The Jan. 17 Northridge earthquake sent aftershocks through the exclusives roster last weekend. Biz drops in Los Angeles were the rule, and pix struggling through opening weekends generally did sub-par box office.
New York lines were longer, with a mild reprieve in the bone-chilling temps apparently encouraging some moviegoing. Fine Line’s “Naked” did particularly well in Gotham.
The following is a list of weekend grosses for films released on an exclusive basis in New York and Los Angeles.
“The 24th Tournee of Animation” (Samuel Goldwyn) bowed to $ 8,039 at the Landmark NuArt.
“Naked” (Fine Line) fell 13% to $ 6,629 in its sixth at the Laemmle Sunset 5.
“The Accompanist” (Sony Pictures Classics) dropped 61% to $ 2,255 in its fifth at the Laemmle Music Hall.
“Wrestling Ernest Hemingway” (Warner Bros.) opened to $ 840 at the United Artists Westwood, but fell 20% to $ 1,182 in its sixth at the AMC Century 14.
“Faraway, So Close” (Sony Pictures Classics) opened to $ 1,661 at the Laemmle Music Hall.
“Sex and Zen” (Rim Film) re-opened to $ 444 at the Laemmle Sunset 5.
“Jamon Jamon” (Academy) began a run at the Laemmle Monica with $ 238.
“Naked” bowed to $ 9,594 at the 68th Street Playhouse, slipped 9% to $ 6,939 in its sixth at the Thalia but climbed 2% to $ 19,614 in its sixth at the Angelika Film Center.
“The Accompanist” gained 14% to $ 9,005 in its fifth at Lincoln Plaza and 1% to $ 4,323 in its second at the Quad.
“Faraway, So Close” off 8% to $ 5,494 in its fifth at Lincoln Plaza and 23% to $ 7,504 in its fifth at the Angelika.
“Strictly Ballroom” (Miramax) climbed 16% to $ 4,054 in the fourth week of its limited re-release at Cineplex Odeon Worldwide.
“The Trial” (Angelika) jumped 71% to $ 3,468 in its ninth at the Angelika 57.
“Wrestling Ernest Hemingway” was up 21% to $ 1,702 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon Plaza.