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‘Shorts’ long in N.Y. B.O. as gay-themed pix thrive

Strongest starters among exclusive film releases were pictures with homosexual themes this week, adding to a large number of successful lesbian and gay-oriented 1993 releases.

Gay-themed package of short films “Boys’ Shorts” (Frameline) opened with a fine $ 10,668 first weekend at a single Greenwich Village house.

Cinevista’s Japanese import “Okoge,” also gay-themed, got off to a rousing start with $ 10,146 solo in Los Angeles.

Fine Line launched “Amongst Friends” with solid Gotham results, rounding up $ 28,345 in first weekend at three sites.

Documentary “From Hollywood to Hanoi” received upbeat reviews and started with a decent $ 5,220 first weekend solo in Greenwich Village.

Los Angeles

“Okoge” (Cinevista) tres gay with $ 10,146 in first weekend at Landmark Nuart.

“Orlando” (Sony Pictures Classics) down 9% to $ 16,453 in fifth weekend at Laemmle Royal.

“Un Coeur en Hiver” (October Films) solid improvement (plus 8%) to $ 8,069 in sixth weekend at Laemmle Music Hall.

“Equinox” (IRS Releasing) down 4% to $ 3,476 in sixth weekend at Laemmle Sunset 5; up 2% to $ 3,469 in second weekend at Landmark Nuwilshire.

“The Music of Chance” (IRS/TAE) lost 34% to $ 3,337 in second weekend at Landmark Goldwyn Pavilion; down 44% to $ 3,141 in same at Laemmle Sunset 5.

“The Story of Qiu Ju” (Sony Pictures Classics) minus 9% to $ 3,257 in fifth weekend at Laemmle Monica.

“Benefit of the Doubt” (Miramax) minus 57% to $ 1,354 in second weekend at Mann Westwood Fourplex; off 15% to $ 2,467 in same at Cineplex Century Plaza; down 23% to $ 2,158 in same at Cineplex Beverly Center. “Chain of Desire” (Mad Dog Pictures) down 16% to $ 2,605 in second weekend at Cineplex Beverly Center.

“Wide Sargasso Sea” (Fine Line) off 21% to $ 2,605 in sixth weekend at Cineplex Beverly Center.

New York

“Amongst Friends” (Fine Line) debuted with a solid $ 13,825 first weekend at Angelika; $ 7,720 in same at 68th St. Playhouse; $ 6,800 in same at Angelika 57.

“Boys’ Shorts” (Frameline) began with a quality $ 10,668 in first weekend at Village East.

“From Hollywood to Hanoi” (Friendship Bridge Prods.) bowed with a good $ 5, 220 first weekend at Film Forum.

“Orlando” down 23% to $ 17,441 in seventh weekend at Angelika; off 7% to $ 16 ,294 in same at Lincoln Plaza.

“Un Coeur en Hiver” plus 9% to $ 11,108 in eighth weekend at Lincoln Plaza; up 9% to $ 5,504 in seventh weekend at Village East.

“Road Scholar” (Goldwyn) dipped 32% to $ 5,888 in second weekend at Carnegie Hall Screening Room.

“Jacquot” (Sony Pictures Classics) steady (minus 2%) with $ 4,273 in fifth weekend at Lincoln Plaza.

“The Music of Chance” (IRS Releasing/TAE) up 1% to $ 3,871 in eighth weekend at Paris Fine Arts.

“The Story of Qiu Ju” moved over to the Plaza for a light $ 1,621 first weekend; up 10% to $ 3,773 in seventh weekend at Village East.

“For a Lost Soldier” (Strand) minus 3% to $ 3,249 in 12th weekend at Quad.

“Visions of Light” (Kino) zoomed up 40% to $ 3,112 in ninth weekend at Quad.

“Romper Stomper” (Academy) off 25% to $ 2,657 in seventh weekend at Film Forum.

“Benefit of the Doubt” lost 24% to $ 2,440 in second weekend at Village East; down 43% to $ 1,784 in same at 59th St. East; minus 26% to $ 1,595 in same at Worldwide.

“Beware of a Holy Whore” (Leisure Time Features) (reissue) moved over to the Quad for a minor $ 2,462 in first weekend after two weeks at Angelika 6.

“Chain of Desire” lost 45% to $ 1,673 in fifth sesh at Village East.

“Indochine” (Sony Pictures Classics) moved up 10% to $ 2,060 in seventh weekend at Worldwide.

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