‘Papaya’ still firm, ‘Cement’ strong in exclusives

The trend was southward for the indies on the exclusives roster, although some of the stronger pix kept their audiences. First Look’s “The Scent of Green Papaya” held better in Los Angeles than New York, percentage-wise, but Fine Line’s “Fiorile” stayed in its lofty position in Gotham.

Among the newcomers, October’s Brit pic “The Cement Garden” opened well at New York’s Angelika.

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

Los Angeles

“The Scent of Green Papaya” (First Look) climbed 4% to $ 7,699 in its second at the Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion but slipped 8% to $ 6,698 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Twogether” (Borde Film Releasing) debuted at the Laemmle Monica to $ 6,885.

“Highway Patrolman” (First Look) crashed 28% to $ 5,742 in its second at the Landmark Nuart.

“Faraway, So Close” (Sony Pictures Classics) dropped 22% to $ 1,779 in its fourth at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Sex and Zen” (Rim Film) fell 25% to $ 571 in its fourth at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

New York

“Fiorile” (Fine Line) was off 25% to $ 13,364 in its sophomore weekend at Lincoln Plaza and 19% to $ 9,023 in its second at the Village East.

“The Cement Garden” (October) opened at the Angelika to $ 13,453.

“The Scent of Green Papaya” slipped 30% to $ 9,497 in its third at Lincoln Plaza.

“The 24th Intl. Tournee of Animation” (Samuel Goldwyn Co.) off 36% to $ 8,114 in its fourth at the Angelika.

“Paris, France” (Alliance) was down 30% to $ 7,372 in its second at the Quad.

“Faraway, So Close” fell 35% to $ 4,346 in its eighth at the Angelika.

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