'Hurlyburly,' 'Life' round out top three

Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Thin Red Line” remained on top of the exclusives roster in its second reconnaissance.

Terrence Malick’s World War II epic shot down $189,586 in three battle missions on both coasts.

Fine Line’s “Hurlyburly” was the second most popular limited-release pic. It brought home $101,632 from seven playdates in Gotham and L.A.

Miramax’s “Life Is Beautiful” was third on the roster with grosses of $101,409 on four stages in New York and Los Angeles.

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

New York

“The Thin Red Line” (20th Century Fox) gained 19% to $68,947 in its second at the Clearview Ziegfeld and 2% to $59,976 in its second at the United Artists Union Square.

“Life Is Beautiful” (Miramax) climbed 9% to $47,120 in its 11th at the Paris and declined 19% to $22,319 in its 11th at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Hurlyburly” (Fine Line) rose 36% to $21,105 in its second at the Clearview Chelsea. It lost 18% to $20,042 in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika and 6% to $17,985 in its second at the Loews Cineplex Lincoln Square.

“A Simple Plan” (Paramount) climbed 72% to $27,619 in its fourth at the Loews Cineplex Village Sevenplex, 29% to $20,419 in its fourth at the Loews Cineplex First and 62nd Street and 4% to $14,599 in its fourth at the Loews Cineplex Lincoln Square.

“Hilary and Jackie” (October) bowed to $22,856 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, $19,373 at the Loews Cineplex Coronet and $16,729 at the United Artists Union Square.

“Affliction” (Lions Gate) debuted with $27,336 at the City Cinemas Angelika and $20,809 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

“A Civil Action” (Buena Vista) slipped 1% to $39,689 in its second at the Loews Cineplex Lincoln Square.

“Central Station” (Sony Pictures Classics) increased 35% to $11,845 in its second at the Quad and lost 13% to $17,447 in its seventh at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

“Little Voice” (Miramax) gained 14% to $12,886 in its fifth at the United Artists Union Square and 33% to $9,104 in its fifth at the Crown Gotham. It fell 62% to $5,501 in its fourth at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

“The General” (Sony Pictures Classics) surrendered 17% to $12,908 in its third at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and 5% to $11,374 in its third at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“The Swindle” (New Yorker) lost 16% to $13,117 in its second at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and 4% to $6,941 in its second at the Quad.

“Gods and Monsters” (Lions Gate) expanded 33% to $11,738 in its ninth at the Quad and fell 64% to $4,529 in its ninth at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

“Steam: The Turkish Bath” (Strand) picked up 27% to $14,888 in its sixth at the Quad.

“The Hi-Lo Country” (Gramercy) debuted with $7,706 at the Loews Cineplex 19th Street East and $4,137 at the United Artists 64th Street and Second Avenue.

“The Theory of Flight” (Fine Line) ascended 23% to $5,593 in its second at the Loews Cineplex Regency. It fell 18% to $2,869 in its second at the Clearview Beekman and 22% to $1,780 in its second at the City Cinemas Village East.

“The Celebration” (October) climbed 48% to $8,799 in its second at the Screening Room.

“Touch of Evil” (October/U re-edit) gained 36% to $7,278 in its 17th at the Film Forum.

“Dancing at Lughnasa” (Sony Pictures Classics) increased 97% to $5,185 in its second at the Clearview 59th Street East. It surrendered 90% to $527 in its eighth at the United Artists Union Square.

“The Emperor’s Shadow” (Fox Lorber) faded 7% to $3,902 in its third at the Cinema Village.

Los Angeles

“The Thin Red Line” slid 8% to $60,663 in its second at the Mann Village Westwood.

“Hurlyburly” slipped 7% to $16,025 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5, 2% to $12,465 in its second at the Loews Cineplex Broadway, 18% to $7,800 in its second at the United Artists Westwood and 3% to $6,210 in its second at the AMC Century 14.

“Life Is Beautiful” rose 34% to $18,301 in its 11th at the Landmark Fine Arts and 16% to $13,669 in its 11th at the Laemmle Monica.

“A Civil Action” climbed 4% to $31,180 in its second at the AMC Century 14.

“Playing by Heart” (Miramax) debuted with $26,669 at the Laemmle Royal.

“Hilary and Jackie” bowed to $13,454 at the Laemmle Monica and $13,059 at the Landmark Westside Pavilion.

“Little Voice” surged 31% to $13,093 in its fifth at the Laemmle Sunset 5, 39% to $7,711 in its third at the Laemmle Monica and 19% to $4,582 in its fifth at the Landmark Westside Pavilion.

“A Simple Plan” gained 68% to $7,312 in its third at the Loews Cineplex Universal City, 6% to $5,568 in its fourth at the AMC Century 14 and 4% to $5,205 in its third at the Mann Plaza Westwood. It gave up 9% to $3,773 in its fourth at the Loews Cineplex Beverly Center.

“Affliction” bowed to $15,834 at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Another Day in Paradise” (Trimark) debuted with $14,900 at the Landmark Nuart.

“The General” fell 14% to $5,876 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset and 27% to $5,350 in its second at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Gods and Monsters” rang up $3,847 in its first at the Loews Cineplex Beverly Center. It gained 70% to $4,911 in its second at the Mann Fourplex Westwood.

“Central Station” rose 52% to $6,267 in its sixth at the Landmark Westside Pavilion.

“The Hi-Lo Country” debuted with $5,869 at the Loews Cineplex Beverly Center.

“Dancing at Lughnasa” rang up $2,980 at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“The Theory of Flight” dropped 20% to $1,738 in its second at the Loews Cineplex Showcase.

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