NEW YORK – Distribs of specialized films had plenty to be thankful for this holiday weekend as most pics on the exclusives roster logged gains.

Fine Line’s “Shine” moved to the top of the limited-release list as Miramax’s “The English Patient” expanded to more than 500 screens nationwide. Scott Hicks’ emotional drama about a tormented concert pianist rang up $156,673 in seven conservatories on both coasts. All figures are for the weekend, not the five-day frame.

Miramax’s “Swingers” showed legs with grosses of $86,928 in six bachelor pads in Gotham and L.A.

“The Crucible’s” Gotham debut of $62,995 on one pyre was strong enough to win the 20th Century Fox release the No. 3 slot on the list.

Also making an impressive bow on the East Coast was Miramax’s “Ridicule,” which rang up $47,393 on three screens.

Miramax’s “Sling Blade” debuted on both coasts, with grosses of $14,636 on one screen in L.A., nearly twice the $7,171 that Billy Bob Thornton’s feature directorial debut brought home in one Gotham location.

New Yorker’s “Three Lives and Only One Death” arrived in Los Angeles with grosses of $5,144 on one screen.

The following are the weekend grosses for films playing on a limited number of screens in Los Angeles and New York.

Los Angeles

“Shine” (Fine Line) climbed 13% to $21,989 in its second at the Laemmle Monica, rose 19% to $20,230 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Showcase, slipped 4% to $16,252 in its second at the AMC Century 14 and brought in $13,631 in its first at the United Artists’ Westwood.

“Swingers” (Miramax) picked up 20% to $14,884 in its seventh at the Cineplex Odeon Broadway, 9% to $14,624 in its seventh at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 15% to $10,887 in its seventh at the United Artists Westwood.

“Big Night” (Rysher/Goldwyn) climbed 68% to $7,025 in its 11th at the Mann Criterion 6, 26% to $6,515 in its 11th at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 16% to $4,885 in its 11th at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Breaking the Waves” (October) surged 58% to $15,783 in its second at the Laemmle Royal.

“Sling Blade” (Miramax) debuted with $14,636 at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Secrets & Lies” (October) increased 33% to $4,956 in its ninth at the Laemmle Sunset 5, 94% to $4,591 in its ninth at the Laemmle Monica and 7% to $2,831 in its ninth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Beautiful Thing” (Sony Pictures Classics) slipped 1% to $8,431 in its fifth at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“The Funeral” (October) gained 17% to $3,499 in its fourth at the Laemmle Monica and 12% to $2,906 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Bitter Sugar” (Overseas) rose 6% to $3,910 in its second at the Laemmle Music Hall and 8% to $2,385 in its second at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Unhook the Stars” (Miramax) climbed 19% to $5,458 in its fifth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Vertigo” (Universal re-release) gained 10% to $2,972 in its third at the Mann Plaza and lost 8% to $2,431 in its third at the GCC Galaxy 6.

“Three Lives and Only One Death” (New Yorker Films) debuted with $5,144 at the Landmark Nuart.

“The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” (Sony Pictures Classics) withered 3% to $3,672 in its third at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Microcosmos” (Miramax) skyrocketed 132% to $3,525 in its seventh at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Mother Night” (Fine Line) increased 2% to $2,764 in its fifth at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“The War at Home” (Touchstone) dropped 24% to $2,359 in its second at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Looking for Richard” (Fox Searchlight) gave up 5% to $1,368 in its sixth at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center and 22% to $648 in its sixth at the Laemmle Monica.

“Twelfth Night” (Fine Line) soared 72% to $1,692 in its second at the Laemmle Monica.

“Surviving Picasso” (Warner Bros.) expanded 15% to $1,461 in its 10th at the AMC Fine Arts.

“Joseph Conrad’s the Secret Agent” (Fox Searchlight) lost 25% to $949 in its fourth at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Jude” (Gramercy) gained 36% to $536 in its fifth at the Cineplex Beverly Center.

New York

“Shine” slipped 18% to $41,729 in its second at Sony Lincoln Square and 12% to $20,932 in its second at City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue. It rang up $21,910 in its first at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“The Crucible” (20th Century Fox) debuted with $62,995 at Sony Lincoln Square.

“Ridicule” (Miramax) bowed to $18,639 at Lincoln Plaza, $15,613 at the City Cinemas Angelika and $13,141 at the City Cinemas 68th Street Playhouse.

“Swingers” slipped 11% to $19,082 in its seventh at the City Cinemas Angelika, 18% to $15,300 in its seventh at City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue and $12,151 at the Cineplex Odeon 62nd Street and Broadway.

“Big Night” moved ahead 8% to $14,916 in its 11th at Lincoln Plaza, rose 6% to $7,536 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Cinema 3, sacrificed 62% to $3,901 in its fourth at City Cinemas Village East and brought home $3,423 in its first at the Loews State.

“Secrets & Lies” grew 21% to $12,663 in its 10th at Lincoln Plaza and 27% to $8,754 in its 10th at the City Cinemas East Side Playhouse. It rang up $5,516 in its first at the Screening Room.

“Looking for Richard” gave up 4% to $10,269 in its eighth at Lincoln Plaza and took in $5,118 in its first at the Cineplex Odeon Waverly Twin.

“The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” fell 13% to $14,544 in its fourth at Lincoln Plaza.

“Breaking the Waves” added 5% to $13,708 in its third at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Surviving Picasso” increased 40% to $12,151 in its 11th at the Loews Paris.

“Microcosmos” gained 23% to $10,847 in its eighth at the Film Forum.

“Beautiful Thing” rose 17% to $9,700 in its eighth at the Quad.

“The Funeral” surrendered 16% to $9,685 in its fifth at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“A Single Girl” (Strand) slipped 3% to $8,284 in its third at the Quad.

“Bitter Sugar” inched ahead 2% to $5,448 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall and fell 55% to $2,605 in its second at the City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue.

“Sling Blade” debuted with $7,171 at Lincoln Plaza.

“Twelfth Night” dropped 16% to $5,513 in its sixth at the Cineplex Odeon Regency.

“Everything Relative” (Tara) took in $5,144 in its first at the Quad.

“A Leap of Faith” (Cinema Parallel) debuted with $4,056 at the Quad.

“Zero Kelvin” (Kino Intl.) bowed to $3,741 at the Film Forum.

“The Proprietor” fell 29% to $2,961 in its seventh at Cineplex Odeon Carnegie hall.

“Mother Night” rang up $2,778 in its first at City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue.

“The War at Home” took in $1,963 in its first at the Loews Orpheum Sevenplex.

“Hype!” (CFP) gave up 39% to $1,866 in its third at the Loews State.

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