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Exclusive ‘Banquet’ keeps on going in L.A., N.Y.

The Samuel Goldwyn Co.’s “The Wedding Banquet” still reigned last weekend in limited release, totaling $ 94,943 in ticket sales in New York and Los Angeles — about $ 2,000 more than last weekend.

Neck and neck for second were two Miramax releases: “Like Water for Chocolate ,” which showed its staying power with a $ 47,800 draw, and “Especially on Sunday,” which broke out of the gate with an impressive $ 45,580 its first weekend. Both films are faring better with New York audiences.

In addition, Goldwyn’s “Road Scholar” had a strong Los Angeles opening; Strand’s “For a Lost Soldier” is still a respectable draw in West Hollywood; and Trans Atlantic’s “The Music of Chance” experienced one of the weekend’s few increases in business.

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

Los Angeles

“The Wedding Banquet” (Goldwyn) rose slightly, from $ 15,949 to $ 16,022, and $ 20,503 to $ 21,197, during its second weekend at the Goldwyn Pavilion and Beverly Center, respectively.

“Like Water for Chocolate” (Miramax) dipped 18%, from $ 2,723 to $ 2,226, during its eighth weekend at the Westwood Mann Fourplex; 16%, from $ 4,744 to $ 3,982, in its 25th at Laemmle’s Sunset 5; 13%, from $ 5,133 to $ 4,457, also in its 25th at the Goldwyn Pavilion; and 11%, from $ 4,821 to $ 4,273, in its 17th week at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Especially on Sunday” (Miramax) bowed with $ 7,655 at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 and had a $ 6,935 debut at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“For a Lost Soldier” (Strand), in its second weekend, dipped 36%, to $ 10,263 from its house record of $ 16,050, at Laemmle’s Sunset 5; and 19%, from $ 2,821 to $ 2,282, at the Monica.

“Road Scholar” (Goldwyn) opened to $ 10,308 in its trip at the NuArt.

“Orlando” (Sony Pictures Classics) fell 30%, from $ 10,263 to $ 7,167, during its eighth time travel at the Royal.

“Amongst Friends” (Fine Line) stole $ 3,464 at the Goldwyn Pavilion and $ 2, 834 at the Monica in its opening weekend.

“Un Coeur en Hiver” (October) brought in $ 4,093 in its ninth frosting at the Music Hall, down 16% from $ 4,859.

“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” (October) dipped 11%, from $ 3,506 to $ 3,119, in its third strut at Laemmle’s Sunset 5.

“Strictly Ballroom” scored $ 2,377 on its first dancecard at the Monica.

“The Twist” drew $ 1,045 its first spin at Laemmle’s Sunset 5.

New York

“The Wedding Banquet,” in its second weekend, jumped 14%, from $ 21,964 to $ 25,102, at Lincoln Plaza, but dipped 6%, from $ 10,495 to $ 9,845, at the Cineplex 1st and 62nd, and 5% from $ 23,968 to $ 22,777 at the Angelika Film Center.

“Like Water for Chocolate” plunged 44%, from $ 11,978 to $ 6,657, in its 18th at the Eastside Playhouse; dipped a mere 4%, from $ 11,646 to $ 11,130, in its 26th at the Cineplex Carnegie Hall; and 2%, from $ 15,501 to $ 15,075, during its 26th at the Angelika Film Center.

“Especially on Sunday” bowed with a whopping $ 12,042 and $ 18,948 at the Loews Festival and Angelika Film Center, respectively.

“Orlando,” in its 10th cross dressing, toppled 42%, from $ 12,369 to $ 7,155, at Lincoln Plaza; and 21%, from $ 12,417 to $ 9,848, at the Angelika.

“Amongst Friends” declined 21%, from $ 4,010 to $ 3,183, in its fourth weekend at the 68th Street Playhouse; 25%, from $ 8,188 to $ 6,118, at the Angelika.

“Un Coeur En Hiver” dropped 23%, from $ 7,422 to $ 5,685, in its 11th weekend at Lincoln Plaza; and 38%, from $ 4,426 to $ 2,753, its 10th at the Village East.

“Strictly Ballroom” (Miramax) bowed with $ 3,576 in its opening run at the Quad; fell 28%, from $ 4,813 to $ 3,444, in its 14th weekend at the Cinemaplex Cinema 3.

“Tokyo Decadence” (Northern Arts) was down 27%, from $ 10,735 to $ 7,802, in its third weekend at the Cinema Village.

“Guelwaar” (New Yorker Films) dipped 11%, from $ 6,514 to $ 5,790, in its third round at Lincoln Plaza.

“Road Scholar” (Goldwyn) dropped 34%, from $ 2,900 to $ 1,912, in its fifth ride at Carnegie Hall Screening Room; and 32%, from $ 3,435 to $ 2,326, during its third run at the Quad.

“Boys’ Shorts” (Frameline) dropped 28%, from $ 5,746 to $ 4,145, during its fourth weekend at the Village East.

“House of Angels” (Sony Pictures Classics) fell 39% closer to Earth, from $ 6 ,751 to $ 4,124, in its second weekend at Cinema II.

“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” declined 33%, from $ 5,695 to $ 3,829, in its third weekend at the Village East.

“Being at Home With Claude” (Strand) fell 36%, from $ 5,554 to $ 3,569, in its second weekend at the Village East.

“For a Lost Soldier” dipped 18%, from $ 3,597 to $ 2,938, during its 15th weekend at the Quad.

“The Music of Chance” (Trans Atlantic) reversed its downward trend and rose 12% from $ 1,931 to $ 2,166 during its 11th weekend at Paris Fine Arts.

“The Twist” (Triton) shuffles its way onto the dance floor with $ 2,055 in its opening weekend at the Village East.

“From Hollywood to Hanoi” (Friendship Bridge Prod.) posted $ 1,890 during its first weekend at the Angelika 57.

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