Big-ticket flicks debut strongly on both coasts

The holidays were kind to the bulk of productions on the Los Angeles-New York exclusives roster, with a large number reporting gains over the previous weekend. Even some of the majors weighed in with limited-release fare in the coastal cities.

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

Los Angeles

“Philadelphia” (TriStar) slipped 6% to $ 26,508 in its second at the AMC Century 14 but rose 14% to $ 39,124 at the Mann Criterion 6.

“In the Name of the Father” (Universal) opened at the AMC Century 14 to $ 21, 202 and the Cineplex Odeon Universal City 18 to $ 36,971.

“Shadowlands” (Savoy) debuted to $ 21,086 at the Fine Arts and $ 14,307 at Santa Monica 7.

“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” (Paramount) jumped 14% to $ 8,954 in its third at the Mann Festival and 26% to $ 12,094 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center, but slipped a modest 2% to $ 11,172 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Universal City 18.

“Naked” (Fine Line) was up 20% to $ 4,159 in its third weekend at the Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion and 22% to $ 6,478 in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“The Snapper” (Miramax) slipped a tiny 1% to $ 4,679 in its fifth at the Laemmle Sunset 5 but jumped 39% to $ 5,835 in its fifth at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Faraway, So Close” (Sony Pictures Classics) was up 5% to $ 7,545 in its second at the Laemmle Royal.

“Blue” (Miramax) climbed 13% to $ 6,230 in its fourth at the Landmark NuArt.

“The Accompanist” (Sony Pictures Classics) gained 22% with $ 5,396 at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Like Water for Chocolate” (Miramax) soared 186% to $ 3,057 in its seventh at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Wrestling Ernest Hemingway” (Warner Bros.) fell 32% to $ 2,872 in its third at the AMC Century 14.

“The Wedding Banquet” (Samuel Goldwyn Co.) was up 40% to $ 354 in its 22nd at the Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

New York

“Philadelphia” climbed 20% to $ 51,271 in its second at the Gemini Twin.

“Shadowlands” debuted to $ 45,690 at the Cineplex Odeon Beekman.

“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” up 50% to $ 18,257 in its third at the Loews Tower East and 43% to $ 21,256 in its third at the Loews 19th Street East.

“In the Name of the Father” debuted to $ 31,489 at the Cineplex Odeon First and 62nd Street.

“The Snapper” jumped 28% to $ 13,526 in its sixth at the Lincoln Plaza and 57 % to $ 17,184 in its fifth at the Angelika.

“Naked” rose 58% to $ 11,199 in its third at the Thalia and 11% to $ 16,778 in its third at the Angelika.

“Faraway, So Close” was up 15% to $ 9,371 in its second at the Lincoln Plaza and 16% to $ 15,540 in its second at the Angelika.

“The Accompanist” climbed 2% to $ 14,582 in its second at the Lincoln Plaza.

“Like Water for Chocolate” was up 26% to $ 5,637 in its 46th at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall, and opened at the Quad to $ 5,867.

“The Trial” (Angelika) increased 36% to $ 4,518 in its sixth at the Angelika 57 and opened to $ 4,512 at the Angelika.

“The War Room” (October) plummeted 302% to $ 7,603 in its ninth at the Film Forum.

“The Wedding Banquet” jumped 164% to $ 5,661 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Worldwide.

“Wrestling Ernest Hemingway” opened at the Cineplex Odeon Plaza to $ 3,074.

“The Saint of Fort Washington” (Warner Bros.) rose 58% to $ 2,092 in its third at the Movieland Eighth Street.

“Bank Robber” (IRS) shed 26% to $ 1,344 in its fourth at the Village East.

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