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‘Gone’ not forgotten at B.O.

'39 pic stands test of time; 'Sex' seduces second

Frankly, Scarlett, audiences still give a damn.

New Line Cinema’s restored version of Victor Fleming’s 1939 classic “Gone With the Wind” swept into first place on the exclusives roster.

The Civil War-era romance starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh conquered $82,386 on eight battlefields in New York and Los Angeles.

Sony Classics’ “The Opposite of Sex” fell to second place on the list. The Christina Ricci starrer seduced $56,377 in six bedrooms in Gotham and L.A.

Sony Classics’ “Henry Fool” was the third-most-popular limited-release pic. Hal Hartley’s tale of a garbage collector-cum-poet collected $46,873 in four bins on both coasts.

Strong entrance

Lions Gate’s “Buffalo 66” made a strong entrance. Vincent Gallo’s story of ex-con’s reunion with his dysfunctional family drove away with $39,500 on two Gotham highways.

Other newcomers included the Shooting Gallery’s “I Went Down,” which rang up $13,215 on two New York screens; Strand’s “Voyage to the Beginning of the World,” which brought home $5,093 in two Gotham venues, and Rialto’s reissue of Peter Weir’s “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” which unpacked $9,538 on two blankets.

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

Los Angeles

“Gone With the Wind” (New Line reissue) debuted with $11,487 at the Mann Festival, $10,137 at the Loews Cineplex Showcase, $7,015 at the AMC Century 14 and $5,832 at the AMC Santa Monica 7.

“The Opposite of Sex” (Sony Classics) faded 27% to $9,504 in its sixth at the Laemmle Sunset 5, 11% to $7,192 in its sixth at the Laemmle Monica and 13% to $3,943 in its fifth at the Landmark Westside Pavilion 4.

“Smoke Signals” (Miramax) bowed to $8,111 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and $7,197 at the Landmark Westside Pavilion 4.

“Henry Fool” (Sony Classics) debuted with $8,843 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and $5,738 at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“High Art” (October) dropped 29% to $8,793 in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 16% to $5,706 in its third at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Cousin Bette” (Fox Searchlight) dropped 25% to $5,635 in its third at the Landmark Westside Pavilion 4 and 36% to $2,534 in its third at the United Artists Westwood. It rang up $1,968 in its first at the Loews Cineplex Beverly Center.

“The Last Days of Disco” (Gramercy) surrendered 1% to $4,310 in its fifth at the Mann Criterion 6 and 47% to $3,213 in its fifth at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“The Spanish Prisoner” (Sony Classics) declined 20% to $4,175 in its third at the Laemmle Monica. It rang up $3,196 at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Picnic at Hanging Rock” (Rialto re-issue) debuted with $5,866 at the Landmark Nuart.

“Deja Vu” (Rainbow) gave up 23% to $2,075 in its 10th at the Laemmle Monica. It brought home $1,300 in its first at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Un Air de Famille” (Cinema Village/Leisure Time) slipped 32% to $3,206 in its second at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Passion in the Desert” (Fine Line) gave up 7% to $3,124 in its third at the Laemmle Royal.

“Marius & Jeannette” (New Yorker) fell 27% to $3,052 in its second at the Landmark Fine Arts.

“The Land Girls” (Gramercy) gave up 57% to $2,152 in its third at the Landmark Westside Pavilion.

“The Beyond” (Rolling Thunder/Cowboy Booking) faded 32% to $1,549 in its third weekend of midnight shows at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Beyond Silence” (Miramax) rang up $512 in its first at the United Artists Westwood.

New York

“Gone With the Wind” bowed to $19,545 at the Loews Cineplex Lincoln Square, $10,534 at the Loews Cineplex Chelsea, $10,014 at the United Artists 64th Street and Second Avenue and $7,822 at the Loews Cineplex State.

“Buffalo 66” (Lions Gate) debuted with $24,709 at the City Cinemas Angelika and $14,791 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

“The Opposite of Sex” gained 4% to $15,150 in its fifth at the Loews Cineplex Regency. It lost 27% to $13,975 in its fifth at the City Cinemas Angelika and 11% to $6,613 in its fifth at the City Cinemas Eastside Playhouse.

“Henry Fool” faded 13% to $16,470 in its second at Lincoln Plaza and 28% to $15,822 in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“The Last Days of Disco” was virtually unchanged at $12,206 in its fifth at Lincoln Plaza. It declined 12% to $9,584 in its fifth at the Loews Cineplex 19th Street East and 51% to $5,777 in its fifth at the Loews Cineplex First and 62nd Street.

“High Art” slid 17% to $18,185 in its third at the City Cinemas Angelika. It rang up $9,341 in its first at the Loews Cineplex 62nd Street and Broadway.

“Smoke Signals” debuted with $18,638 at the City Cinemas Angelika and $5,509 at the Crown Gotham.

“The Spanish Prisoner” surrendered 20% to $8,563 in its 13th at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and 24% to $4,460 in its third at the City Cinemas Village East. It was virtually unchanged at $5,448 in its 12th at the Loews Cineplex First and 62nd Street.

“I Went Down” (Shooting Gallery/Artisan) debuted with $6,690 at the City Cinemas Village East and $6,525 at the Loews Cineplex Beekman.

“Un Air de Famille” fell 11% to $7,977 in its third at Lincoln Plaza and 52% to $4,144 in its third at the Quad.

“Cousin Bette” gave up 27% to $6,553 in its third at Lincoln Plaza and 18% to $5,184 in its third at the City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue.

“The Land Girls” gave up 9% to $6,955 in its third at the Paris.

“Kurt & Courtney” (Roxie) dropped 41% to $5,464 in its fourth at the Cinema Village.

“Voyage to the Beginning of the World” (Strand) bowed to $3,672 at the Quad and $1,421 at the Loews Cineplex 59th Street East.

“Picnic at Hanging Rock” debuted with $3,672 at the Film Forum.

“Passion in the Desert” brought home $3,517 in its first at the City Cinemas Murray Hill.

“Carla’s Song” (Shadow) bowed to $3,196 at the Quad.

“Off the Menu” (Northern Arts) gave up 38% to $3,140 at the Quad.”The Beyond” dropped 16% to $2,327 in its third weekend of midnight shows at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Mr. Jealousy” (Lions Gate) gained 17% to $1,823 in its second at the Screening Room.

“Dear Jesse” (Cowboy Booking) debuted with $1,502 at the Cinema Village.

“Clockwatchers” (Artistic License/BMG Independents) climbed 3% to $1,411 in its third at the Screening Room.

“Beyond Silence” rang up $788 in its first at the City Cinemas Village East.

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