‘Slums’ has room at top of exclusive B.O.

'Friends' has staying power

Fox Searchlight’s “Slums of Beverly Hills” crept into the top slot on the exclusives roster this weekend, bringing home $85,771 on seven screens in Gotham and L.A.

Neil LaBute’s darkly comic “Your Friends and Neighbors” remained among the leading exclusive films. Falling one spot from last week, the film came in second with $82,601 on nine neighborhood screens on both coasts.

Newcomer “Without Limits” took second place among limited release pics. The latest biopic of runner Steve Prefontaine made $76,054 on five race tracks in L.A. and New York.

The rerelease of Orson Welles’ newly restored and edited “Touch of Evil” demonstrated the most impressive showing of the weekend. The legendary “Evil,” which was first released in 1958, made $62,965 this weekend at only two theaters in the City of Angels and the Big Apple.

Among those debuting this weekend, Trimark’s sci-fi thriller “Cube” boxed up a hefty $36,527 on seven blocks in L.A. and New York.

“Let’s Talk About Sex” was Fine Line’s newcomer, disclosing $35,396 in 10 bedrooms on the right and left coasts.

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

NEW YORK

“Slums of Beverly Hills” (Fox Searchlight) lost 19% to $14,630 in its fifth at the City Cinemas Angelika, 15% to $8,790 in its second at the Loews Cineplex, 31% to $8,345 in its fifth at the Loews Cineplex 62nd Street and Broadway and 16% to $7,400 in its fifth at the City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Ave.

“Your Friends and Neighbors”(Gramercy) gave up 32% to $19,915 in its fourth at Lincoln Plaza, 33% to $19,352 in its fourth at the Loews Cineplex 19th St. East, 40% to $10,029 in its fourth at the Loews Cineplex First and 62nd and 40% to $5,872 in its second at the United Artists East 85th Street.

“Touch of Evil”(Universal) debuted with $31,804 at the Film Forum.

“Next Stop Wonderland” (Miramax) surrendered 34% to $10,365 in its fourth at the Loews Cineplex Lincoln Square and 29% to $9,961 in its fourth at City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue and 37% to $9,677 in its fourth at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Let’s Talk About Sex” (Fine Line) bowed to $3,780 at the Loews Cineplex Village Seven, $3,619 at the Loews Cineplex 84th Street, $3,456 at the Loews Cineplex Chelsea, $2,421 at the Criterion Center and $2,427 at the City Cinemas Eastside Playhouse.

“The Eel”(New Yorker) relinquished 35% to $8,991 in its fourth at Lincoln Plaza and 31% to $6,012 in its fourth at the Quad.

“Without Limits”(WB) debuted with 14,986 at the Loews Cineplex Lincoln Square and $8,372 at the Loews Cineplex Village Seven.

“Cube”(Trimark) opened with $9,092 at the Loews Cineplex 19th Street East, $7,065 at the Loews Cineplex 84th Street, $3,174 at the Loews Cineplex First and 62nd Street and $2,186 at the United Artists Criterion Center.

“Firelight” (Miramax) dropped 24% to 15,245 in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“The Governess” (Sony Classics) lost 17% to $10,713 in its seventh at the Paris and 14% to $4,506 in its second at the Loews Cineplex Art Greenwich Twin.

“Pi” (Artisan) slipped 13% to $14,502 in its tenth at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“A Merry War” (First Look) lost 31% to $4,008 in its third at the Loews Cineplex First and 62nd Street and 29% to $9,268 in its third at Lincoln Plaza.

“The Opposite of Sex” (Sony Classics) lost 27% to $6,620 in its 16th at the Loews Cineplex Regency and debuted at $4,904 at the Loews Cineplex Art Greenwich Twin.

“Like It Is” (First Run) fell 32% to 10,228 in its second at the Quad.

“The Thief”(Stratosphere) surrendered 31% to $7,308 in its ninth at Lincoln Plaza and 50% to $1,474 in its second at the Waverly Twin.

