It’s ‘Crying’ time in N.Y.; ‘Damage’ reigns in L.A.

Miramax’s “The Crying Game” dominated exclusive runs again with an amazing $ 175,081 in five days at three New York theaters. Pic is playing on a wide break in Los Angeles.

During a week in which “Scent of a Woman” and “Chaplin” both shifted to wide national release, New Line’s “Damage” continued to impress in exclusive bookings. The Louis Malle film racked up $ 83,961 in five days at three Gotham bijous and a $ 46,215 weekend at two L.A. sites.

Another notable regional run saw Frameline’s “Together Alone,” which had previously played in New York in September, complete a one-week booking at San Francisco’s Castro Theater for a big $ 29,008 gross.

Poised to go wide soon, Universal’s “Lorenzo’s Oil” did nicely with $ 37,114 over the weekend at two L.A. sites and $ 33,520 in five days at one Manhattan theater.

Goldwyn’s “Peter’s Friends” was on a medium-to-wide break in L.A. while racking up a solid $ 36,823 weekend at two New York houses.

Sony Pictures Classics’ “Indochine” held well with $ 30,037 in four days at a Gotham exclusive and $ 19,974 weekend solo in Los Angeles.

October’s import “Tous les Matins du Monde” did a fine $ 23,051 over the weekend at two Manhattan bijous and $ 20,986 in six days at two L.A. sites.

Aries’s “Bad Lieutenant” posted $ 29,711 in five days solo in L.A. while taking $ 19,331 over the weekend at two N.Y. screens.

The following are actual grosses for films in exclusive release for the three-day period in Los Angeles and New York.

Los Angeles

“Damage” (New Line) slipped 34% to still-impressive $ 37,804 in third five days at Laemmle Music Hall after $ 66,253 complete second frame; opened with fine $ 17,095 debut weekend at Mann Criterion 6.

“Indochine” (Sony Pictures Classics) fell 18% in third weekend at Laemmle Royal to $ 19,974 after $ 32,205 second week.

“Lorenzo’s Oil” (Universal) improved to $ 32,773 in second five days at AMC Century 14 after full $ 38,098 opener; bowed with OK $ 11,595 first weekend at Cineplex Universal City 18.

“Passion Fish” (Miramax) was steady with just 6% decline to $ 6,962 in fourth five-day period at Laemmle Sunset 5 after $ 8,650 third week; opened with quiet $ 3,105 in first weekend at Landmark NuWilshire.

“Bad Lieutenant” (Aries) dipped 31% to a big $ 29,711 in second five days at Nuart after bowing with $ 49,911 full week.

“Tous les Matins du Monde” (October) dipped 12% in third six days at Landmark Goldwyn Pavilion to $ 12,233 after $ 14,897 second week; down 23% in same period at Laemmle Sunset 5 to $ 8,753 after $ 11,974 in second.

“Howards End” (Sony Pictures Classics) zoomed up 83% in third weekend at Landmark Goldwyn Pavilion to $ 3,608 after $ 3,501 in second full week; dipped 12% to $ 6,071 in 10th weekend at Laemmle Sunset 5 after $ 8,866 ninth week.

“The Player” (Fine Line) (reissue) rock-steady with $ 3,475 (3% drop) in third weekend at Laemmle Sunset 5 after $ 4,993 second session; and $ 3,949 (6% dip) in same at Laemmle Monica after $ 5,417 in second week.

“Flirting” (Goldwyn) improved for the third straight weekend to $ 3,688 in eighth try at Cineplex Beverly Center after $ 4,850 seventh week; dipped 21% to $ 4,330 in third six-day period at Landmark NuWilshire after $ 5,974 second week.

“Enchanted April” (Miramax) dipped 36% to $ 5,512 in 10th weekend at Landmark NuWilshire after $ 10,732 in ninth week.

“The Quarrel” (RKO) slid 19% to $ 4,396 in seventh five-day period at Laemmle Sunset 5 after $ 5,945 in sixth week.

“Venice, Venice” (Rainbow) fell 12% to $ 1,134 in third weekend at Laemmle Monica after $ 1,791 in second frame.

New York

“The Crying Game” (Miramax) improved another 12% to whammo $ 58,788 in third five days at Sutton Twin (both screens) after $ 65,410 in full second; lost 14% to earn $ 57,217 in fourth five days (three screens) at Lincoln Plaza after $ 85 ,058 in third week; and fell 14% to $ 59,076 in seventh five days at Angelika Film Center (two screens) after $ 87,447 in sixth week.

“Damage” fell 21% to $ 28,925 in third five days at Cinema 2 after $ 42,933 in second frame; off 23% to $ 31,652 in same period at Village Sevenplex after $ 48,555 in second; down 36% to $ 23,384 in same period at 57th St. Playhouse after $ 41,655 in second.

“Indochine” dipped 20% to $ 30,037 in third four-day period at Lincoln Plaza (two screens) after $ 51,633 in second week.

“Lorenzo’s Oil” plummeted 45% to $ 33,520 in second five days exclusively at First & 62nd St. Sixplex (three screens) after $ 67,444 opener.

“Tous les Matins du Monde” down 27% to $ 14,423 in ninth weekend at Lincoln Plaza after $ 28,092 in eighth week; minus 30% to $ 8,628 in third weekend at Quad after $ 16,689 in second week.

“Bad Lieutenant” went down 18% to $ 14,066 in eighth weekend at Angelika Film Center after $ 26,351 in seventh; off 14% to $ 7,454 in third five days at Embassy 2,3 & 4 after $ 10,925 second week.

“The Lover” (MGM) lost 27% to earn $ 19,362 in 11th exclusive Manhattan weekend at Paris Fine Arts after $ 40,256 in 10th week.

“Passion Fish” dipped 16% to $ 23,510 in fourth full week at 68th St. Playhouse after $ 27,842 in third.

“Peter’s Friends” (Goldwyn) down 27% to $ 21,833 in third weekend at Angelika Film Center (two screens) after $ 40,974 in second week; lost 31% to $ 14,990 in third weekend at Carnegie Hall twin (both screens) after $ 29,803 in second frame.

“Enchanted April” was leggy at $ 7,172 (6% drop) in 24th weekend at Angelika Film Center after $ 13,550 in 23rd week; slid 25% to $ 6,893 in third weekend at Worldwide after $ 13,313 in second week.

“Howards End” down 19% to $ 7,695 in 11th weekend at Cinema 3 after $ 13,537 in 10th week; also off 19% to $ 8,985 in 11th weekend at Village East after $ 15 ,360 in 10th week.

“The Player” steady with $ 5,093 (3% drop) in third weeekend at Village East after $ 7,938 in second week; dipped 29% to $ 2,838 in third weekend at Worldwide $ 2,722 in partial second week.

“Reservoir Dogs” (Miramax) lost 23% to post $ 5,976 in second weekend at Quad after $ 12,110 debut there; off 34% to $ 5,346 in seventh five-day period at Plaza after $ 9,345 in sixth week.

“Flirting” fell 30% to $ 7,033 in seventh five-day period at Gramercy after $ 11,370 in sixth week.

“The Match Factory Girl” (Kino) off 19% to $ 6,993 in third weekend at Quad after $ 12,184 in second week.

“Intervista” (Castle Hill) went down 34% to $ 3,625 in third weekend at Quad after $ 7,705 in second there.

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