The Weekend Report Archive for March, 2007

Target: Cowabunga …

March 25, 2007 Weekend Finals Domestic Market Share TNMT – aka Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – led weekend movie going with an estimated $25.6 million. In a session dominated by openings of six national releases box office grew but there was no getting around the fact that the preems weren’t quite at peak box office potential….

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Knee Jerk Reaction …

March 18, 2007 Weekend Finals Domestic Market Share The Spartans of 300 were still commanding the field even as their energies diminished by 56% to an estimated $31.3 million. Meanwhile the incoming forces had mixed effect with the chiller Premonition scarring up an impressive $17.7 million to rank third; followed by OK returns of $7.7 million for…

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Sparkin’ Spartans …

March 11, 2007 Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share The eye-popping graphics of 300 corralled close to half of weekend business with a staggering estimate of $69.5 million. The historic drama was virtually the only new national release though the inspirational The Ultimate Gift did unspool in 800 locations for a $1.2 million tally. Additionally there…

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Hog Wild …

March 4, 2007 Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share It was the snort of approval for Wild Hogs and – in the words of Borat – not so much for Zodiac. The two freshmen entries debuted in the top two slots for weekend moviegoers with respective estimated grosses of $38.1 million and $12.9 million. Overall business saw a…

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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