Looks like moviegoers had the same idea last weekend. The Samuel Goldwyn Co.’s “The Wedding Banquet” held strong with weekend box office sales of $ 76, 539 — a mere $ 388 dip — in Los Angeles and New York.

Miramax’s “Like Water for Chocolate” climbed from $ 33,778 to $ 41,282, but the tally for “Especially on Sunday” dropped from $ 27,341 to $ 21,181. As before, New York showed more interest in the film than L.A.

Miramax’s “El Cid” jumped from $ 23,287 to $ 24,027; Gramercy’s “King of the Hill” pulled in a respectable $ 22,510; Fine Line’s “The Ballad of Little Jo” held strong with $ 18,503.

IRS Releasing’s “Inside Monkey Zetterland” posted an impressive opening, with $ 17,587, and Rim Film’s “Sex and Zen” and Sony Pictures Classics’ “Orlando” experienced jumps at some theaters.

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 12% to $ 12,631 and 23% to $ 13,721 during its fourth weekend at the Goldwyn Pavilion and Beverly Center, respectively.

“Inside Monkey Zetterland” (IRS Releasing) bowed to $ 4,727 at the Monica and a whopping $ 12,860 at Laemmle’s Sunset 5.

“El Cid” (Miramax) rose 8% to $ 15,896 at the Pacific Cinerama Dome in its second weekend.

“Like Water for Chocolate” (Miramax) brought in $ 2,029 in its opening week at the Westwood Mann; dipped 20% to $ 3,089 in its 27th weekend at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 and 18% to $ 3,929 in its 27th weekend at the Goldwyn Pavilion; but rose 5% to $ 3,529 in its 19th weekend at the Landmark NuWilshire.

“King of the Hill” (Gramercy) slipped 8% to $ 9,431 in its second weekend after an impressive opening at the AMC Century 14.

“Sex and Zen” (Rim Film) jumped 36% to $ 8,415 during its third weekend at the Monica.

“For a Lost Soldier” (Strand) fell 16% to $ 6,546 at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in its fourth weekend.

“Especially on Sunday” (Miramax) slipped 41% to $ 2,789 at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 and 39% to $ 2,801 at the Landmark NuWilshire in its third weekend.

“Orlando” (Sony Pictures Classics) dropped 23% to $ 4,853 in its 10th weekend at the Royal.

“Betty” (MK2) rang up $ 4,217 in its first weekend at Laemmle’s Sunset 5.

“Vegas in Space” (Troma) opened to $ 4,057 at the Landmark Nuart.

“Un Coeur en Hiver” (October) leapt 24% to $ 3,494 in its 11th weekend at the Music Hall.

“Amongst Friends” (Fine Line) remained flat with $ 1,744 during its third weekend at the Monica.

“Joey Breaker” (Skouras) dropped 35% to $ 1,452 in its second weekend at the Beverly Connection.

New York

“The Wedding Banquet,” in its fourth weekend, shot up 18%, from $ 16,492 to $ 19,415, at Lincoln Plaza, and 12%, from $ 20,690 to $ 23,211, at the Angelika Film Center; and stayed flat, from $ 7,620 to $ 7,561, at the Cineplex First and 62nd.

“Like Water for Chocolate” stayed flat with $ 7,918 in its 20th weekend at the Eastside Playhouse; fell 16% to $ 6,830 during its 27th at the Cineplex Carnegie Hall; and rose 2% to $ 13,958 during its 28th at the Angelika Film Center.

“The Ballad of Little Jo” (Fine Line) slipped from $ 5,337 to $ 5,263 at the 68th Street Playhouse; was down 18% to $ 4,566 in its second weekend at the 57th Street Playhouse; and 12% to $ 8,674, at the Village East during its opening weekend.

“Especially on Sunday” fell 19% to $ 5,329 at Loew’s Festival and 10% to $ 10 ,262 during its fourth weekend at Angelika Film Center.

“Orlando,” in its 12th weekend, increased 3% to $ 6,148 at Lincoln Plaza and 17% to $ 8,535, at the Angelika Film Center.

“King of the Hill” up 17% to $ 13,079 in its second weekend at Loew’s Fine Arts.

“Un Coeur en Hiver” rose 23% to $ 5,371 during its 13th weekend at Lincoln Plaza and 28% to $ 2,625 in its 12th at the Village East.

“El Cid” jumped 26% to $ 8,131 during its second weekend at the Crown Gotham.

“Betty” rose 22% to $ 6,409 during its second weekend at City Cinema.

“Amongst Friends” dipped 5% to $ 4,721, at the Angelika Film Center.

“The Last Party” (Triton) pulled in $ 8,402 during its opening weekend at the Village East.

“Guelwaar” (New Yorker Films) rose 3% to $ 3,709 during its fifth weekend at Lincoln Plaza.

“Tito and Me” (Kino) dipped 3% to $ 3,373 during its second weekend at Lincoln Plaza.

“Tokyo Decadence” (Northern Arts) posted $ 3,275 in its opening weekend at the Angelika 57.

“Boys’ Shorts” (Frameline) slipped 16% to $ 2,688 during its sixth weekend at the Village East.

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

“House of Angels” (Sony Pictures Classics) ascended 19% to $ 3,149 during its fourth weekend at Cinema II.

“112th & Central” (Flat Fills) plummeted 49% to $ 1,267 during its second weekend at the Village East.

“Strictly Ballroom” (Miramax) opened to $ 1,875 in its first weekend at the Cineplex Worldwide.

“Road Scholar” (Goldwyn) dropped 22% to $ 1,653 in its seventh weekend at Carnegie Hall Screening Room.

“Being at Home With Claude” (Strand) fell 25% to $ 1,530 at the Village East.

“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” plummeted 47% to $ 841 in its fifth weekend at the Village East.

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