‘Fiorile’ flowers in N.Y.; ‘Papaya’ grows in L.A.

A few first-weekers in both Los Angeles and New York kept the exclusives roster afloat last weekend.

Strongest was Fine Line’s “Fiorile” in Gotham, taking nearly $ 30,000 at two screens. First Look’s “The Scent of Green Papaya” had a decent debut weekend in L.A. and held fairly even back East.

The following is a list of weekend grosses for films in exclusive release in New York and L.A.

Los Angeles

“The Scent of Green Papaya” (First Look) debuted to $ 7,402 at the Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion and $ 7,258 at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Highway Patrolman” (First Look) debuted at the Landmark Nuart to $ 7,979.

“The Accompanist” (Sony Pictures Classics) slipped 19% to $ 2,544 in its seventh weekend at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Faraway, So Close” (Sony Pictures Classics) inched forward 1% to $ 2,287 in its third at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Strictly Ballroom” (Miramax) pulled $ 1,044 in the first week of a limited rerelease at the Los Feliz.

“Sex and Zen” (Rim Film) jumped 34% to $ 765 in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

New York

“Fiorile” (Fine Line) debuted to $ 17,921 at Lincoln Plaza and $ 11,075 at the Village East.

“The Scent of Green Papaya” was down 6% to $ 13,607 in its second at Lincoln Plaza.

“The 24th Intl. Tournee of Animation” (Samuel Goldwyn Co.) slipped 12% to $ 12,605 in its third at the Angelika.

“Paris, France” (Alliance) opened to $ 10,589 at the Quad.

“The Accompanist” was off 27% to $ 5,734 in its seventh at Lincoln Plaza and 27% to $ 3,368 in its fourth at the Quad.

“Faraway, So Close” slipped 3% to $ 6,672 in its seventh at the Angelika.

“Strictly Ballroom” fell 20% to $ 2,962 in its sixth at the Cineplex Odeon Worldwide and held even at $ 1,712 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon 34th Street East.

“Bad Girls” (Castle Hill) crashed 56% to $ 2,562 in its second at the Quad.

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