Jordan's Irish drama feeds crowds

Warner Bros.’ “The Butcher Boy” carved out its position on top of the exclusives roster during its first weekend.

Neil Jordan’s Irish drama starring Stephen Rea cut up $117,986 in six slaughterhouses on both coasts.

Joining the list in second place was Sony Classics’ “The Spanish Prisoner.” David Mamet’s psychological thriller starring Campbell Scott and Steve Martin locked up $98,435 in five cells in New York and L.A.

Sony Classics’ “Character” was the third most popular limited-release film. Mike van Diem’s Oscar-winning Dutch pic emerged with $35,833 in five sessions in Gotham and Los Angeles.

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

Los Angeles

“The Butcher Boy” (Warner Bros.) debuted with $26,387 at the Laemmle Sunset 5, $16,589 at the Cineplex Odeon Broadway and $14,309 at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“The Spanish Prisoner” (Sony Classics) bowed to $17,141 at the Laemmle Royal and $10,000 at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Dangerous Beauty” (Warner Bros.) faded 16% to $6,982 in its sixth at the Cineplex Odeon Broadway, 14% to $6,293 in its sixth at the Mann Festival Westwood and 8% to $3,698 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza.

“A Price Above Rubies” (Miramax) gained 47% to $7,666 in its second at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion and 7% to $4,560 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Character” (Sony Classics) slipped 32% to $5,167 in its second at the Laemmle Music Hall and 29% to $4,983 in its second at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Love and Death on Long Island” (Lions Gate) fell 21% to $6,179 in its fifth at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 18% to $3,522 in its fifth at the Laemmle Monica.

“No Looking Back” (Gramercy) dropped 33% to $4,104 in its second at the AMC Century 14, 43% to $3,101 in its second at the Laemmle Monica and 48% to $1,898 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Showcase.

“The Proposition” (Polygram) fell 57% to $2,743 in its second at the AMC Century 14, 54% to $2,456 in its second at the GCC Beverly Connection 6, 42% to $1,778 in its second at the Mann Plaza Westwood and 75% to $890 in its second at the AMC Santa Monica 7.

“Taste of Cherry” (Zeitgeist) gave up 40% to $4,731 in its second at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Follow the Bitch” (Gurney) debuted with $4,278 at the Laemmle Monica.

“Men With Guns” (Sony Classics) declined 19% to $3,717 in its fourth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Post Coitum” (New Yorker) surrendered 4% to $3,689 in its third at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Niagara Niagara” (TSG) fell 11% to $3,687 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Live Flesh” (Goldwyn) shriveled 2% to $3,574 in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Fireworks” (Milestone) slipped 31% to $3,558 in its second at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Afterglow” (Sony Classics) sacrificed 17% to $1,883 in its eighth at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Shock Corridor” (Roxie) bowed to $1,874 at the Landmark Nuart.

New York

“The Spanish Prisoner” debuted with $45,006 on two screens at Lincoln Plaza and $26,288 at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“The Butcher Boy” bowed to $24,788 at the City Cinemas Angelika, $21,710 at the Sony Lincoln Square and $14,203 at the Cineplex Odeon Beekman.

“Character” rang up $10,321 in its first at the City Cinemas Angelika and $6,069 in its first at the City Cinemas Eastside Playhouse. It declined 13% to $9,343 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Regency.

“Love and Death on Long Island” rose 1% to $10,780 in its fifth at Lincoln Plaza, dropped 13% to $10,368 in its fifth at the City Cinemas Angelika and brought home $4,262 in its first at the City Cinemas Sutton.

“A Price Above Rubies” slipped 6% to $14,254 in its second at the Paris and 41% to $6,624 in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“No Looking Back” climbed 19% to $8,483 in its second at the United Artists 64th and Second Avenue, declined 54% to $5,342 in its second at the Sony Lincoln Square and 63% to $2,500 in its second at the Loews Village Sevenplex.

“Taste of Cherry” fell 10% to $7,664 in its third at the Lincoln Plaza and 11% to $5,964 in its third at the Quad.

“Mrs. Dalloway” (First Look) gained 21% to $12,213 in its seventh at Lincoln Plaza. It rang up $1,391 in its first at the City Cinemas Village East.

“The Proposition” fell 34% to $6,298 in its second at Sony Lincoln Square and 17% to $6,311 in its second at City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue.

“Fireworks” sacrificed 3% to $11,447 in its third at Film Forum.

“Niagara Niagara” fell 12% to $9,329 in its third at the City Cinemas Village East.

“Post Coitum” surrendered 14% to $6,105 in its fourth at Lincoln Plaza and 28% to $3,080 in its fourth at the Quad.

“Men With Guns” shot up $4,983 in its first at the Cineplex Odeon 62nd Street and slipped 29% to $3,854 in its fifth at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Dangerous Beauty” gave up 18% to $8,079 in its seventh at the United Artists 64th and Second Avenue.

“Genealogies of a Crime” (Strand) fell 14% to $7,200 in its second at the Quad.

“Ma Vie En Rose” (Sony Classics) climbed 28% to $6,632 in its 15th at the Quad.

“Live Flesh” brought home $2,314 in its first at the City Cinemas Village East.

“Eden” (Legacy) rang up $1,709 in its first at the City Cinemas Village East.

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