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‘Grief’ good; ‘Winter’ warms; ‘Sirens’ seductive

Despite a three-day Easter weekend, all but a few exclusive releases dropped in ticket sales. Good weather and the expanded release in New York of last week’s big winner, Gramercy’s “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” kept audiences away from the rest of the list.

Two new releases, Strand’s “Grief” and MK2 Prods.’ “A Tale of Winter,” performed well, however. Another exception was Miramax’s “Sirens,” which won back some of the numbers it lost last week in New York.

Despite some slippage, Oscar winner “Belle Epoque” from Sony Pictures Classics continued to draw decent numbers in both L.A. and Gotham.

The following is a list of weekend grosses for films released on an exclusive basis (three screens or fewer) in N.Y. and L.A.

Los Angeles

“Belle Epoque” (Sony Pictures Classics) dropped 7% to $ 19,605 in its fifth at the Laemmle Royal.

“Grief” (Strand) debuted to

$ 12,681 at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Red Rock West” (Roxy Releasing) fell 27% to $ 5,288 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Savage Nights” (Gramercy) slipped 9% to $ 3,800 in its fifth at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Suture” (Samuel Goldwyn Co.) shed 14% to $ 3,127 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Dangerous Game” (MGM) dropped 61% to $ 2,260 in its third at the Beverly Center.

New York

“Belle Epoque” slipped 20% to $ 13,121 in its sixth at the Eastside Playhouse; fell 6% to $ 20,349 in its sixth at the Lincoln Plaza; off 7% to $ 12 ,054 in its third at the Village East.

“Sirens” (Miramax) jumped 8% to $ 12,449 in its fifth at the 68th Street Playhouse and 3% to $ 17,614 in its fifth at the Angelika.

“Bitter Moon” (Action) fell 7% to $ 8,833 in its third at City Cinemas, slipped 18% to $ 4,967 in its third at the Thalia and dropped 5% to $ 9,037 in its third at the Quad.

“A Tale of Winter” (MK2 Prods.) opened to $ 11,040 at the Lincoln Plaza.

“Savage Nights” dropped 19% to $ 10,750 in its sixth at the Angelika.

“Ivan and Abraham” (New Yorker) soared 47% to $ 7,416 in its second at the Lincoln Plaza.

“Suture” fell 20% to $ 7,279 in its third at the Angelika.

“Germinal” (Sony Pictures Classics) was off 10% to $ 7,151 in its fifth at the Loews Paris.

“Fiorile” (Fine Line) rose 2% to $ 5,419 in its ninth at the Lincoln Plaza.

“Cronos” (October Films) debuted to $ 4,975 at the Angelika 57 and to $ 12, 563 at the Angelika.

“Midnight Edition” (Shapiro Glickenhaus) debuted to $ 2,493 at the Quad.

“Midnight Cowboy” (MGM/UA) opened to $ 2,042 at the Plaza, the third theater where the limited rerelease has screened this year.