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‘Smilla’ a thrilla at exclusives; ‘Sutra’ 2nd

NEW YORK — Fox Searchlight’s “Smilla’s Sense of Snow” ascended to the peak of the exclusives roster in its third week on the list.

Bille August’s film adaptation of Peter Hoeg’s international bestseller of the same name piled up $92,240 in eight blizzards on both coasts. Helping push “Smilla” to the top of the heap was the absence of Miramax’s “Sling Blade,” which went wide.

Trimark’s “Kama Sutra” moved into the No. 2 position on the roster in its third outing. Mira Nair’s meditation on love and lust brought home $42,307 in four boudoirs in Los Angeles and Gotham.

October’s Oscar-nominated “Secrets & Lies” demonstrated renewed strength in the countdown to the Academy Awards. Mike Leigh’s study of class, color and family ties in modern-day Britain revealed $42,015 in five screen-ing rooms.

Specialized film distribs such as October, Miramax and Fine Line have been consumed with their Oscar campaigns in recent weeks rather than with releasing new pics. As a result, there were few newcomers last weekend.

One exception was Northern Arts’ “Drunks,” which imbibed $10,920 in one taproom in its New York debut. Mi-ramax’s “The Substance of Fire,” which had an Oscar-qualifying run in 1996, returned to the list with a respectable East Coast debut of $9,056.

CFP’s “Daytrippers” was the third-most-popular limited-release film in Gotham, with weekend grosses of $30,417, down 15% from the previous week.

The following are the grosses for films playing on a limited number of screens in new York and Los Angeles.

Los Angeles

“Smilla’s Sense of Snow” (Fox Searchlight) fell 9% to $8,672 in its third at the AMC Century 14, 13% to $8,038 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Broadway and 20% to $4,306 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Broadway.

“Waiting for Guffman” (Sony) gave up 12% to $7,418 in its fourth at the Landmark NuWilshire and rose 1% to $6,453 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Kama Sutra” (Trimark) declined 21% to $5,248 in its third at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion, 11% to $4,619 in its third at the AMC Santa Monica 7 and 45% to $2,716 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Boys Life 2” (Strand) surrendered 10% to $11,159 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Secrets & Lies” (October) picked up 24% to $5,591 in its 24th at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion and 83% to $5,327 in its fifth at the AMC Fine Arts.

“Lost Highway” (October) dropped 25% to $6,274 in its fourth at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 33% to $4,158 in its fourth at the AMC Santa Monica 7.

“The Graduate” (Strand re-issue) bowed to $6,289 at the Laemmle Royal.

“Kolya” (Miramax) climbed 23% to $5,233 in its eighth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Jerusalem” (First Look) surrendered 5% to $4,588 in its second at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Breaking the Waves” (October) dipped 27% to $4,007 in its 12th at the Laemmle Monica.

“The Eighth Day” (Gramercy) fell 22% to $3,936 in its second at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Margaret’s Museum” (Cabin Fever) bowed to $3,815 at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Hamlet” (Sony) rang up $3,675 in its first at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Ridicule” (Miramax) descended 9% to $3,455 in its 15th at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“When We Were Kings” (Gramercy) lost 11% to $2,721 in its fifth at the AMC Century 14.

“Prisoner of the Mountains” (Metromedia) fell 15% to $2,384 in its sixth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavil-ion.

“Hard Eight” (Metromedia) gave up 6% to $2,292 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Gentlemen Don’t Eat Poets” (Live Entertainment) bowed to $1,767 at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Rhyme & Reason” (Miramax) lost 40% to $1,163 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Broadway.

“Lone Star” (Sony Pictures Classics) ascended 51% to $868 in its fifth at the Laemmle Music Hall.

New York

“Smilla’s Sense of Snow” melted 11% to $20,301 in its third at Sony Lincoln Square, 5% to $15,266 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Beekman, 8% to $12,402 in its third at the Loews 19th Street East, 8% to $12,402 in its third at the Loews 19th Street East and 11% to $10,853 in its third at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Secrets & Lies” rose 14% to $13,838 in its 25th at Lincoln Plaza, slipped 1% to $9,352 in its fifth at the Quad and fell 11% to $7,907 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon First and 62nd Street.

“The Daytrippers” (CFP) gave up 12% to $15,920 in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika and 19% to $14,497 in its second at Lincoln Plaza.

“Kama Sutra” dipped 3% to $29,724 in its third at Sony Lincoln Square.

“Kolya” sacrificed 3% to $13,552 in its eighth at Lincoln Plaza and 13% to $8,113 in its third at the City Cinemas Village East. It brought home $6,810 in its first at the City Cinemas 68th Street Playhouse.

“Lost Highway” dropped 32% to $13,532 in its fourth at the Loews Village Sevenplex, 48% to $7,346 in its fourth at Lincoln Square and 40% to $2,822 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon First and 62nd Street. It rang up $4,225 in its first at the Cineplex Odeon 34th Street East.

“When We Were Kings” fell 25% to $13,159 in its fifth at the Sony Lincoln Square and $9,805 at the Loews 19th Street East.

“Boys Life 2” fell 15% to $16,680 in its second at the Quad.

“Breaking the Waves” rose 1% to $8,053 in its 18th at the City Cinemas Angelika and 7% to $6,549 in its 11th at the City Cinemas Eastside Playhouse.

“Hamlet” brought home $11,893 in its first at the Loews Paris.

“Drunks” (Northern Arts) bowed to $10,920 at the Quad.

“Prisoner of the Mountains” gained 30% to $9,317 in its seventh at Lincoln Plaza.

“The Substance of Fire” (Miramax) debuted with $4,616 at the Cineplex Odeon 62nd and Broadway and $4,440 at the Quad.

“Waiting for Guffman” climbed 8% to $8,929 in its seventh at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Le Samourai” (Artificial Eye) gave up 28% to $7,498 in its third at the Film Forum.

“Ridicule” faded 39% to $3,570 in its fifth at the Cineplex Odeon 59th Street East and 5% to $2,153 in its fourth at the Screening Room.

“Rhyme & Reason” drummed up $4,208 in its first at the Guild Embassy 2, 3 and 4 and declined 72% to $1,259 in its second at the City Cinemas Village East.

“Big Night” (Rysher/Goldwyn) surrendered 23% to $2,966 in its 17th at the Cineplex Odeon Cinema 3.

“Gentlemen Don’t Eat Poets” gave up 60% to $1,845 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Waverly.

“Boyfriends” (First Run) dipped 23% to $1,800 in its fifth at the Cinema Village.

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