“Nights of Cabiria” (Rialto reissue) lost 10% to 8,335 in its 11th at Lincoln Plaza.

“Buffalo 66” (Lions Gate) resigned 27% to $7,345 in its twelfth at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Unmade Beds” (Chelsea) gave up 13% to $6,502 in its sixth at the Screening Room.

“Western” (New Yorker) gained 2% in its eighth at Lincoln Plaza.

“David Searching” (L4 Ltd./Backpain Prods.) bowed at $4,008 at the Quad.

“Digging to China” (Moonstone Ent.) debuted at $3,864 at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Modulations” (Strand) lost 58% to $3,860 in its second at the Quad.

“See the Sea” (Zeitgeist) relinquished 61% to $2,712 in its third at the Quad.

“Gone With the Wind” (New Line reissue) descended 22% to $1,769 in its third at the Loews Cineplex 59th St. East.

“The Beyond” (Rolling Thunder/Cowboy) lost 16% to $849 in its third at the City Cinemas Angelika.

LOS ANGELES

“Without Limits” debuted at $12,948 at the Mann Criterion, $12,938 at the AMC Century and $6,936 at the Loews Cineplex Beverly Center.

“Touch of Evil” bowed at $31,161 at the Landmark Nuart.

“Your Friends and Neighbors” lost 57% to $9,149 in its fourth at the Laemmle Sunset, 59% to $6,639 in its fourth at the Laemmle Monica, 58% to $3,039 in its second at the Loews Cineplex Marketplace and 64% to $4,491 in its fourth at the Century 14. It bowed at $4,115 at the Mann National.

“Slums of Beverly Hills” gave up 51% to $6,965 in its fifth at the Laemmle Sunset, 51% to $6,080 in its fifth at the Laemmle Monica, 27% to $5,666 at the AMC Century 14, and 43% to $3,360 in its third at the Loews Cineplex Universal City.

“Next Stop Wonderland” resigned 57% to $6,256 in its fourth the Laemmle Sunset, 51% to $6,047 in its fourth at the Laemmle Monica and 63% to $4,029 in its fourth at the Landmark Westside Pavilion. It debuted at $2,347 at the Mann Plaza.

“Cube” bowed at $5,729 at the Loews Cineplex Beverly Center 13, $4694 at the Loews Cineplex Century Plaza and $4,587 at the Mann Regent.

“Let’s Talk About Sex” debuted at $3,386 at the AMC Century 14, $2,633 at the Mann Criterion, $2,122 GCC Galaxy, $1,626 at the Loews Cineplex Universal City and $1,459 at United Artists 3.

“Firelight” lost 30% to $10,077 in its second at the Landmark Fine Arts.

“Pi” lost 39% to $4,718 in its sixth at the Laemmle Sunset and 40% to $3,489 in its sixth at the Landmark Nuwilshire Twin.

“The Chambermaid on the Titanic” (Samuel Goldwyn) debuted at $5,949 at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“East Palace, West Palace” opened with $4,944 at the Laemmle Sunset.

“Digging to China” debuted at $2,763 at the Landmark Westside Pavilion and $2,118 at the GCC Beverly Connection.

“Phoenix” (Trimark) lost 78% to $4,757 in its second at the Landmark Nuwilshire Twin.

“The Saltmen of Tibet” opened with $4,276 at the Laemmle Monica.

“Young Girls of Rochefort” (Miramax) debuted at $3,996 at the Laemmle Royal.

“The Governess” opened at $3,079 at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“The Thief” fell 68% to $1,373 in its ninth at the Landmark Westside Pavilion.

“Gone With the Wind” gave up 48% to $1,145 in its third at the Loews Cineplex Century Plaza.

“Buffalo 66” descended 72% to $1,117 in its fifth at the Landmark Westside Pavilion.

“The Opposite of Sex” fell 81% to $859 in its seventeenth at the Laemmle Monica.

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