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Leonard Klady

By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report: August 9, 2009

Weekend Estimates: August 7-9, 2009

Title Distributor Gross (averag % change Theater Cume
G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra Par 56.6 (14,120) - 4007 56.6
Julie & Julia Sony 19.6 (8,320) - 2354 19.6
G-Force BV 9.7 (2,790) -45% 3482 86
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince WB 8.9 (2,570) -51% 3455 273.8
Funny People Uni 7.8 (2,600) -65% 3008 40.4
The Ugly Truth Sony 6.6 (2,220) 2975 2975 68.7
A Perfect Getaway Uni 5.7 (2,620) - 2159 5.7
Aliens in the Attic Fox 3.9 (1,260) -51% 3108 16.2
(500) Days of Summer Fox Searchlight 3.7 (4,490) 32% 817 12.3
The Orphan WB 3.7 (1,610) -51% 2270 34.8
The Hangover WB 3.4 (1,990) -35% 1690 262
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Par 3.0 (1,550) -36% 1948 393.7
The Proposal BV 2.8 (1,490) -44% 1870 151.6
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Fox 2.5 (1,440) -55% 1727 187.7
The Hurt Locker Summit 1.2 (2,320) -35% 535 9
The Collector FreeStyle 1.2 (960) -66% 1270 6.3
Public Enemies Uni 1.0 (1,060) -62% 906 95.5
Up BV .061 (1,410) -48% 431 287.4
Night at the Museum 2 Fox .44 (1,340) -21% 329 174.8
Du Pere en flic Alliance .42 (4,560 -28% 92 7
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $141.90 - - -
% Change (Last Year) - 23% - - -
% Change (Last Week) - 15% - - -
Also debuting/expanding
Paper Heart Overture .20 (5,330) - 38 0.2
In the Loop IFC .18 (3,680) -37% 50 0.87
The Cove Roadside Attract. .16 (2,724) 174% 58 0.24
Adam Searchlight .10 (5,060) 49% 20 0.24
Cold Souls IDP 81,300 (11,610) - 7 0.08
Thirst Focus 52,600 (6,580) -6% 8 0.14
Bliss First Run 6,150 (6,150) - 1 0.01
Beeswax Cinema Guild 5,750 (5,750) - 1 0.01
I Sell the Dead IFC 4,100 (4,100) - 1 0.01

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“Chad Harbach spent ten years writing his novel. It was his avocation, for which he was paid nothing, with no guarantee he’d ever be paid anything, while he supported himself doing freelance work, for which I don’t think he ever made $30,000 a year. I sold his book for an advance that equated to $65,000 a year—before taxes and commission—for each of the years of work he’d put in. The law schools in this country churn out first-year associates at white-shoe firms that pay them $250,000 a year, when they’re twenty-five years of age, to sit at a desk doing meaningless bullshit to grease the wheels of the corporatocracy, and people get upset about an excellent author getting $65,000 a year? Give me a fucking break.”
~ Book Agent Chris Parris-Lamb On The State Of The Publishing Industry

INTERVIEWER
Do you think this anxiety of yours has something to do with being a woman? Do you have to work harder than a male writer, just to create work that isn’t dismissed as being “for women”? Is there a difference between male and female writing?

FERRANTE
I’ll answer with my own story. As a girl—twelve, thirteen years old—I was absolutely certain that a good book had to have a man as its hero, and that depressed me. That phase ended after a couple of years. At fifteen I began to write stories about brave girls who were in serious trouble. But the idea remained—indeed, it grew stronger—that the greatest narrators were men and that one had to learn to narrate like them. I devoured books at that age, and there’s no getting around it, my models were masculine. So even when I wrote stories about girls, I wanted to give the heroine a wealth of experiences, a freedom, a determination that I tried to imitate from the great novels written by men. I didn’t want to write like Madame de La Fayette or Jane Austen or the Brontës—at the time I knew very little about contemporary literature—but like Defoe or Fielding or Flaubert or Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky or even Hugo. While the models offered by women novelists were few and seemed to me for the most part thin, those of male novelists were numerous and almost always dazzling. That phase lasted a long time, until I was in my early twenties, and it left profound effects.
~ Elena Ferrante, Paris Review Art Of Fiction No. 228

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