‘Concubine,’ ‘Banquet’ strong in face of big releases

With the majors’ holiday biggies hitting theaters, the indie screen count felt a little squeeze over the Nov. 19 weekend. Still, more than a few pix held their own, particularly Miramax’s “Farewell My Concubine” and, in New York at least, Samuel Goldwyn’s “The Wedding Banquet.” Losses were a bit more pronounced for latter movie in L.A.

The following is a list of weekend grosses for films released on an exclusive basis in New York and Los Angeles.

Los Angeles

“Short Cuts” (Fine Line) did $ 2,708 in its first at the Regent; dropped 52% to $ 5,275 in its seventh at the Cineplex Century Plaza; debuted at $ 3,086 at the Laemmle Sunset 5; and fell 37% to $ 4,259 in its second at the Laemmle Monica.

“Farewell My Concubine” (Miramax) off 37% to $ 3,631 in its fifth weekend at the Goldwyn Pavilion; up 13% to $ 4,639 in its fifth at the Laemmle Sunset 5; slipped 1% to $ 4,487 in its fifth at the Mann Criterion 6.

“The War Room” (October) made $ 6,910 in its first at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and $ 4,857 in its debut at the Laemmle Monica.

“Sex Is …” (Outsider) down 31% to $ 9,445 in its second at the Landmark NuArt.

“Jamon Jamon” (Academy) down 19% to $ 8,436 in its fourth at the Laemmle Royal.

“Sex and Zen” (Rim Film) slipped 3% to $ 2,817 in its second at the Los Feliz and 12% to $ 4,672 in its 15th at the Laemmle Monica.

“The Saint of Fort Washington” (Warner Bros.) pulled in $ 6,882 in its debut weekend at the Century 14.

“Sofie” (Arrow) down 20% to $ 5,348 in its third at the Laemmle Music Hall.

“The Wedding Banquet” (Samuel Goldwyn) was down 21% to $ 2,814 in its 16th at the Goldwyn Pavilion; off 17% to $ 2,512 in its 16th at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center.

“Baraka” (Samuel Goldwyn) did $ 2,735, down 12% in its seventh at the Cineplex Fairfax.

“Gettysburg” (New Line) shot $ 2,130 in its first at the Cineplex Fairfax.

“Ruby in Paradise” (October) pulled $ 2,117 in its first at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Like Water for Chocolate” (Miramax) snatched $ 2,012 in its first at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Flight of the Innocent” (MGM) drew $ 1,189 in its debut at the Los Feliz.

“M. Butterfly” (Warner Bros.), in its seventh at the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center, down 45% to $ 1,021.

“Ed and His Dead Mother” (ITC) grabbed $ 673 in its first at the Laemmle Sunset 5.

“Into the West” (Miramax) plummeted 66% to $ 635 in its 10th at the Landmark NuWilshire.

New York

“Farewell My Concubine” slipped 4% to $ 8,092 in its fifth at the Eastside Playhouse, 3% to $ 10,341 in its sixth at Lincoln Plaza, and 5% to $ 13,051 in its sixth at the Angelika.

“Dangerous Game” (MGM) opened at the Cineplex Greenwich Twin to $ 17,195.

“The Wedding Banquet” off 26% to $ 2,577 in its seventh at the Cineplex Odeon Cinema 3, 1% to $ 5,815 in its 16th at Lincoln Plaza, and 2% to $ 8,441 in its 16th at the Angelika.

“Into the West” climbed 4% to $ 6,823 in its fourth at Lincoln Plaza and held even at $ 4,947 in its fourth at the Angelika.

“Like Water for Chocolate” off 5% to $ 6,687 in its 40th at the Cineplex Odeon Carnegie Hall and 9% to $ 4,541 in its third at the Quad.

“Household Saints” (Fine Line) slipped 2% to $ 3,467 in its second at the Thalia and 10% to $ 6,290 in its 10th at the Angelika.

“Combination Platter” (Arrow) dropped 45% to $ 1,319 in its third at the Cineplex Odeon Worldwide and 28% to $ 3,829 in its third at Village East; made $ 4,536 in its first at the Gemini Twin.

“The Saint of Fort Washington” took in $ 9,478 in its first weekend at the Loews New York Twin.

“Baraka” fell 25% to $ 1,940 in its ninth at the Quad but rose 3% to $ 4,019 in its eighth at the Village East.

“Ruby in Paradise” fell 22% to $ 5,888 in its seventh at the Angelika.

“Gettysburg” slipped 15% to $ 3,128 in its fifth at the Cineplex Odeon Worldwide and opened at the Quad to $ 2,092.

“Jamon Jamon” off 11% to $ 4,218 in its third at the Quad.

“M. Butterfly” down 43% to $ 1,520 in its eighth at the Cineplex Odeon First and 62nd St.

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