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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