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Exclusive bicoastal ‘Banquet’ still drawing crowds

Though experiencing an $ 18,025 dip in weekend ticket sales, The Samuel Goldwyn Co.’s “The Wedding Banquet” still outsprinted the rest last weekend in limited release, totaling $ 76,918 at the box office in New York and Los Angeles.

In Miramax country: “Like Water for Chocolate” also fell, from $ 47,800 to $ 33,778, although it was responsible for the lone sales increase at one theater. Despite powerful opening weekend tallies, “Especially on Sunday’s” draw lessened considerably, from $ 45,580 to $ 27,341. All three films are hotter in New York than Los Angeles.

Impressive openings came from the Miramax re-release of “El Cid,” with $ 23, 287, and Gramercy’s “King of the Hill,” with $ 11,208.

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) dropped 11%, from $ 16,022 to $ 14,300, and 16%, from $ 21,197 to $ 17,816, during its third weekend at the Goldwyn Pavilion and Beverly Center, respectively.

“Like Water for Chocolate” (Miramax) cleared out of the Westwood Mann; dipped 3%, from $ 3,982 to $ 3,868, in its 26th weekend at Laemmle’s Sunset 5; and fell 21%, from $ 4,273 to $ 3,356, in its 18th weekend at the Landmark NuWilshire; but rose 7%, from $ 4,457 to $ 4,791, during its 26th weekend at the Goldwyn Pavilion.

“El Cid” (Miramax), in its first weekend, drew $ 2,161 at the Westwood Mann, and a whopping $ 14,674 at the Pacific Cinerama Dome.

“Especially on Sunday” (Miramax) dropped 38%, from $ 7,655 to $ 4,753, at Laemmle’s Sunset 5; and 33%, from $ 6,935 to $ 4,613, at the Landmark NuWilshire in its second weekend.

“For a Lost Soldier” (Strand), in its third weekend, fell 28%, from $ 10,263 to $ 7,330, at Laemmle’s Sunset 5, and 18%, from $ 2,282 to $ 1,873, at the Monica.

“Sex and Zen” (Rim Film Dist.) came down 24%, from $ 8,145 to $ 6,162, during its second weekend at the Monica.

“Road Scholar” (Goldwyn) dropped 41%, from $ 10,308 to $ 6,026, in its second weekend at the Landmark NuArt.

“Orlando” (Sony Pictures Classics) fell 12%, from $ 7,167 to $ 6,275, during its ninth weekend at the Royal.

“Amongst Friends” (Fine Line) plunged 45%, from $ 3,464 to $ 1,881, and 38%, from $ 2,834 to $ 1,741, during its second weekend at the Goldwyn Pavilion and the Monica, respectively.

“Un Coeur en hiver” (October) brought in $ 2,816 in its 10th weekend at the Music Hall, down 31% from $ 4,093.

“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” (October) slipped 32%, from $ 3,506 to $ 3,119, in its third weekend at Laemmle’s Sunset 5.

“Strictly Ballroom” (Miramax) dipped 6%, from $ 2,377 to $ 2,234, in its second weekend at the Monica, and danced its first weekend at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 to the tune of $ 1,007.

“Joey Breaker” (Skouras) brought in $ 2,229 in its first weekend at the Beverly Connection.

NEW YORK

“The Wedding Banquet,” in its third weekend, dropped 38%, from $ 25,102 to $ 16,492, at Lincoln Plaza; 23%, from $ 9,845 to $ 7,620, at the Cineplex 1st and 62nd; and 9%, from $ 22,777 to $ 20,690, at Angelika Film Center.

“Like Water for Chocolate” left the Eastside Playhouse; fell 27%, from $ 11, 130 to $ 8,138, during its 27th weekend at the Cineplex Carnegie Hall; and 10%, from $ 15,075 to $ 13,625, during its 27th weekend at the Angelika Film Center.

“Especially on Sunday” plummeted 45%, from $ 12,042 to $ 6,616, and 40%, from $ 18,948 to $ 11,359, during its second weekends at the Loews Festival and Angelika Film Center, respectively.

“The Ballad of Little Jo” (Fine Line) brought in $ 5,337 at the 68th Street Playhouse, and $ 9,870 at the Village East, during its opening weekend.

“Orlando,”in its 11th weekend, fell 23%, from $ 7,155 to $ 5,964, at Lincoln Plaza, and 26%, from $ 9,848 to $ 7,313, at the Angelika Film Center.

“King of the Hill” (Gramercy) posted an impressive $ 11,208 its first weekend at Loews Fine Arts.

“Un Coeur en hiver” dropped 23%, from $ 5,685 to $ 4,378, during its 12th weekend at Lincoln Plaza; and 25%, from $ 2,753 to $ 2,057, in its 11th at the Village East.

“El Cid” pulled in $ 6,452 during its opening weekend at the Crown Gotham.

“Betty” (MK2) made $ 5,243 during its opening weekend at City Cinema.

“Amongst Friends” left the 68th Street Playhouse, and declined 19%, from $ 6, 118 to $ 4,950, at the Angelika Film Center.

“Strictly Ballroom” fell 29%, from $ 3,576 to $ 2,538, its second weekend at the Quad; and 38%, from $ 3,444 to $ 2,144, its 15th weekend at Cineplex Cinema 3.

“Guelwaar” (New Yorker Films) plunged 38%, from $ 5,790 to $ 3,592, during its fourth weekend at Lincoln Plaza.

“Tito and Me” (Kino) posted $ 3,466 during its opening weekend at Lincoln Plaza.

“La Vie de Boheme” (Kino) brought in $ 3,270 during its opening weekend at the Quad.

“Boys’ Shorts” (Frameline) slipped 22%, from $ 4,145 to $ 3,215, during its fifth weekend at the Village East.

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

“House of Angels” (Sony Pictures Classics) drifted down another 36%, from $ 4 ,124 to $ 2,638, during its third weekend at Cinema II.

“112th & Central” (Flat Fills) pulled in $ 2,482 during its first weekend at the Village East.

“The Last Butterfly” (Arrow) grabbed $ 829 and $ 1,398 at Cineplex Plaza and the Quad, respectively, during its opening weekend.

“Road Scholar”left the Quad, and jumped 11%, from $ 1,912 to $ 2,128, in its sixth weekend at Carnegie Hall Screening Room.

“Being at Home With Claude” (Strand) fell 43%, from $ 3,569 to $ 2,045, at the Village East.

“God Is My Witness” (Headliner Prod.) posted $ 1,591 during its opening weekend at the Quad.

“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” plummeted 59%, from $ 3,829 to $ 1,583, in its fourth weekend at the Village East.

“From Hollywood to Hanoi” (Friendship Bridge Prod.) dipped 17%, from $ 1,890 to $ 1,574, during its second weekend at the Angelika 57.

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