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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“Why put it in a box? This is the number one problem I have—by the way it’s a fair question, I’m not saying that—with this kind of festival situation is that there’s always this temptation to classify the movie immediately and if you look at it—and I’ve tried to warn my fellow jurors of this—directors and movie critics are the worst people to judge movies! Directors are always thinking, “I could do that.” Critics are always saying, “This part of the movie is like the 1947 version and this part…” And it’s like, “Fuck! Just watch the movie and try and absorb it and not compare it to some other fucking movie and put it in a box!” So I think the answer’s both and maybe neither, I don’t know. That’s for you to see and criticize me for or not.”
~ James Gray

“I have long defined filmmaking and directing in particular as just a sort of long-term act of letting go,” she said. “It’s honestly just gratifying that people are sort of reapproaching or reassessing the film. I like to just remind everyone that the movie is still the same — it’s the same movie, it’s the movie we always made, and it was the movie we always wanted to make. And maybe it just came several years too early.”
~ Karyn Kusama