‘Broken English’ speaks up for exclusives’ lead

Sony Classics ended last week with two films in the top three of the exclusive box office roster. “Broken English” was able to translate its debut into the No. 1 spot during a slow week for films in limited release.

The Kiwi twist on “Romeo and Juliet” — written by “Once Were Warriors” scribe Gregor Nicholas — rang up $27,189 in five theaters in L.A and New York.

Miramax’s revolutionary spoof, “Children of the Revolution” liberated $25,893 at four meeting halls to take second place among the exclusives.

“Children” was followed by Sony Classics’ “A Chef in Love,” which whipped up $14,675 at three theaters on each coast in its second week of release.

And New Yorker’s “Flamenco” twirled to the fourth spot based on $14,383 at one theater in Gotham — but the pic, which debuted at No. 1 in New York last week, fell to No. 3 on the Big Apple list this week.

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

Los Angeles

“The Big Sleep” (Warner Bros.) reigned supreme with $12,055 in its first at the Landmark Nuart.

“Children of the Revolution” (Miramax) marched in its debut to $5,596 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and $4,707 in its first at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Shiloh” (WB) fetched $4,365, off 50%, in its second at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion; drooped 41% to $2,446 at the Mann Fourplex Westwood; and fell 53% to $1,976 at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Broken English” (Sony Classics) translated $3,086 in receipts in its first at the Laemmle Sunset 5; $3,032 at the Laemmle Monica; and $2,242 at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Traveller” (October) tripped 37% to $4,099 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 40% in its second at the Laemmle Monica.

“All Over Me” (Fine Line) dropped 18% to $5,458 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Hollow Reed” (CFP) bowed to $5,196 at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Truth or Consequences, N.M.” (Triumph) debuted at $2,588 at the AMC Century 14 and $2,570 at the AMC Santa Monica 7.

“A Chef in Love” (Sony Classics) slumped 33% to $5,034 in its second at the Laemmle Royal.

“Das Boot: The Director’s Cut” (Sony) relaunched to $3,254 at the AMC Fine Arts.

“Anna Karenina” (WB) slipped 37% to $2,870 in its fifth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Kissed” (Malo) smooched $2,736 in its debut at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“The Quiet Room” (Fine Line) snuck away with $2,407 in its first at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Nothing Personal” (Trimark) bowed to $1,816 ($2,745 in five days) at the Laemmle Music Hall.

New York

“Broken English” made a pronounced debut of $11,891 at the City Cinemas Angelika and $6,938 at the Sony Lincoln Square.

“Children of the Revolution” bowed at $8,249 at the City Cinemas Angelika and $7,341 at the Sony Lincoln Square.

“Flamenco” (New Yorker) tumbled 22% in its second to $14,383 at Lincoln Plaza.

“The Designated Mourner” debuted at $14,160 at the City Cinemas 68th St. Playhouse.

“Diary of a Seducer” (Tree Farm) wrote up $12,660 in its debut at the Lincoln Plaza.

“Anna Karenina” bowed to $7,063 at the Loews 72nd Street East and $4,420 at the City Cinemas Village East.

“A Chef in Love” dripped 20% to $4,944 in its second at the Quad, and fell 33% to $4,697 at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall.

“Truth or Consequences, N.M.” debuted at $3,353 at the Loews State; $3,179 at the Sony Lincoln Square; and $3,145 at the Loews Village Sevenplex.

“Female Perversions” (October) dropped 13% to $9,292 in its second at the Quad.

“All Over Me” fell 25% to $8,736 in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“A Brother’s Kiss” was up 14% to $5,171 in its second at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea, but dropped 17% to $3,187 at the Cineplex Odeon Regency.

“Traveller” bowed to $3,719 at the Cineplex Odeon 62nd Street and Broadway, but slipped 2% to $3,449 in its second at the City Cinemas 1, 2 and 3rd Avenues.

“Ripe” (Trimark) smelled rosy at $7,144 in its debut at the City Cinemas Village East.

“Hollow Reed” dropped 21% to $5,684 in its third at the Quad, but debuted to $1,436 at the City Cinemas Sutton.

“Pink Flamingos” (New Line) fell 29% to $5,579 in its fourth at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Kissed” puckered up for $4,254 in its first at the City Cinemas Village East.

“Shiloh” fetched $2,540, up 25%, in its second at the City Cinemas Sutton.

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