‘Beauty’ seduces exclusive box office

'Blonde,' 'Mrs. Dalloway' round out top three

Warner Bros.’ “Dangerous Beauty” conquered the exclusive box office throne in its second weekend.

Marshall Herskovitz’s tale of a courtesan, starring Catherine McCormack, bedded $83,239 in nine boudoirs on both coasts.

The second-most-popular limited-release pic was Paramount’s “The Real Blonde,” which rang up $73,395 in seven play-dates in Gotham and L.A.

First Look’s “Mrs. Dalloway,” last week’s leader, fell to No. 3 on the roster. Marleen Gorris’ screen adaptation of the Virginia Woolf novel entertained $57,686 at five tea parties in New York and Los Angeles.

Other newcomers included Buena Vista’s “An Alan Smithee Film,” which brought home $15,447 on five screens on both coasts.

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

Los Angeles

“Dangerous Beauty” (Warner Bros.) faded 27% to $8,909 in its second at the AMC Century 14 and 24% to $8,174 in its second at the GCC Beverly Connection 6. It seduced $6,972 in its first at the Mann Festival, $6,497 at the Cineplex Odeon Broadway, $4,015 at the Cineplex Odeon Universal City 18 and $3,183 at the United Artists Cinema Marina del Rey.

“The Real Blonde” (Paramount) debuted with $6,742 at the AMC Century 14, $6,474 at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center and $4,276 at the Mann Criterion 6.

“Mrs. Dalloway” (First Look) fell 38% to $5,634 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5, 32% to $5,542 in its second at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion and 36% to $4,323 in its second at the Laemmle Monica.

“Live Flesh” (MGM) fell 16% to $10,637 in its fifth at the Laemmle Royal.

“An Alan Smithee Film” (Buena Vista) bowed to $3,991 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and $3,519 at the AMC Century 14.

“Ma Vie En Rose” (Sony Classics) dropped 24% to $5,209 in its 10th at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 10% to $2,065 in its second at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Zero Effect” (Sony) dropped 3% to $3,575 in its fifth at the Mann Regent Westwood and 26% to $2,982 in its fifth at the AMC Century 14.

“Afterglow” (Sony Classics) fell 7% to $4,157 in its third at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life” (Strand) fell 36% to $3,504 in its third at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Four Days in September” (Miramax) gave up 20% to $3,416 in its fifth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“I Love You … Don’t Touch Me” (MGM) declined 60% to $1,389 in its second at the AMC Santa Monica 7 and 66% to $1,175 in its second at the GCC Avco Westwood. It rang up $622 at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Mrs. Brown” (Miramax) surrendred 32% to $2,656 in its third at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Nil by Mouth” (Sony Classics) gave up 47% to $1,496 in its third at the Landmark NuWilshire.

New York

“The Real Blonde” bowed to $19,493 at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea, $14,376 at the Sony Lincoln Square, $12,896 at the Cineplex Odeon Coronet and $11,138 at the Cineplex Odeon Waverly.

“Dangerous Beauty” slid 3% to $15,332 in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika, 12% to $15,320 in its second at the Sony Lincoln Square and 3% to $14,837 in its second at the United Artists 64th Street and Second Avenue.

“Mrs. Dalloway” dipped 9% to $23,985 in its second at Lincoln Plaza and 16% to $18,202 in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Live Flesh” rose 4% to $18,033 in its seventh at the City Cinemas Angelika and 15% to $13,410 in its seventh at Lincoln Plaza.

“Ma Vie En Rose” gained 5% to $8,764 in its 10th at the Quad and 3% to $10,034 in its 10th at Lincoln Plaza.

“The Gingerbread Man” (Polygram) gave up 35% to $6,212 in its sixth at the Cineplex Odeon Coronet and 53% to $4,751 in its sixth at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea.

“Afterglow” fell 10% to $10,478 in its 10th at the Cineplex Odeon Regency.

“Leather Jacket Love Story” (Goldeco/Jour de Fete) gave up 22% to $9,956 in its second at the Quad.

“Nil by Mouth” declined 24% to $9,684 in its fourth at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“The Sweet Hereafter” (Fine Line) gained 14% to $15,833 in its 15th at Lincoln Plaza.

“Views of Merchant Ivory” (Artistic License) climbed 16% to $8,848 in its third at the Paris.

“An Alan Smithee Film” bowed to $3,311 at Sony Lincoln Square, $2,502 at the City Cinemas Village East and $2,124 at the City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue.

“Four Days in September” brought home $6,003 in its first at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“I Love You … Don’t Touch Me” faded 30% to $3,408 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon 62nd Street and Broadway and 53% to $1,820 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon First and 62nd Street. It rang up $747 in its first at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea.

“Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life” fell 29% to $5,592 in its third at the Quad.

“Comrades, Almost a Love Story” (Rim/Peter Chow) sacrificed 37% to $5,320 in its second at Cinema Village.

“Shall We Dance?” (Miramax) rang up $4,754 in its first at the Crown Gotham.

“Mrs. Brown” rang up $4,436 in first at the Crown Gotham.

“The Break” (Castle Hill) dropped 15% to $4,040 in its second at the Quad.

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