave up 8% to $17,223 in its second at Lincoln Plaza and 19% to $9,528 in its second at the Quad.

“Big Night” dipped 4% to $13,605 in its 16th at Lincoln Plaza and increased 22% to $9,016 in its seventh at the Cineplex Odeon Cinema 3.

“Swingers” picked up 13% to $9,136 in its fourth at the City Cinemas Sutton, grew 35% to $7,308 in its second at the Screening Room and fell 1% to $4,581 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall.

“Marvin’s Room” gave up 5% to $15,550 in its third at Sony Lincoln Square.

“Ridicule” fell 2% to $8,370 in its sixth at Lincoln Plaza and rose 35% to $7,096 in its sixth at the City Cinemas 68th Street Playhouse.

“Secrets & Lies” rose 2% to $15,252 in its 15th at Lincoln Plaza.

“I’m Not Rappaport” slipped 6% to $9,766 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Regency.

“Message to Love” (Strand) increased 18% to $9,621 in its second at the Film Forum.

“Citizen Ruth” increased 6% to $9,489 in its fourth at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“The Whole Wide World” increased 5% to $3,400 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall and slipped 18% to $3,080 in its second at the Quad.

“Sling Blade” rang up $5,849 in its first at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” gave up 3% to $5,112 in its third at the Quad.

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