Nothing like Labor Day weekend to lure people to the theater. The Samuel Goldwyn Co.’s “The Wedding Banquet” still held the No. 1 position with a weekend box office take of $ 94,014 — a$ 17,475 jolt — in New York and Los Angeles.

Miramax’s “Like Water for Chocolate” continued to rise, from $ 41,282 to $ 56 ,712, with Gramercy’s “King of the Hill” drawing $ 37,004 and bumping Miramax’s “Especially on Sunday,” which dropped to $ 19,856, from third place.

October’s “Bad Behaviour” bolted from the starting gate with $ 22,228 in its first weekend; Sony Pictures Classics’ “Orlando” jumped to $ 22,422; Fine Line’s “The Ballad of Little Jo” held strong with $ 15,819. Many other films also experienced increases.

The following lists weekend grosses (excluding Labor Day) for films released on an exclusive basis in New York and Los Angeles.

Los Angeles

“The Wedding Banquet” (Goldwyn) rose 15% to $ 14,477, and 25% to $ 14,739 during its fifth weekend at the Goldwyn Pavilion and Beverly Center, respectively.

“King of the Hill” (Gramercy) exploded a whopping 98% to $ 18,639 in its third weekend at the AMC Century 14.

“Like Water for Chocolate” (Miramax) left the Westwood Mann and soared 43% to $ 4,427 in its 28th weekend at Laemmle’s Sunset 5; 40% to $ 5,493 in its 28th weekend at the Goldwyn Pavilion; and 19% to $ 4,209 in its 20th weekend at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Sex and Zen” (Rim Film Dist.) jumped 34% to $ 11,324 during its fourth weekend at the Monica.

“Orlando” (Sony Pictures Classics) sprang up 40% to $ 6,645 in its 11th weekend at the Royal.

“For a Lost Soldier” (Strand) slipped 5% to $ 6,189 at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in its fifth weekend.

“Especially on Sunday” (Miramax) dropped 11% to $ 2,471 at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 , but rose 7% to $ 2,993 at the Landmark NuWilshire in its fourth weekend.

“Jacquot” posted $ 4,212 in its opening weekend at the Music Hall.

“Road Scholar” (Goldwyn) inched up 2% to $ 3,617 in its second weekend at the Goldwyn Pavilion.

“Inside Monkey Zetterland” (IRS Releasing), in its third weekend, dropped 17% to $ 3,899 at Laemmle’s Sunset 5.

“Betty” (MK2) fell 18% to $3,440 in its second weekend at Laemmle’s Sunset 5.

“Un Coeur en Hiver” (October) left the Music Hall and rang up $ 3,194 in its first weekend at the Monica.

“Strictly Ballroom” (Miramax) rose 27% to $ 2,314 in its fourth weekend at the Monica.

“The Killer” (Headliner) brought in $ 833 in its first weekend at Laemmle’s Sunset 5.

“Vegas in Space” (Troma). No information was available for its second weekend at the Landmark NuArt. It opened to $ 4,057.

New York

“The Wedding Banquet,” in its fifth weekend, shot up 48% to $ 28,490 at Lincoln Plaza; 3% to $ 23,807 at the Angelika Film Center; and 13% to $ 12,501 at the Cineplex 1st and 62nd.

“Like Water for Chocolate” jumped 25% to $ 9,135 in its 21st weekend at the Eastside Playhouse; 2% to $ 9,641 in its 29th weekend at the Cineplex Carnegie Hall; and 11% to $ 23,807 in its 29th weekend at the Angelika Film Center.

“The Ballad of Little Jo” (Fine Line), in its third weekend, slipped 12% to $ 4,629 at the 68th Street Playhouse; 9% to $ 4,156 at the 57th Street Playhouse; and 19% to $ 7,034 at the Village East.

“Bad Behaviour” (October) rang up $ 6,520 and $ 15,708 in its opening weekend at the Cineplex Carnegie Hall and Quad, respectively.

“King of the Hill” soared 40% to $ 18,365 in its third weekend at Loews Fine Arts.

“Orlando,” in its 12th weekend, increased 9% to $ 6,686 at Lincoln Plaza, and 6% to $ 9,091 at the Angelika Film Center.

“Especially on Sunday” fell 11% to $ 4,724 and 6% to $ 9,668 during its fifth weekend at the Loews Festival and Angelika Film Center, respectively.

“Un Coeur en Hiver” rose 15% to $ 6,182 in its 14th weekend at Lincoln Plaza, and 13% to $ 2,960 in its 13th stanza at the Village East.

“Tokyo Decadence” (Northern Arts) increased 15% to $ 3,782 in its second weekend at the Angelika 57, and 19% to $ 4,633 at the Quad.

“Strictly Ballroom” slipped 3% to $ 2,390 in its second weekend at the Cineplex Worldwide, but rose 15% to $ 3,731 in its fourth go-round at the Quad.

“Guelwaar” (New Yorker Films) soared 40% to $ 5,195 in its sixth weekend at Lincoln Plaza.

“Split” (ET Prod.) posted $ 4,920 in it first weekend at the Quad.

“Amongst Friends” (Fine Line) stayed flat at $ 4,741 in its seventh weekend at the Angelika Film Center.

“Betty” decreased 22% to $ 4,629 during its third weekend at City Cinema.

“El Cid” plummeted 51% to $ 3,959 in its third weekend at the Crown Gotham.

“House of Angels” (Sony Pictures Classics) left the Cinema II and brought in $ 2,969 in its first weekend at the Village East.

“The Last Party” (Triton) nosedived 65% to $ 1,428 in its second weekend at the Village East.

“Road Scholar” (Goldwyn) left the Carnegie Hall Screening Room and posted $ 598 in its first weekend at the Cineplex Cinema 3.

“La Vie De Boheme” (Kino) plummeted 84% to $ 517 during its third weekend at the Quad.

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