Though attention was naturally focused on new saturation releases like “Cliffhanger,” several exclusive pictures also benefited from the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Sony Pictures Classics counter-programmed Terence Davies’ “The Long Day Closes” at a single site in Gotham, earning a good $ 9,857 in its debut weekend.
Also strong was Rim Film Distributors’ “Super Cop,” with $ 7,853 in second weekend solo in Los Angeles.
Continuing a blistering early run, Goldwyn’s “Much Ado About Nothing” scored $ 153,415 at three Manhattan houses and $ 76,693 at three L.A. sites.
Zhang Yimou’s “The Story of Qiu Ju” from SPC posted a hearty $ 11,804 in its fourth weekend exclusive in L.A., plus $ 15,182 in its seventh solo turn in Manhattan.
Arrow’s “Sofie” stood firm in its second weekend, taking $ 10,015 at two New York screens.
Fine Line’s “Wide Sargasso Sea” was still lively with $ 7,693 solo in sixth weekend in L.A. plus $ 14,506 in seventh weekend at three Gotham bijous.
Triton’s “American Heart” continued with $ 18,097 in its third weekend at three Manhattan venues plus $ 4,144 solo in L.A.
SPC’s “Indochine” got a second wind with $ 9,269 in its 23rd exclusive weekend in Gotham plus $ 4,318 at a single L.A. screen.
Strand’s import “For a Lost Soldier” held steady with $ 7,698 in its fourth weekend solo in Greenwich Village.
Figures below cover the four-day weekend.
“Much Ado About Nothing” (Goldwyn) made a powerhouse $ 31,599 in third weekend at Landmark Goldwyn Pavilion; $ 21,367 in same at Cineplex Showcase; $ 23,727 in same at AMC Santa Monica 7.
“The Story of Qiu Ju” (Sony Pictures Classics) solid with $ 11,804 in fourth weekend at Laemmle Royal.
“Super Cop” (Rim Film Distributors) fine $ 7,853 in second weekend at Laemmle Monica.
“Wide Sargasso Sea” (Fine Line) OK with $ 7,693 in sixth weekend at Laemmle Music Hall.
“Indochine” (Sony Pictures Classics) hanging in with $ 4,318 in fourth weekend at Laemmle Monica.
“Hard Boiled” (Rim Film Distributors) steady with $ 4,170 in second weekend at Laemmle Sunset 5.
“American Heart” (Triton) moved over to Laemmle Sunset 5 for $ 4,144 in its first weekend after two weeks at AMC Century 14 and General Cinema Beverly Connection 6.
“Masala” (Strand) light $ 3,059 in second weekend at Laemmle Sunset 5.
“Leolo” (Fine Line) slow $ 2,724 in fifth weekend at Landmark Goldwyn Pavilion; $ 4,862 in same at Laemmle Sunset 5.
“The Long Day Closes” (Sony Pictures Classics) bowed with a good $ 9,857 at Film Forum.
“Much Ado About Nothing” mucho $ 60,609 in fourth weekend at Lincoln Plaza; $ 51,521 in same at Angelika; $ 41,285 in same at First & 62nd St.
“The Story of Qiu Ju” hefty $ 15,182 in seventh weekend at Lincoln Plaza.
“American Heart” down to $ 10,062 in third weekend at Village East; $ 3,599 in same at Cinema 2; $ 4,436 in same at 57th St. Playhouse.
“Sofie” (Arrow) so-so $ 5,383 in second weekend at Angelika; $ 4,632 in same at Angelika 57.
“Indochine” hot $ 9,269 in 23rd weekend at Lincoln Plaza.
“For a Lost Soldier” (Strand) impressive $ 7,698 in fourth weekend at Quad.
“Wide Sargasso Sea” moved over to Worldwide for fair $ 3,284 in first weekend; $ 5,630 in seventh weekend at Cinema 3rd Avenue; $ 7,359 in fourth weekend at Village East; $ 3,863 in second weekend at Metro.
“Stolen Children” (Goldwyn) second-wind $ 6,967 in 13th weekend at Lincoln Plaza.
“Brother’s Keeper” (Creative Thinking) (return) solid $ 6,072 in third weekend at Village East.
“Visions of Light” (Kino Intl.) moved over to Quad for nice $ 5,917 in first weekend after an eight-week run at Film Forum.
“Olivier, Olivier” (Sony Pictures Classics) good $ 5,670 in third weekend at Quad.
“Okoge” (Cinevista) OK $ 4,914 in fourth weekend at Quad.
“The Lover” (MGM/UA) long-running $ 4,801 in 31st weekend at Paris Fine Arts.
“Claire of the Moon” (Demi-Monde Prods./Strand) lingering $ 3,552 in seventh weekend at Village East.
“Leolo” (Fine Line) slow $ 1,823 in fourth weekend at Worldwide.