Guests say ‘I do!’ to ‘Wedding Banquet’ in N.Y., L.A.

The Samuel Goldwyn Co.’s “The Wedding Banquet” was the big winner last weekend in limited release, opening to very good reviews and pulling in more than $ 92,000 at the box office in Los Angeles and New York its first weekend.

“For a Lost Soldier,” which has been playing in New York, brought in more than $ 18,000 during its first weekend in Los Angeles, setting a house record at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 when it opened to $ 16,050.

The following is a list of films in exclusive release over the weekend in New York and L.A.

Los Angeles

“The Wedding Banquet” (Goldwyn) brought in $ 20,503 at the Beverly Center and $ 15,949 at the Goldwyn Pavilion during its opening weekend.

“For a Lost Soldier” (Strand) pulled in a house record $ 16,050 at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 and $ 2,821 at the Monica in its first weekend.

“Orlando” (Sony Pictures Classics) dropped 18% from $ 12,577 to $ 10,263 during its seventh weekend at the Royal.

“City Hunter” (Rim Film Distributors) dove 41% from $ 8,695 to $ 5,123 in its second weekend at Laemmle’s Monica.

“Like Water for Chocolate” (Miramax) dipped 32% from $ 5,133 to $ 3,464 and 2 % from $ 4,622 to $ 4,744 in its 24th weekend at both the Goldwyn Pavilion and the Sunset 5. It dropped 15% from $ 3,200 to $ 2,723 in its seventh weekend at the Westwood Mann Fourplex and 6% from $ 5,142 to $ 4,821 in its 16th weekend at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“Okoge” (Cinevista) pulled in $ 1,444 during its first weekend at the Landmark NuWilshire, down 79% from the $ 7,136 it earned during its second week at the Landmark NuArt.

“Un Coeur en Hiver” (October) brought in $ 4,857 in its eighth weekend at the Music Hall, down 29% from $ 6,816 the previous weekend.

“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” (October) dropped 1% to $ 1,989 at the Monica; 37% from $ 5,553 to $ 3,505 at Laemmle’s Sunset 5; and 39% from $ 2,588 to $ 1, 586 at the Goldwyn Pavillion Cinema in its second week.

“Equinox” (IRS Releasing) was down 6.5% from $ 2,088 to $ 1,951 in its sixth weekend at the Sunset 5.

“Chain of Desire” (October) slid 56% from $ 1,634 to $ 724 in its fifth weekend at the Beverly Center Cineplex.

“Visions of Light” (Kino) was off 6% from $ 571 to $ 535 in its 23rd weekend at the Monica and rose 11% from $ 710 to $ 796 in its seventh at the Sunset 5.

“Wishman” (Curb) dropped 57% from $ 379 to $ 164 in its second week at the Sunset 5.

New York

“The Wedding Banquet” brought in $ 23,968 at the Angelika Center; $ 21,964 at the Lincoln Plaza; and $ 10,405 at the Cineplex 1st and 62nd during its opening weekend.

“Orlando” slipped 25% from $ 16,470 to $ 12,417 during its ninth weekend at the Angelika, and maintained at $ 12,366 in its ninth weekend at Lincoln Plaza.

“Like Water for Chocolate” dipped slightly 7% from $ 12,835 to $ 11,978 in its 17th weekend at the Eastside Playhouse.

“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” dropped 23% from $ 7,420 to $ 5,695 in its second weekend at the Village East.

“Un Coeur en Hiver” was down 8% from $ 4,822 to $ 4,426 during its ninth weekend at the Village East and 19% from $ 9,165 to $ 7,422 during its 10th weekend at Lincoln Plaza.

“Amongst Friends” (Fine Line) declined 22% from $ 5,129 to $ 4,010 at the 68 th Street Playhouse; 31% from $ 3,109 to $ 2,145 at the Angelika 57; and 21% from $ 10,387 to $ 8,188 at the Angelika Film Center for its third week at the three houses.

“Being at Home With Claude” (Northern Arts) pulled in $ 5,554 in its first weekend at the Village East.

“Boys’ Shorts” (Frameline) dropped 25% from $ 7,713 to $ 5,746 during its third weekend at the Village East.

“La Vie de Boheme” (Kino) jumped 18% from $ 5,100 to $ 6,204 in its second weekend at the Film Forum.

“Road Scholar” (Goldwyn) rose 4% from $ 3,289 to $ 3,435 in its second weekend at the Quad Cinema, but dropped 15% from $ 3,405 to $ 2,900 in its second weekend at the Carnegie Hall Screening Room.

“The Music of Chance” had a slower tempo, dipping 22% from $ 2,489 to $ 1,931 during its 10th weekend at Paris Fine Arts.

“Strictly Ballroom” (Miramax) posted a 39% leap from $ 2,919 to $ 4,813 during its 13th weekend at the Cinemaplex Cinema 3.

“House of Angels” (Sony Pictures Classics) racked up a not-so-heavenly $ 6, 751 during its first weekend at Cinema II.

“Story of Qiu Ju” (Sony Pictures Classics) descended 35% from $ 3,637 to $ 2, 353 during its ninth weekend at the Village East.

“For a Lost Soldier” jumped 17% from $ 2,995 to $ 3,597 in its 14th weekend at the Quad.

“Jacquot” (Sony Pictures Classics) rang up $ 1,686 in its first weekend at the Quad.

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