The Weekend Report Archive for February, 2005

Born to be Mad…

Though tracking was upbeat, no one expected Diary of a Mad Black Woman to top weekend movie going with an estimated $21.2 million gross. In a very close competition with the third weekend of Hitch, the independently produced social comedy starring and conceived by Tyler Perry appeared to have the edge and certainly ranks immediately…

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Date From Hell

The anticipation was enormous and the results impressive but the final estimated tally of $35.1 million for the supernatural thriller Constantine still lagged slightly behind Hitch, which took weekend box office honors with slightly more than $37 million. Modest results for several other debuts during the four-day Presidents holiday frame pushed business to about $160…

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Hitch & Run!

Where there’s a Will, there’s a Hit (ch). Unabashedly playing up actor Will Smith‘s popularity provided Hitch with a sensational debut estimated at $45.6 million and pegged as the biggest opening gross for a romantic comedy. Rebounding from the traditional Super Bowl box office dip, weekend movie going jumped 22% from seven days earlier and…

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Scare Tactics

Do I hear a franchise? Boogeyman provided the shock and awe in movie theaters this past weekend as it debuted to an estimated $20.2 million. While exhibitors and distributors were girding for the annual hard hit of Super Bowl Sunday, business was better than expected overall and also featured a very good bow for The…

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“Don’t work with assholes. Ever. No matter what they’re offering, no matter what they bring to the table. If they’re the sort of person where the phone rings at 10 o’clock at night and you wince because you see that it’s them, then don’t do business with them. One asshole will ruin your life. I’ve managed my entire TV and filmmaking career to work with people I like and respect. If the point comes where I don’t like or respect someone, I don’t work with them anymore.”

– Anthony Bourdain

The Atlantic: You saw that the Academy Awards recently held up your 2001 acceptance speech as the Platonic ideal of an Oscar speech. Did you have a reaction?

Soderbergh: Shock and dismay. When that popped up and people started texting me about it, I said, “Oh, it’s too bad I’m not there to tell the story of how that took place.” Well. I was not sober at the time. And I had nothing prepared because I knew I wasn’t going to win [Best Director for Traffic]. I figured Ridley, Ang or Daldry would win. So I was hitting the bar pretty hard, having a great night, feeling super-relaxed because I don’t have to get up there. So the combination of a 0.4 blood alcohol level and lack of preparation resulted in me, in my state of drunkenness crossed with adrenaline surge. I was coherent enough to know that [if I tried to thank everyone], that way lies destruction. So I went the other way. There were some people who appreciated that, and there were some people who really wanted to hear their names said, and I had to apologize to them.
~ Steven Soderbergh