‘Line’ leads exclusive B.O.

'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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