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Friday Estimates by Baby & The Beast Klady

friday estimates 651w 17-04-08 at 9.00.47 AM copy

5 Responses to “Friday Estimates by Baby & The Beast Klady”

  1. Movieman says:

    A $49 per-screen average yesterday for “Queen of the Desert”?
    Wow.
    Even factoring in the VOD traffic, Herzog and Kidman have definitely seen better days.

  2. Sideshow Bill says:

    I watched THE VOID last night. It’s sort of a low budget “greatest hits” of 70s & 80s horror. It didn’t fully come together or make a lot of sense but it was still kind of a hoot. Never boring. Plus it had the lovely Ellen Wong, who really should be getting more work.

    I expected The Case For Christ to do better than it did. It seems more well-liked than those other Pure Flix releases. Then again it’s only in 1174 theaters. Not my cup of tea at all but this audience usually comes out for their films.

  3. Pete B says:

    ^ Sideshow, I had to google Ellen Wong, but hot damn if you aren’t right.

  4. Sideshow Bill says:

    She was so great in Scott Pilgrim. I expected to see her a lot more. Plus, yes, she’s beautiful.

  5. cadavra says:

    A quick check of the IMDb finds she’s been working mostly in television, but she does have a few movies upcoming.

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