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‘Shine’ back to top exclusive

NEW YORK – Buoyed by awards from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures and the New York Film Critics Circle, Fine Line’s “Shine” regained its luster and returned to the top of the exclusives roster.

Scott Hicks’ emotional biopic about an Australian classical pianist who triumphs over mental illness brought home $97,435 in seven concert halls in Gotham and L.A.

“Shine” no longer faces competition on the list from Miramax’s “Everyone Says I Love You,” which ended its one-week Oscar qualifying run, and Miramax’s “The English Patient,” which has gone wide.

“The Crucible’s” L.A. debut helped propel 20th Century Fox’s film adaptation of the classic Arthur Miller play about the Salem witch trials to the No. 2 slot on the roster, with grosses of $74,409 in three courtrooms on both coasts.

Miramax’s “Swingers” continued to show legs. Doug Liman’s ensemble comedy starring Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn took home $42,807 in six nightspots in New York and L.A.

After the recent flood of new specialized pics, it was a quiet week for the list. The only limited-release film to open on both coasts was Miramax’s “Citizen Ruth,” a sendup of the abortion rights battle starring Laura Dern. “Ruth” rang up $16,821 on two screens in Gotham, nearly four times the $4,085 it brought home on the same number on the West Coast.

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

Los Angeles

“Shine” (Fine Line) faded 24% to $9,737 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon Showcase, gained 10% to $8,343 in its third at the United Artists’ Westwood and slipped 48% to $6,792 in its fourth at the AMC Century 14.

“The Crucible” (Twentieth Century Fox) bowed to $20,252 at the AMC Century 14.

“Swingers” (Miramax) lost 47% to $6,569 in its ninth at the Cineplex Odeon Broadway, brought home $5,611 in its first at the Mann Regent and declined 46% to $5,230 in its ninth at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Ridicule” (Miramax Zoe) gave up 53% to $5,014 in its second at the Laemmle Music Hall and 46% to $4,778 in its second at the Laemmle Monica.

“Breaking the Waves” (October) slipped 25% to $6,737 in its fourth at the Laemmle Royal.

“Sling Blade” (Miramax) surrendered 38% to $5,691 in its third at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Citizen Ruth” (Miramax) bowed to $2,600 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and $1,485 at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Big Night” (Rysher/Samuel Goldwyn) fell 13% to $2,465 in its 13th at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion and brought home $1,178 in its first at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Hype!” (CFP) gave up 66% to $2,078 in its second at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and 69% to $736 in its second at the Mann Plaza Westwood.

“Beautiful Thing” (Sony Pictures Classics) withered 50% to $2,395 in its seventh at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Bitter Sugar” (First Look) faded 49% to $2,388 in its fourth at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Unhook the Stars” (Miramax) gave up 33% to $2,278 in its seventh at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Secrets & Lies” (October) added 6% to $2,270 in its 11th at the Landmark Samuel Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Fargo” (Gramercy) brought home $2,194 in its first at the Laemmle Monica.

“Lone Star” (Sony Pictures Classics) picked up 7% to $1,387 in its second at the Landmark NuWilshire and rang up $755 in its first at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“Microcosmos” (Miramax) lost 28% to $1,531 in its ninth at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“The Funeral” (October) surrendered 42% to $1,442 in its fifth at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Surviving Picasso” (Warner Bros.) fell 24% to $615 in its 12th at the AMC Fine Arts.

“Jude” (Gramercy) plunged 87% to $194 in its second at the Laemmle Monica.

New York

“Shine” slipped 31% to $23,183 in its fourth at Sony Lincoln Square and 2% to $19,745 in its third at the City Cinemas Angelika. It rose 29% to $18,918 in its fourth at City Cinemas 1, 2 and Third Avenue.

“The Crucible” cooled 45% to $29,088 in its third at Sony Lincoln Square and rang up $25,069 in its first at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea.

“Ridicule” fell 18% to $13,018 in its third at Lincoln Plaza, 30% to $9,461 in its third at the City Cinemas Angelika and 21% to $7,823 in its third at the City Cinemas 68th Street Playhouse.

“Swingers” gave up 19% to $11,457 in its ninth at the City Cinemas Angelika and 30% to $6,841 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon 62nd Street and Broadway. It took in $7,099 in its first at the City Cinemas Sutton.

“Citizen Ruth” bowed to $10,861 at the City Cinemas Angelika and $5,960 at the City Cinemas Eastside Playhouse.

“Big Night” surrendered 15% to $8,621 in its 13th at Lincoln Plaza and moved ahead 3% to $4,722 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon Cinema 3.

“Breaking the Waves” rose 3% to $13,078 in its fifth at the City Cinemas Angelika.

“Secrets & Lies” climbed 18% to $9,628 in its 12th at Lincoln Plaza and slipped 13% to $3,028 in its third at the Screening Room.

“Looking for Richard” (Fox Searchlight) faded 6% to $5,594 in its 10th at Lincoln Plaza and 28% to $2,787 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Waverly Twin.

“The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” (Sony Pictures Classics) gave up 5% to $7,755 in its sixth at Lincoln Plaza.

“Sling Blade” declined 17% to $6,538 in its third at Lincoln Plaza.

“Losing Chase” (CFP) fell 29% to $5,700 in its second at the Quad.

“Microcosmos” dropped 19% to $5,567 in its 10th at the Film Forum.

“Beautiful Thing” surrendered 19% to $4,604 in its 10th at the Quad.

“Surviving Picasso” faded 21% to $4,363 in its 13th at the Loews Paris.

“The Funeral” gave up 45% to $4,343 in its seventh at the Angelika.

“A Single Girl” (Strand Releasing) decreased 31% to $3,912 in its fifth at the Quad.

“Twelfth Night” (Fine Line) faded 2% to $3,375 in its eighth at the Cineplex Odeon Regency.

“Fire on the Mountain” (First Run) gave up 37% to $3,144 in its second at the Quad.

“Lone Star” rang up $2,458 in its first at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall.

“Bitter Sugar” declined 22% to $1,790 in its fourth at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall.

“The Proprietor” (Warner) slipped 3% to $1,137 in its ninth at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall.

“Adrenaline: Fear the Rush” (Legacy Releasing) lost 80% to $634 in its second at the UA Criterion.

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