With few new exclusives entering release, Miramax’s “The Crying Game” continues to be the hot ticket in Gotham, followed by other Oscar hopefuls “Damage” and “Indochine.”

Already in wider release on the West Coast, “The Crying Game” was rock-steady in Manhattan with $ 176,076 in five days at three theaters.

New Line’s “Damage” is poised to go wide shortly, and meanwhile had a solid $ 72,979 in five days (fourth week) at three Manhattan screens plus a $ 36,800 weekend at two L.A. houses.

Sony Pictures Classics’ “Indochine” did $ 24,810 in Manhattan and $ 20,134 in Los Angeles over the weekend in exclusive runs.

WB’s “Unforgiven” returned to the marketplace in a wide L.A. run plus a very satisfying $ 11,130 exclusive weekend at Manhattan’s Village East.

Besides “Unforgiven,” many other films receiving year-end critical kudos were booked for Oscar consideration, including Par’s “Bob Roberts,” which took $ 5, 576 at one Manhattan house and $ 3,400 solo in L.A. over the weekend.

Two Moon Releasing opened “Motorama” exclusively at two Los Angeles theaters for a quiet $ 4,660 weekend.

Gloria Prods.’ self-distribbed John Berry’s “A Captive in the Land” had slow results, earning $ 1,670 in first solo weekend at New York’s Angelika Film Center.

Los Angeles

“Damage” (New Line) still hotsy with $ 27,534 in fourth five-day period at Laemmle Music Hall (totaling nearly $ 200,000 in run so far); held with $ 14,926 in second weekend (down 13%) at Mann Criterion 6.

“Indochine” (Sony Pictures Classics) impressed with 1% rise to $ 20,134 in fourth weekend at Laemmle Royal.

“Bad Lieutenant” (Aries) had only 8% decline to $ 27,208 in third five-day period at Nuart.

“Tous les Matins du Monde” (October) held at $ 11,203 in fourth five days (down 8%) at Landmark Goldwyn Pavilion; slipped 24% to $ 6,620 in fourth six-day period at Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Passion Fish” (Miramax) went up an amazing 119% to $ 6,794 in second weekend at Landmark NuWilshire and improved 9% to $ 7,561 in fifth five days at Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Motorama” (Two Moon Releasing) road-movied to a disappointing $ 4,649 in first five days at Laemmle Sunset 5 and $ 1,509 in first weekend at Laemmle Monica.

“Peter’s Friends” (Goldwyn) dipped only 8% to $ 9,176 in fourth weekend at Landmark Goldwyn Pavilion; down 20% to $ 7,874 in same period at Cineplex Beverly Center; and minus 25% to $ 4,714 in same at Cineplex Broadway.

“Howards End” (Sony Pictures Classics) still potent with $ 6,584 in 11th weekend at Laemmle Sunset 5; $ 3,476 in fourth weekend at Landmark Goldwyn Pavilion (down 4%).

“The Player” (Fine Line) (return) increased 8% to $ 4,268 in fourth weekend at Laemmle Monica but plummeted 42% to $ 2,011 in fourth weekend at Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Enchanted April” (Miramax) is chipper with $ 6,335 (15% increase) in 11th weekend at Landmark NuWilshire.

“The Last of the Mohicans” (Fox) (reissue) back in action with OK $ 4,022 first weekend at UA Coronet.

“A River Runs Through It” (Columbia) (reissue) is back with fair $ 3,774 in first weekend at Cineplex Westwood.

“Bob Roberts” (Paramount) (reissue) for Academy members earned a decent $ 3, 400 in first weekend at Cineplex Beverly Center.

“Glengarry Glen Ross” (New Line) (reissue) looking for Oscar notice with minor $ 2,302 in first weekend at UA Coronet.

“Flirting” (Goldwyn) vampedfor $ 2,263 in first weekend at Landmark Goldwyn Pavilion.

“The Quarrel” (RKO) moved over to Laemmle Sunset 5 for weak $ 1,812 in first weekend there.

“Venice, Venice” (Rainbow) lingered with $ 1,018 in fourth weekend (down 10%) at Laemmle Monica.

New York

“The Crying Game” improved once again (5%) to $ 61,848 in fourth five days at Sutton Twin (both screens); was dead even with $ 56,949 in fifth five days at Lincoln Plaza (three screens); and dipped just 3% to $ 57,279 in eighth five days at Angelika (more than $ 500,000 at this house so far).

“Damage” was off 10% to $ 26,132 in fourth five days at Cinema 2; down 14% to $ 20,040 in same period at 57th St. Playhouse; and minus 15% to $ 26,807 in same at Village Sevenplex.

“Indochine” posted a solid fourth weekend with $ 24,810 (down 3%) at Lincoln Plaza (two screens).

“Peter’s Friends” is catching on with a 17% boost to $ 17,581 in fourth weekend at Carnegie Hall Cinema (both screens); down 16% to $ 18,368 in same period at Angelika.

“Tous les Matins du Monde” was rock-steady with $ 8,672 in fourth weekend at Quad (up 1%) and $ 13,626 in 10th weekend (off 6%) at Lincoln Plaza.

“Unforgiven” impressed with big $ 11,130 exclusive weekend at Village East.

“Bad Lieutenant” benefited from Harvey Keitel’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live” with 2% increase at Angelika Film Center to $ 14,291 in ninth weekend and lasted with $ 6,314 in fourth five days at Embassy 2,3 & 4.

“Passion Fish” moved up 9% to $ 25,659 in fifth full week at 68th St. Playhouse.

“Enchanted April” wowed ‘em with a 32% rise to $ 9,446 in 25th weekend at Angelika Film Center; 4% increase to $ 7,176 in fourth weekend at Worldwide.

“Howards End” improved by 18% to $ 9,077 in 12th weekend at Cinema 3; up 2% to $ 9,137 in 12th weekend at Village East.

“The Lover” (MGM) held steady with $ 18,977 (down 2%) in 12th weekend at Paris Fine Arts.

“The Match Factory Girl” (Kino) has found a home with $ 6,150 (off 12%) in fourth weekend at Quad.

“Bob Roberts” found nice $ 5,576 in first weekend at Village Sevenplex.

“Flirting” continued with $ 5,438 (down 5%) in eighth weekend at Gramercy.

“A River Runs Through It” gave Redford a second wind with a whopping 85% increase to $ 4,520 in eighth weekend at Worldwide.

“Reservoir Dogs” (Miramax) was steady with $ 6,049 in third weekend at Quad (up 1%); $ 5,136 (down 4%) in eighth five-day period at Plaza.

“The Player” moved up 11% to $ 3,139 in fourth weekend at Worldwide; improved 8% to $ 4,164 in same period at Value Art East; and dipped 3% to $ 4,951 in same at Village East.

“Glengarry Glen Ross” zoomed up 36% to $ 3,667 in sixth weekend at Worldwide.

“Intervista” (Castle Hill) Fellinied its way to $ 2,995 in fourth weekend (off 17%) at Quad.

“A Captive in the Land” (Gloria Prods.) began with a weak $ 1,670 first weekend at Angelika Film Center.

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