‘Mother’ of all B.O. exclusives; ‘Shine’ shines

NEW YORK – Paramount’s “Mother” ascended the exclusives roster for the first time, with grosses of $120,924 in 10 homes in Gotham and Los Angeles. Written, directed by and starring Albert Brooks, the pic is about a man who moves home to explore his relationship with his mother, who is played by Debbie Reynolds.

“Mother” moved to the top of the list after Sony Pictures” “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Evita” both went wide.

Fine Line’s “Shine,” about Australian pianist David Helfgott’s triumph over mental illness, was the No. 2 pic on the roster. Directed by Scott Hicks, the film scored $98,110 in eight conservatories on both coasts.

Miramax’s “Everyone Says I Love You” was the third most popular limited-release pic. Woody Allen’s first musical rang up $83,567 on four screens in New York and L.A.

The only bicoastal newcomer was Cinema Village Features’ “Screwed,” a docu about Al Goldstein’s porn empire, which grossed $7,586 in two peep shows. Zeitgeist’s “Paris Was a Woman” made its bow in L.A., where it rang up $6,280 on one screen. Joining the list in Gotham was Strand Releasing’s “Inside.” The Arthur Penn pic brought home $2,456 on one screen.

Following are weekend grosses for films playing on a limited number of screens in New York and L.A.

Los Angeles

“Everyone Says I Love You” (Miramax) dipped 2%, to $22,026, in its second at the Mann Criterion 6 and 6%, to $21,854, in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Mother” (Paramount) fell 63%, to $9,714, in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center; 50%, to $9,198, in its third at the AMC Santa Monica 7, 45%, to $6,766, in its second at the Mann Festival Westwood and 57%, to $6,473, in its third at the AMC Century 14. It debuted with $4,292 at the GCC Galaxy 6.

“Hamlet” (Castle Rock/Sony) declined 15%, to $24,253, in its third at the Laemmle Royal.

“Shine” (Fine Line) gave up 37%, to $9,906, in its eighth at the Laemmle Monica; 20%, to $8,127, in its eighth at the Cineplex Odeon Showcase; 35%, to $7,945, in its seventh at the United Artists’ Westwood and 17%, to $6,874, in its eighth at the AMC Century 14.

“The Portrait of a Lady” (Gramercy) slipped 30%, to $8,977, in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5, 38%, to $6,342, in its third at the AMC Santa Monica 7 and 38%, to $4,300, in its third at the AMC Century 14.

“Marvin’s Room” (Miramax) took home $7,341 in its first at the GCC Beverly Connection 6 and $3,943 in its first at the Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza. It dropped 42%, to $5,329, in its fourth at the United Artists Westwood.

“Breaking the Waves” (October) surged 63%, to $6,554, in its third at the Laemmle Monica and 35%, to $4,020, in its third at the AMC Fine Arts.

“Secrets & Lies” (October) gave up 27%, to $5,253, in its third at the Laemmle Monica and 30%, to $4,743, in its 15th at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion Cinemas.

“Sling Blade” (Miramax) inched ahead 1%, to $8,721, in its seventh at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Thieves” (Sony Pictures Classics) fell 35%, to $5,026, in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 47% in its third at the Laemmle Monica.

“Swingers” (Miramax) climbed 4%, to $7,012, in its third at the Mann Fourplex.

“Paris Was a Woman” (Zeitgeist) debuted with $6,280 at the Landmark Nuart.

“Ridicule” (Miramax Zoe) dropped 16%, to $5,817, in its sixth at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“La Ceremonie” (New Yorker) gave up 19%, to $4,975, in its fourth at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion Cinemas.

“Big Night” (Rysher/Samuel Goldwyn) climbed 94%, to $4,928, in its 17th at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion Cinemas.

“I’m Not Rappaport” (Gramercy) fell 50%, to $3,654, in its third at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Screwed” (Cinema Village Features) picked up $3,470 in its first at the Nuart.

“Some Mother’s Son” (Castle Rock/Sony) was down 30%, to $3,170, in its third at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion Cinemas.

“Citizen Ruth” (Miramax) brought home $2,280 in its first at the Cineplex Odeon Fairfax.

“Lone Star” (Sony Pictures Classics) sacrificed 22%, to $2,189, in its fifth at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Emma” (Miramax) rang up $2,084 in its first at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“The Whole Wide World” (Sony) took in $575 in its first at the Laemmle Music Hall and $465 in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5, a 77% drop.

“Fargo” (Gramercy) rang up $780 in its first at the Laemmle Monica.

New York

“Mother” slipped 23%, to $21,520, in its third at the Sony Lincoln Square; 32%, to $19,412, in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea; and 45%, to $18,442, in its third at the Loews 72nd Street East. It took in $16,107 in its first at the Loews Village Sevenplex and $8,990 at the United Artists East 85th Street.

“Shine” faded 17%, to $23,945, in its eighth at City Cinemas 68th Street Playhouse; 12%, to $20,684, in its seventh at the City Cinemas Angelika; 1%, to $18,063, in its eighth at Sony Lincoln Square and 34%, to $12,472, in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea.

“The Portrait of a Lady” rose 20%, to $25,374, in its third at Sony Lincoln Square; gave up 38%, to $17,162, in its third at the Cineplex Odeon First and 62nd Street; and faded 44%, to $12,118, in its third at the Loews Village Sevenplex.

“Marvin’s Room” rang up $14,674 in its first at the City Cinemas Village East, dropped 11%, to $13,829, in its fourth at Sony Lincoln Square and brought home $11,519 in its first at the City Cinemas 68th Street Playhouse.

“Everyone Says I Love You” wooed $39,687 in its first at the Loews New York Twin.

“Hamlet” slipped 18%, to $27,946, in its third at the Loews Paris.

“Breaking the Waves” fell 9%, to $15,389, in its ninth at the City Cinemas Angelika and 20%, to $11,026, in its second at City Cinemas Eastside Playhouse.

“La Ceremonie” fell 18%, to $16,600, in its fourth at Lincoln Plaza and rose 5%, to $9,408, in its fourth at the Quad.

“Thieves” lost 27%, to $12,657, in its third at Lincoln Plaza and rose 6%, to $10,072, in its third at the Quad.

“Secrets & Lies” fell 16%, to $12,869, in its 16th at Lincoln Plaza and brought home $8,372 in its first at City Cinemas Village East.

“Some Mother’s Son” declined 13%, to $10,902, in its third at Sony Lincoln Square and 36%, to $9,521, in its third at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Big Night” surrendered 16%, to $11,437, in its 17th at Lincoln Plaza and 28%, to $6,491, in its eighth at the Cineplex Odeon Cinema 3.

“Swingers” dropped 15%, to $6,188, in its third at the Screening Room and gained 4%, to $4,781, in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall.

“Ridicule” moved ahead 3%, to $8,624, in its seventh at Lincoln Plaza.

“Sling Blade” surged 23%, to $7,190, in its second at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Citizen Ruth” faded 28%, to $6,853, in its fifth at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” (Sony Pictures Classics) added 4%, to $5,332, in its fourth at the Quad.

“I’m Not Rappaport” slipped 52%, to $4,715, in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Regency.

“Screwed” bowed to $4,116 at the Cinema Village.

“The Whole Wide World” fell 9%, to $3,108, in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall.

“Inside” (Strand Releasing) debuted to $2,456 at the Quad.

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