‘Friends’ gets load of visitors

No 'Slum'-ming for Fox pic

Proving once again that not-nice guys finish first, Gramercy Pictures’ “Your Friends and Neighbors” led the exclusives roster in its second weekend.

Writer-director Neil Labute’s take-no-prisoners battle of the sexes won $109,278 in six skirmishes in Gotham and Los Angeles.

Fox Searchlight’s “Slums of Beverly Hills,” Tamara Jenkins’ story of a teenage girl coming of age on the fringes of 90210, came in second on the exclusives list, collecting $94,423 from seven tenants on both coasts.

Miramax’s “Next Stop Wonderland” pulled into third place. Brad Anderson’s romantic comedy of Boston singles looking for love, collected $77,182 from six stations in New York and L.A.

The only newcomer on both coasts was Lions Gate’s animated feature “I Married a Strange Person.” Bill Plympton’s film drew $13,472 on two easels.

In New York, First Look’s “A Merry War” laughed all the way to $20,506 on two battlefields, Zeitgeist’s psychological thriller “See the Sea” swam to $10,268 on one shore, and the docu “Concert of Wills: Making of the Getty Center” constructed $6,451 at one Gotham site.

In Los Angeles, the re-release of Orson Welles’ melodrama, “The Lady From Shanghai” kidnapped $7,927 from one waterfront.

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

New York

“Your Friends and Neighbors” (Gramercy) faded 9% to $25,088 in its second at the Lincoln Plaza, 31% to $21,153 in its second at the Loews Cineplex 19th Street East and 18% to $15,883 in its second at the Loews Cineplex First & 62nd Street.

“Slums of Beverly Hills” (Fox Searchlight) improved 3% to $23,031 in its third at the City Cinemas Angelika and 3% to $15,414 in its third at the Loews Cineplex 62nd and Broadway. It remain unchanged with $13,509 in its third at City Cinemas 1, 2, and Third Avenue.

“Next Stop, Wonderland” (Miramax) slowed down 1% to $17,191 in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika. It picked up 14% to $13,560 in its second at City Cinemas 1, 2, and Third Avenue, and dropped off 7% to $12,610 in its second at Loews Cineplex Lincoln Square.

“The Eel” (New Yorker) shed 13% to $13,710 in its second at the Lincoln Plaza and 4% to $10,108 in its second at the Quad.

“The Opposite of Sex” (Sony Classics) sank 14% to $11,724 at the City Cinemas Angelika but rebounded 14% to $9,752 in its 14th at the Loew Cineplex Regency.

“A Merry War” (First Look) debuted to $14,899 at the Lincoln Plaza and $5,607 at the Loews Cine-plex First & 62nd St.

“Pi” (Artisan) subtracted 5% to $18,825 in its eighth at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“The Governess” (Sony Classics) increased 5% to $15,878 in its fifth at the Paris.

“Nights of Cabiria” (Rialto) dropped 4% to $8,493 in its ninth at the Lincoln Plaza and 7% to $6,156 in its eighth at the Quad.

“Buffalo 66” (Lions Gate) gained 9% to $11,915 in its 10th at City Cinemas Angelika.

“See the Sea” (Zeitgeist) bowed to $10,268 at the Quad.

“The Thief” (Stratosphere) declined 8% to $10,223 in its ninth at the Lincoln Plaza.

“Unmade Beds” (Chelsea) tidied up 9% to $7,871 in its fourth at the Screening Room.

“Young Girls of Rochefort” (Miramax) swooned 4% to $7,665 in its third at the Film Forum.

“I Married a Strange Person” (Lions Gate) debuted to $6,865 at City Cinemas Angelika.

“Smoke Signals” (Miramax) puffed up 13% to $6,862 in its second at the City Cinemas Village East.

“Concert of Wills: Making of the Getty Center” (Maysles Films) bowed to $6,451 at the Film Forum.

“Western” (New Yorker) slipped 27% to $4,848 in its sixth at the Lincoln Plaza.

“The Chambermaid on the Titanic” (Goldwyn) sank 13% to $4,212 in its third at the Quad.

“Gadjo Dilo” (Lions Gate) dropped 43% to $4,074 in its fourth at the Lincoln Plaza.

“Gone With the Wind” (New Line) blew in $2,573 in its first at the Loews Cineplex 59th St. East.

Los Angeles

“Your Friends and Neighbors” dropped 19% to $22,459 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5, 4% to $16,763 in its second at the Laemmle Monica 4, and 18% to $7,932 in its second at the AMC Century 14.

“Slums of Beverly Hills” deteriorated 10% to $17,130 in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5, 1% to $12,213 in its third at the Laemmle Monica 4, and 7% to $8,281 in its third at the AMC Century 14. It rang up $4,845 in its first at the Loews Cineplex Universal City 18.

“Next Stop, Wonderland” slid 12% to $13,212 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5, 6% to $10,599 in its second at the Laemmle Monica 4, and 8% to $10,010 in its second at the Landmark Westside Pavilion.

“Pi” declined 7% to $9,161 in its fourth at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 24% to $4,527 in its fourth at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Smoke Signals” faded 34% to $4,157 in its tenth at the Landmark Westside Pavilion. It ignited $2,359 in its first at the Mann Fourplex and $2,244 in its first at the Loews Cineplex Beverly Center.

“The Lady from Shanghai” (Columbia Pictures Repertory) bowed to $7,927 at the Landmark Fine Arts.

“I Married a Strange Person” debuted to $6,607 at the Landmark Nuart.

“The Governess” chalked up 13% to $6,498 in its fifth at the Laemmle Royal.

“Gadjo Dilo” dipped 11% to $3,040 in its third at the Landmark NuWilshire Twin. It gained 1% to $2,716 in its third at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“The Opposite of Sex” waned 2% to $4,071 in its 15th at the Laemmle Monica 4 and 28% to $1,599 in its second at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss” (Trimark) slid 15% to $5,589 in its sixth at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“The Thief” gained 9% to $4,802 in its seventh at the Landmark Nuart.

“Buffalo 66” dropped 3% to $3,559 in its third at the Landmark Westside Pavilion. It gained 37% to $708 in its second as a midnight show at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“The Best Man” (October) ebbed 15% to $1,956 in its second at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Gone With the Wind” breezed in with $1,898 in its first at the Loews Cineplex Century Plaza.

“The Spanish Prisoner” (Sony Pictures Classics) locked up $1,271 in its first at the Laemmle Music Hall.

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