‘Hiver’ warm in N.Y. exclu bow

There were no post-holiday blues for several exclusive pictures — including “Un Coeur en Hiver”– as alternative fare attracted solid audiences on both coasts.

Good reviews propelled Claude Sautet’s “Un Coeur en Hiver” to an impressive $ 22,308 exclusive opening in Manhattan for October Films, as well as IRS Releasing’s “The Music of Chance” to a fine $ 13,359 debut, also solo in N.Y.

Northern Arts Entertainment successfully launched two pictures regionally, with “Stepping Razor/Red X” bowing in Los Angeles and Kansas City for $ 10,365 at two sites while “Tokyo Decadence” opened in San Jose (after five Friday midnight Nuart screenings in L.A.) with $ 11,189 solo.

Goldwyn gradually expanded its hit “Much Ado About Nothing” run, scoring $ 104,849 in its fifth weekend at three New York houses plus $ 51,315 at four L.A. sites.

Building a steady audience in Greenwich Village is Strand’s Dutch import “For a Lost Soldier,” up for the second weekend in a row to $ 6,829 at one house.

Also in Gotham, Arrow’s Danish film “Sofie” improved at both its Manhattan sites to $ 6,858 in its third weekend.

Comparisons below are for current three-day weekend with comparable three days of the Memorial Holiday weekend.

Los Angeles

“Much Ado About Nothing” (Goldwyn) dipped 20% to $ 18,751 in fourth weekend at Landmark Goldwyn Pavilion; down 37% to $ 9,155 in same at Cineplex Showcase; off 22% to $ 14,191 in same at AMC Santa Monica 7; opened with nice $ 9,218 at Cineplex Universal City 18.

“The Story of Qiu Ju” (Sony Pictures Classics) improved 4% (third uptick weekend in a row) to $ 9,076 in fifth weekend at Laemmle Royal. “Wide Sargasso Sea” (Fine Line) off 7% to $ 5,132 in seventh weekend at Laemmle Music Hall. “Super Cop” (Rim Film Distributors) lost 35% to $ 3,900 in third weekend at Laemmle Monica.

“American Heart” (Triton) moved over to Laemmle Monica for $ 3,145 in first weekend.

“Hard Boiled” (Rim Film Distributors) down 9% to $ 2,879 in third weekend at Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Indochine” (Sony Pictures Classics) down 10% to $ 2,857 in fifth weekend at Laemmle Monica.

“Leolo” (Fine Line) up 7% to $ 1,962 in sixth weekend at Landmark Goldwyn Pavilion; minus 4% to $ 3,406 in same at Laemmle Sunset 5.

New York

“Un Coeur en Hiver” (October Films) began with a hotsy $ 22,308 first weekend at Lincoln Plaza.

“The Music of Chance” (IRS Releasing) debuted with a nice $ 13,359 first weekend at Paris Fine Arts.

“Much Ado About Nothing” dipped 11% to still hefty $ 39,249 in fifth weekend at Lincoln Plaza; minus 2% to $ 36,477 in same at Angelika; off 4% to $ 29,123 in same at First & 62nd St.

“The Story of Qiu Ju” off 17% to $ 9,455 in eighth weekend at Lincoln Plaza.

“The Long Day Closes” (Sony Pictures Classics) dipped 20% to $ 5,908 in second weekend at Film Forum.

“American Heart” off 2% to $ 6,981 in fourth weekend at Village East; up 22% to $ 3,912 in same at 57th St. Playhouse.

“Sofie” (Arrow) up 4% to $ 3,716 in third weekend at Angelika; improved 2% to $ 3,142 in same at Angelika 57.

“For a Lost Soldier” (Strand) zoomed up 28% to $ 6,829 in fifth weekend at Quad.

“Visions of Light” (KinoIntl.) jumped upward 32% to $ 6,054 in second weekend at Quad.

“Indochine” down 14% to $ 5,870 in 24th weekend at Lincoln Plaza.

“Brother’s Keeper” (Creative Thinking) (return) improved 14% to $ 5,190 in fourth weekend at Village East.

“Olivier, Olivier” (Sony Pictures Classics) moved up a strong 22% to $ 4,930 in fourth weekend at Quad.

“Wide Sargasso Sea” down 16% to $ 2,024 in second weekend at Worldwide; up 1% to $ 4,130 in eighth weekend at Cinema 3rd Avenue; increased 7% to $ 5,686 in fifth weekend at Village East; minus 32% to $ 1,883 in third weekend at Metro.

“Okoge” (Cinevista) up 6% to $ 3,448 in fifth weekend at Quad.

“The Lover” (MGM/UA) moved over to the Plaza for a slow $ 1,295 first weekend after 31 weeks at Paris Fine Arts.

“Leolo” improved 8% to $ 1,431 in fifth weekend at Worldwide.

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