'Dangerous Beauty,' 'Live Flesh' round out top three

First Look’s “Mrs. Dalloway” starring Vanessa Redgrave led the exclusives roster during its first outing.

Marleen Gorris’ screen adaptation of the Virginia Woolf novel set on a single day in 1923 captured $71,963 in five sittings on both coasts.

The second most popular limited-release pic was Warner Bros.’ erotic costumer “Dangerous Beauty.”

Marshall Herskovitz’s tale of a courtesan entertained $71,737 in five liaisons in New York and Los Angeles.

MGM’s “Live Flesh” bedded down the No. 3 position on the list with grosses of $45,954 in three bedrooms in Gotham and L.A.

Newcomers included MGM’s “I Love You … Don’t Touch Me,” which massaged $27,351 in eight sessions, and Jour de Fete’s “Leather Jacket Love Story,” which zipped up $12,784 on one screen.

The following are the weekend grosses of films playing on a limited number of screens.

Los Angeles

“Mrs. Dalloway” (First Look) bowed to $9,030 at the Laemmle Sunset 5, $8,165 at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion and $6,804 at the Laemmle Monica.

“Dangerous Beauty” (Warner Bros.) debuted with $12,492 at the AMC Century 14 and $10,695 at the GCC Beverly Connection 6.

“Zero Effect” (Sony) dropped 29% to $4,031 in its fourth at the AMC Century 14, 28% to $3,987 in its fourth at the AMC Santa Monica 7 and 13% to $3,672 in its fourth at the Mann Regent. It rang up $2,793 in its first at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“I Love You … Don’t Touch Me” (MGM) arrived with $3,983 at the AMC Century 14, $3,501 at the AMC Santa Monica 7, $3,497 at the GCC Avco Westwood and $2,417 at the Cineplex Odeon Showcase.

“Live Flesh” (MGM) withered 14% to $12,729 in its fourth at the Laemmle Royal.

“Ma Vie En Rose” (Sony Classics) climbed 14% to $6,850 in its ninth at the Laemmle Sunset 5. It brought home $2,292 in its first at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“The Sweet Hereafter” (Fine Line) faded 16% to $5,628 in its third at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life” (Strand) declined 53% to $5,463 in its second at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Hurricane Streets” (MGM) lost 46% to $3,631 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5, 71% to $811 in its second at the GCC Avco Westwood, 79% to $618 in its second at the Laemmle Monica and 95% to $143 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Universal City 18.

“Afterglow” (Sony Classics) climbed 7% to $4,471 in its second at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Four Days in September” (Miramax) gave up 10% to $4,294 in its fourth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Love Walked In” (Sony) arrived with $1,347 at the Mann Criterion 6, $933 at the Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza and $839 at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Nil by Mouth” (Sony Classics) dropped 20% to $2,809 in its second at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Mother & Son” (Intl. Film Circuit) bowed to $2,550 at the Landmark Nuart.

“Ulee’s Gold” (MGM) rang up $579 in its first at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center and $111 at the AMC Century 14.

New York

“Dangerous Beauty” bowed to $17,504 at Sony Lincoln Square, $15,768 at the City Cinemas Angelika and $15,278 at the United Artists 64th Street and Second Avenue.

“Mrs. Dalloway” debuted with $26,299 at Lincoln Plaza and $21,665 at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Live Flesh” lost 6% to $17,417 in its sixth at the City Cinemas Angelika and 9% to $15,808 in its sixth at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

“The Gingerbread Man” (Polygram) sacrificed 3% to $10,075 in its fifth at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea and 11% to $9,660 in its fifth at the Sony Lincoln Square. It gained 4% to $9,569 in its fifth at the Cineplex Odeon Coronet.

“Ma Vie en Rose” slipped 21% to $9,699 in its ninth at Lincoln Plaza and 24% to $8,312 in its ninth at the Quad.

“Zero Effect” faded 21% to $6,280 in its fourth at the Loews Village Sevenplex, 23% to $5,917 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea and 47% to $4,562 in its third at Sony Lincoln Square.

“Hurricane Streets” declined 39% to $4,418 in its second at Loews 19th Street East, 59% to $4,193 in its second at the Sony Lincoln Square and 52% to $1,798 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon First and 62nd Street. It brought home $3,952 in its first at City Cinemas Village East.

“I Love You … Don’t Touch Me” bowed to $4,865 at the Cineplex Odeon 62nd Street, $3,914 at the Cineplex Odeon First and 62nd Street, $3,218 at the Cineplex Odeon Waverly Twin and $1,956 at the Cineplex Odeon Metro Twin.

“The Sweet Hereafter” sacrificed 6% to $13,836 in its 14th at Lincoln Plaza.

“Leather Jacket Love Story” (Jour de Fete) debuted with $12,784 in its first at the Quad.

“Nil by Mouth” sank 20% to $12,693 in its third at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Mrs. Brown” (Miramax) rose 19% to $7,807 in its second at the City Cinemas 86th Street East and lost 37% to $4,181 in its second at the City Cinemas Sutton.

“Afterglow” surrendered 7% to $11,681 in its ninth at the Cineplex Odeon Regency.

“Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life” fell 28% to $7,852 in its second at the Quad.

“Views of Merchant Ivory” (Artistic License) dipped 9% to $7,599 in its second at the Paris.

“Comrades, Almost a Love Story” (Rim/Peter Chow) bowed to $5,920 at the Cinema Village.

“The Break” (Castle Hill) debuted with $4,780 at the Quad.

“Shall We Dance?” (Miramax) rang up $3,777 in its first at the City Cinemas Sutton.

“Four Days in September” climbed 33% to $2,874 in its second at the City Cinemas Village East.

“Love Walked In” bowed to $1,210 at the Loews 19th Street East and $1,182 at the City Cinemas Village East.

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