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‘Sex’ is on top in B.O. exclusives

'Disco,' 'High Art' round out top three

Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Opposite of Sex” ascended the exclusives roster, moving up from second place last weekend.

The Christina Ricci-starrer bedded $66,781 on six screens in New York and Los Angeles.

Falling to No. 2 on the roster was Gramercy’s “The Last Days of Disco.” Set against the backdrop of New York’s famed club Studio 54, Whit Stillman’s ensemble comedy boogied down to $52,455 on seven dance floors on both coasts.

October’s “High Art,” starring Ally Sheedy, was the third most popular limited release film. Lisa Cholodenko’s dramatic love story hung $40,999 in three galleries in New York and Los Angeles.

“High Art” edged out Sony Classics’ “Henry Fool,” director Hal Hartley’s latest film, which debuted with $40,939 on two Gotham screens.

Also bowing exclusively in New York was Sony Classics’ French language “Marie Baie des Anges,” which rang up $4,055 on one screen.

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

LOS ANGELES

“The Opposite of Sex” (Sony Pictures Classics) fell 24% to $13,013 in its fifth at the Laemmle Sunset 5, 9% to $8,050 in its fifth at the Laemmle Monica and 9% to $4,529 in its fourth at the Landmark Westside Pavilion 4.

“High Art” (October) dropped 4% to $12,372 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and climbed 27% to $6,798 in its second at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“The Last Days of Disco” fell 31% to $6,051 in its fourth at the Laemmle Sunset 5, 15% to $4,375 in its fourth at the Mann Criterion 6 and 30% to $3,091 in its second at the GCC Avco Westwood. It was virtually unchanged at $3,974 in its fourth at the AMC Century 14.

“Cousin Bette” (Fox Searchlight) faded 2% to $7,504 in its second at the Landmark Westside Pavilion 4, 14% to $4,993 in its second at the Loews Cineplex Showcase and 14% to $3,966 in its second at the United Artists Westwood.

“Broadway Damage” (Jour de Fete) gave up 33% to $5,575 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“The Spanish Prisoner” (Sony Classics) climbed 13% to $5,191 in its second at the Laemmle Monica.

“The Land Girls” (Gramercy) sacrificed 21% to $5,009 in its second at the Landmark Westside Pavilion 4.

“Un Air de Famille” (Cinema Village/Leisure Time) debuted with $4,698 at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Passion in the Desert” (Fine Line) lost 28% to $3,363 in its second at the Laemmle Royal and 50% to $1,218 in its second at the Loews Cineplex Beverly Center.

“Marius & Jeannette” (New Yorker) bowed to $4,154 at the Landmark Fine Arts.

“Mr. Jealousy” (Lions Gate) gave up 35% to $2,001 in its third at the Landmark NuWilshire and rang up $1,345 in its first at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Beyond Silence” (Miramax) faded to $2,525 in its third at the Landmark Westside Pavilion 4.

“Chinese Box” (Trimark) rang up $2,415 in its first at the Loews Cineplex Fairfax.

“The Beyond” (Rolling Thunder/Cowboy Booking) gave up 44% to $2,272 in two midnight screenings during its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Dream for an Insomniac” (Lions Gate) bowed to $1,170 at the Mann Fourplex.

“Weed” (Doug Wolens) debuted with $695 at the Laemmle Music Hall.

NEW YORK

“The Opposite of Sex” declined 28% to $19,266 in its fourth at the City Cinemas Angelika, 23% to $14,523 in its fourth at the Loews Cineplex Regency and 28% to $7,400 in its fourth at the City Cinemas Eastside Playhouse.

“Henry Fool” bowed to $22,060 at the City Cinemas Angelika and $18,879 at Lincoln Plaza.

“The Last Days of Disco” fell 44% to $12,246 in its fourth at Lincoln Plaza, 48% to $11,817 in its fourth at the Loews Cineplex First and 62nd Street and 49% to $10,901 in its fourth at the Loews Cineplex 19th Street East.

“The Spanish Prisoner” fell 20% to $10,665 in its 12th at Lincoln Plaza, 36% to $5,900 in its second at the City Cinemas Village East and 31% to $5,470 in its 11th at the Loews Cineplex First and 62nd Street.

“High Art” gave up 19% to $21,829 in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Cousin Bette” fell 12% to $8,944 in its second at Lincoln Plaza and 37% to $6,305 in its second at City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue. It rang up $5,100 in its first at City Cinemas Village East.

“Un Air de Famille” lost 21% to $8,989 in its second at Lincoln Plaza and 39% to $5,524 in its second at the Quad.

“Kurt and Courtney” gave up 46% to $9,240 in its third at the Cinema Village.

“Passion in the Desert” surrendered 39% to $5,415 in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika. It rang up $2,955 in its first at the Loews Cineplex 59th Street East.

“The Land Girls” surrendered 28% to $7,640 in its second at the Paris.

“Insomnia” (First Run) gave up 17% to $6,149 in its fourth at Lincoln Plaza.

“Off the Menu” (Northern Arts) brought home $5,084 in its first at the Quad.

“Marie Baie des Anges” (Sony Classics) debuted with $4,055 at the Film Forum.

“Little Boy Blue” (Castle Hill) rang up $3,568 in its first at the Quad.

“Broadway Damage” surrendered 48% to $3,408 in its fourth at the Quad.

“Beyond Silence” rang up $3,123 in its first at the Loews Cineplex Waverly.

“The Beyond” lost 24% to $2,763 in two midnight screenings during its second at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Mr. Jealousy” brought home $1,554 in its first at the Screening Room.

“Clockwatchers” (Artistic License/ BMG Independents) faded 54% to $1,369 in its second at the Screening Room.

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