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Holiday boosts ‘Long Day,’ ‘Ado’ exclusives

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.

Los Angeles

“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.

New York

“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.

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