The recent downward trend continued last weekend for the Los Angeles-New York exclusives, with the bulk of screens on either coast given to holiday biggies from the majors. Market for the indies was tight.

Still, several films performed well, with “Six Degrees of Separation” doing fine at its exclusive engagements in both cities, particularly New York. IRS’ “The Bank Robber,” on the other hand, couldn’t muster much interest even with its NC-17 rating.

The following is a list of weekend grosses for films released on an exclusive basis in New York and Los Angeles.

Los Angeles

“Six Degrees of Separation” (MGM) debuted to $ 19,188 at the AMC Century 14.

“The Snapper” (Miramax) fell 44% to $ 4,033 in its second at the Century 14; 44% to $ 4,345 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5; and 47% to $ 4,994 in its second at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Blue” (Miramax) debuted at the Landmark NuArt to $ 11,874.

“Jamon Jamon” (Academy) fell 27% to $ 4,071 in its seventh weekend at the Laemmle Royal; opened at the Los Feliz to $ 1,695.

“Sex and Zen” (Rim Film) was off 28% to $ 2,053 in its fifth at the Los Feliz and 30% to $ 2,792 in its 18th at the Laemmle Monica.

“Bank Robber” (IRS) opened at the Laemmle Music Hall to $ 2,909 and earned $ 1,871 at the Laemmle Monica.

“The War Room” (October) fell 36% to $ 2,356 in its fourth at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 33% to $ 2,030 in its fourth at the Laemmle Monica.

“The Wedding Banquet” (Samuel Goldwyn) slipped 36% to $ 2,265 in its 19th at the Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Boys’ Shorts” (Frameline) slipped 42% to $ 1,771 in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Like Water for Chocolate” (Miramax) was off 3% to $ 1,369 in its fourth at the Landmark NuWilshire.

New York

“Six Degrees of Separation” opened big to $ 33,870 at the Cineplex Odeon Coronet.

“The Snapper” was down 43% to $ 10,211 in its third at Lincoln Plaza and 26% to $ 10,953 in its second at the Angelika.

“The Trial” (Angelika) plummeted 51% to $ 5,357 in its third at the Angelika 57 and opened to $ 7,535 at the Angelika.

“The War Room” slipped 35% to $ 4,487 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall and 28% to $ 5,395 in its sixth at the Film Forum.

“Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation ’93″ (Festival Films) dropped 20% to $ 6,772 in its second at the Cinema Village.

“Like Water for Chocolate” was off 12% to $ 3,829 in its 43rd weekend at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall and 46% to $ 2,507 in its sixth at the Quad.

“Bank Robber” opened to $ 5,555 at the Village East.

“The Wedding Banquet” was down 36% to $ 2,303 in its 10th at the Cineplex Odeon Cinema 3 and 48% to $ 3,056 at the Angelika.

“The Hawk” (Castle Hill) debuted to $ 4,535 at the Quad.

“The Saint of Fort Washington” (Warner Bros.) dropped 52% to $ 2,630 in its fourth at the Loews New York Twin.

“The Ballad of Little Jo” (New Line) opened to $ 2,242 at the Thalia.

“Mazeppa” (MK2) slipped 34% to $ 2,162 in its second at the Village East.

“Baraka” (Samuel Goldwyn) was off 24% to $ 2,080 in its third at the Quad.

“Jamon Jamon” dropped 43% to $ 2,069 in its sixth at the Quad.

“Dangerous Game” (MGM) fell 69% to $ 2,002 in its fourth at the Greenwich Twin.

“Into the West” (Miramax) crashed 76% to $ 389 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Worldwide.

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