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Exclusive films hold their own amid blockbuster releases

Blockbuster studio releases continued to draw all the headlines, but exclusive runs aimed at upscale patrons made plenty of noise of their own this past weekend, particularly in Manhattan.

For example, arthouse fare like “American Heart,””For a Lost Soldier” and “The Long Day Closes” posted improved grosses across the board at New York theaters.

Sony Pictures Classics’ “Orlando” drew long lines rivaling those of “Jurassic Park.” The Sally Potter film improved at its Uptown venue while holding to a 1% decline at its near-capacity Village theater, totaling an amazing $ 87,489 between them for the second weekend.

IRS Releasing debuted Alan Rudolph’s “Equinox” for a good start: $ 10,933 solo in L.A. Academy’s Aussie import “Romper Stomper” had OK numbers on both coasts.

October Films’ “Un Coeur en Hiver” preemed with a quality $ 14,651 at a single L.A. situation while improving at both its Gotham outlets. Rim Film Distributors’ “Hard Boiled” had its East Coast launch with a satisfying $ 10,031 opening weekend solo in Greenwich Village.

The following are actual grosses for films in exclusive release in Los Angeles and New York over the three-day period.

Los Angeles

“Un Coeur en Hiver” (October Films) debuted for a strong $ 14,651 in first weekend at Laemmle Music Hall.

“Equinox” (IRS Releasing) promising $ 10,933 in first weekend at Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Romper Stomper” (Academy) bowed with a nice $ 6,084 at Landmark Nuart.

“Wide Sargasso Sea” (Fine Line) moved over to Laemmle Monica for solid $ 5, 824 in first weekend; $ 4,356 in same at Cineplex Beverly Center for good $ 4, 356 in first weekend. “The Story of Qiu Ju” (Sony Pictures Classics) dipped 23% to $ 5,017 in seventh weekend at Laemmle Royal.

“Indochine” (Sony Pictures Classics) slid 24% to $ 1,934 in seventh weekend at Laemmle Monica.

New York

“Orlando” (Sony Pictures Classics) held rock-steady with $ 45,828 (minus 1%) in second weekend at Angelika; improved 4% to $ 41,661 in same at Lincoln Plaza.

“Un Coeur en Hiver” improved 16% to $ 13,630 in third weekend at Lincoln Plaza; up 21% to $ 7,933 in second weekend at Village East.

“Hard Boiled” (Rim Film Distributors) opened with solid $ 10,031 at Cinema Village.

“The Story of Qiu Ju” up 5% to $ 6,165 in 10th weekend at Lincoln Plaza; improved 30% to $ 5,391 in second weekend at Village East.

“The Music of Chance” (IRS Releasing) down 3% to $ 7,874 in third weekend at Paris Fine Arts.

“Romper Stomper” (Academy) dipped 15% to $ 6,961 in second weekend at Film Forum.

“American Heart” (Triton) gained 15% to $ 4,316 in sixth weekend at Village East; up 38% to $ 2,872 in same at 57th St. Playhouse.

“For a Lost Soldier” (Strand) up 12% to $ 4,428 in seventh weekend at Quad.

“The Long Day Closes” (Sony Pictures Classics) up 24% to $ 3,644 in fourth weekend at Film Forum of a run that ends June 22.

“Visions of Light” (Kino Intl.) ascended 20% to $ 3,626 in fourth weekend at Quad.

“Brother’s Keeper” (Creative Thinking) moved over to Quad for a decent $ 3, 436 opening weekend.

“Wide Sargasso Sea” (Fine Line) up 13% to $ 2,275 in second weekend at Sutton; down 26% to $ 1,001 in fourth weekend at Worldwide; minus 7% to $ 3,333 in seventh weekend at Village East.

“Sofie” (Arrow) bounced back with a 15% climb to $ 2,649 in fifth weekend at Angelika 57; moved over to Movieland 8th St. for a light $ 1,515 in first weekend.

“Olivier, Olivier” (Sony Pictures Classics) up 23% to $ 2,733 in sixth weekend at Quad.

“The Lover” (MGM/UA) moved over to Village East for minor $ 2,684 in first weekend; zoomed up 74% to $ 2,190 in second weekend at Gemini.

“Indochine” (Sony Pictures Classics) improved a whopping 29% to $ 2,467 in second weekend at Worldwide.

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