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‘Disco’ rules exclusives; ‘Sex’ seductive

'Cousin Bette,' 'High Art' show well in debuts

Gramercy’s “The Last Days of Disco” again led the exclusives roster, with Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Opposite of Sex” coming in a close second.

Directed by Whit Stillman, “Disco” boogied away with $88,063 on seven dance floors on both coasts.

Meanwhile, “Sex” seduced $86,741 in six bedrooms in New York and L.A.

Fox Searchlight’s debuting costumer “Cousin Bette” rang up $47,634 on six screens in Gotham and Los Angeles.

Other newcomers included October’s “High Art,” which painted $44,998 on three canvases; Fine Line’s “Passion in the Desert,” which explored $22,776 on four expeditions; and the Cedric Klapisch-helmed “Un Air de Famille,” a Cinema Village/Leisure Features release that served up $20,382 on two Gotham tables.

Also bowing were Gramercy’s World War II-period piece “Land Girls,” which plowed $16,981 in two fields, and Cowboy Booking’s re-release of “The Beyond,” which scared up $8,778 at midnight on two screens.

The following are the weekend grosses of films playing on a limited number of screens in New York and L.A.

Los Angeles

“The Opposite of Sex” (Sony Pictures Classics) fell 7% to $17,143 in its fourth at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 9% to $4,991 in its third at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion. It was virtually unchanged at $8,858 in its fourth at the Laemmle Monica.

“The Last Days of Disco” (Gramercy) fell 34% to $8,826 in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5, 21% to $5,161 in its third at the Mann Criterion 6 and 33% to $3,967 in its third at the AMC Century 14. It rang up $4,411 at the GCC Avco Westwood.

“High Art” (October) bowed to $12,863 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and $5,343 at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Cousin Bette” (Fox Searchlight) debuted with $7,693 at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion, $5,782 at the Loews Cineplex Showcase and $4,588 at the United Artists Westwood.

“Broadway Damage” (Jour de Fete) rang up $8,324 at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Mr. Jealousy” (Lions Gate) dropped 33% to $4,015 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 41% to $3,101 in its second at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Passion in the Desert” (Fine Line) bowed to $4,695 at the Laemmle Royal and $2,414 at the Loews Cineplex Beverly Center.

“Don’t Look Back” (Artistic License reissue) rang up $6,722 in its first at the Landmark Nuart.

“The Land Girls” (Gramercy) bowed to $6,338 at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“The Spanish Prisoner” (Sony Classics) arrested $545 in its first at the Loews Cineplex Beverly Center and $4,587 in its first at the Laemmle Monica.

“The Beyond” (Cowboy Booking) debuted with $4,492 in midnight screenings at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Deja Vu” (Rainbow) gave up 11% to $2,089 in its eighth at the Laemmle Monica. It rang up $1,263 in its first at the AMC Fine Arts.

“Beyond Silence” (Miramax) fell 11% to $2,612 in its second at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Two Girls and a Guy” (Fox Searchlight) rang up $2,550 in its first at the Loews Cineplex Fairfax.

“Wilde” (Sony Classics) gave up 18% to $2,037 in its seventh at the Laemmle Monica.

New York

“The Last Days of Disco” gained 25% to $22,518 in its third at the Loews Cineplex First and 62nd Street and 13% to $21,753 in its third at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas. It slipped 17% to $21,427 in its third at the Loews Cineplex 19th Street East.

“The Opposite of Sex” climbed 15% to $26,601 at the City Cinemas Angelika, 23% to $18,911 in its third at the Loews Cineplex Regency and 41% to $10,237 in its third at City Cinemas Eastside Playhouse.

“The Spanish Prisoner” climbed 30% to $13,347 in its 11th at Lincoln Plaza and 34% to $7,902 in its 10th at the Loews Cineplex First and 62nd Street. It rang up $9,221 in its first at City Cinemas Village East.

“Cousin Bette” debuted with $10,187 at Lincoln Plaza, $9,995 at the City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue and $9,386 at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“High Art” bowed to $26,792 at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Un Air de Famille” (Cinema Village/Leisure Time) debuted with $11,326 at Lincoln Plaza and $9,056 at the Quad.

“Kurt and Courtney” (Roxie) gained 2% to $17,020 at the Cinema Village.

“Passion in the Desert” bowed to $8,854 at the City Cinemas Angelika and $6,813 at the City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Ave-nue.

“Beyond Silence” rose 13% to $7,097 in its second at Lincoln Plaza and 43% to $4,648 in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Insomnia” (First Run) climbed 18% to $7,371 in its third at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and declined 34% to $3,472 in its third at the Quad.

“The Land Girls” debuted with $10,643 at the Paris.

“Broadway Damage” fell 8% to $6,516 in its third at the Quad.

“Wilde” declined 32% to $3,000 in its seventh at the Quad. It rang up $2,967 in its first at the Loews Cineplex 62nd Street and Broadway.

“Mr. Jealousy” brought home $4,892 at the City Cinemas Village East.

“The Beyond” debuted with $4,268 in a midnight screening at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Clockwatchers” (Artistic License) racked up $2,995 in its first at the Screening Room.

“Deja Vu” was almost unchanged at $2,712 in its eighth at the Quad.

“The Hanging Garden” (MGM) dropped 30% to $2,480 in its second at the City Cinemas Village East.

“Artemisia” (Miramax) rang up $2,150 at the Sutton.

“Day at the Beach” (Arrow) brought home $1,452 at the Screening Room.

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