The Weekend Report Archive for January, 2007

Epic .. In Name Only

January 28, 2007 Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share Epic Movie spoofed its way to the top of weekend movie going charts with an estimated $18.9 million in yet another pokey frame at cinemas. The session saw additional debuts of $14.2 for the gangster yarn Smokin’ Aces in second spot and the romantic-comedy Catch and Release ranked fourth…

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Guided Tour …

January 21, 2007 Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share Night at the Museum and Stomp the Yard fought it out for weekend bragging rights with the films finishing the frame with respective estimated grosses of $12.9 million and $12.7 million. In another fiercely competitive frame The Hitcher had a relatively clear field as the sole new national release…

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Stomp, Rattle & Roll…

January 15, 2007 Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share Stomp the Yard led the Martin Luther King holiday frame with an estimated $26.2 million in a crowded marketplace that proved fiercely competitive. With a number of strong holdover titles most freshmen entries wound up underperforming, particularly the horror outing Primeval that grossed $6.9 million and family entry…

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Ring In The New …

January 7, 2007 Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share Night at the Museum exacted a cinematic hat trick, remaining the weekend top grosser with an estimated $24.1 million. The New Year arrived with a trio of freshmen releases that scored good to fair openings while holdover titles generally withstood the transition well. Overall it added up…

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January 1, 2007

Weekend Estimates Top Domestic Releases Domestic Market Share Night at the Museum remained the top draw for the New Year’s weekend with an estimated four-day gross of $46.6 million. The year ended with a surge, abetted by the holiday’s Sunday placement. It marked about a 7% hike from revenues on the last weekend of 2005…

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“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch

To me, Hunter S. Thompson was a hero. His early books were great, but in many ways, his life and career post–Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail is a cautionary tale for authors. People expected him to be high and drunk all the time and play that persona, and he stuck with that to the end, and I don’t think it was good for him. I always sort of feel mixed emotions when I hear that people went and hung out with Hunter and how great it was to get high with Hunter. The fact is the guy was having difficulty doing any sustained writing at all for years probably because so many quote, unquote, “friends” wanted to get high with him … There was a badly disappointed romantic there. I mean, that great line, “This is where the wave broke, the tide rolled back … ” This was a guy that was hurt and disappointed and very bitter about things, and it made his writing beautiful, and also with that came a lot of pain.
~ Anthony Bourdain