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‘Orlando’ still tops exclusives; ‘Desire’ hot in L.A.

“Orlando” remained the top attraction in exclusive runs as indies successfully competed in various locales with the majors over the July 4th holiday.

Mad Dog Pictures’ update on “La Ronde,””Chain of Desire,” bowed in L.A. with a nice $ 12,764 in its four-day weekend.

In Gotham the pic took only $ 7,225 in its second turn at two houses.

Sony Pictures Classics’ “Orlando” pulled a huge $ 86,827 in fourth try at two theaters, while picking up $ 26,871 in its second stint solo in L.A. (latter a three-day figure).

Another British pic from SPC, “The Long Day Closes,” had a disappointing L.A. opening, totaling $ 3,223 in its first three days at two sites.

At two screens in San Jose and Santa Cruz, Northern Arts’ “Tokyo Decadence” took $ 7,612 in its second weekend.

Cinevista opened “Okoge” for $ 8,420 solo in San Francisco and $ 4,050 at a single Philadelphia screen.

October Films’ “Un Coeur en Hiver” built momentum with a solid $ 22,499 at two Manhattan screens plus $ 9,631 in three days solo in L.A.

SPC’s “Jacquot” was resilient with $ 8,666 in second solo weekend in Manhattan.

Also doing well was California Newsreel’s docu “A Question of Color,” posting $ 8,476 in its second weekend exclusively in Greenwich Village.

All figures listed are for a four-day holiday weekend, unless otherwise stated.

Los Angeles

“Chain of Desire” (Mad Dog Pictures) bowed with impressive $ 12,764 in first weekend at Landmark Nuart.

“The Long Day Closes” (Sony Pictures Classics) started with a quiet $ 1,953 in three-day first weekend at Laemmle Sunset 5; $ 1,270 in same at Landmark NuWilshire.

“Orlando” (Sony Pictures Classics) solid $ 26,871 in 3-day second weekend at Laemmle Royal.

“Un Coeur en Hiver” (October Films) nice $ 9,631 in three-day third weekend at Laemmle Music Hall.

“Equinox” (IRS Releasing) fair $ 6,035 in three-day third weekend at Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Wide Sargasso Sea” (Fine Line) OK $ 3,658 in third weekend at Cineplex Beverly Center; $ 2,713 in second weekend at Mann Westwood Fourplex; $ 3,077 in second weekend at Cineplex Century Plaza.

“House of Cards” (Miramax) did minuscule $ 2,151 in second weekend at Landmark Goldwyn Pavilion; improved to $ 2,127 in same at Cineplex Fairfax.

“The Story of Qiu Ju” (Sony Pictures Classics) minor $ 2,241 in three-day second weekend at Laemmle Monica; moved over to Laemmle Sunset 5 for slow $ 2, 046 in three-day first weekend there.

New York

“Orlando” hip $ 46,392 in fourth weekend at Angelika; hot $ 40,435 in same at Lincoln Plaza.

“Un Coeur en Hiver” rock-solid $ 15,150 in fifth weekend at Lincoln Plaza; $ 7,349 in fourth weekend at Village East.

“Jacquot” (Sony Pictures Classics) solid $ 8,666 in second weekend at Lincoln Plaza.

“A Question of Color” (California Newsreel) big $ 8,476 in second weekend at Film Forum.

“The Music of Chance” (IRS Releasing) steady $ 7,925 in fifth weekend at Paris Fine Arts.

“Hard Boiled” (Rim Film Distributors) nice $ 6,699 in three-day third weekend at Cinema Village.

“For a Lost Soldier” (Strand) $ 6,497 in 9th weekend at Quad.

“Romper Stomper” (Academy) decent $ 5,526 in fourth weekend at Film Forum.

“Chain of Desire”$ 4,397 in 2nd weekend at Village East; $ 2,828 in same at 57th St. Playhouse.

“The Story of Qiu Ju” improved to $ 3,912 in second weekend at Angelika 57; $ 6,194 in fourth weekend at Village East.

“House of Cards” slow $ 3,267 in second weekend at Plaza; $ 3,667 in same at Quad.

“American Heart” (Triton) uptick to $ 5,395 in eighth weekend at Village East.

“Visions of Light” (Kino) good $ 4,671 in sixth weekend at Quad.

“The Lover” (MGM/UA) acceptable $ 4,521 in third weekend at Village East.

“Brother’s Keeper” (Creative Thinking) okay $ 3,855 in third weekend at Quad.

“Indochine” (Sony Pictures Classics) better $ 3,169 in fourth weekend at Worldwide.

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