The Weekend Report Archive for May, 2007

Yo Ho Ho!

May 28, 2007 Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End dropped anchor with an estimated $143.2 million to plunder weekend movie going. The third installment of the popular franchise accounted for about 55% of the record Memorial holiday ticket sales. The frame also saw a wan $4 million debut for…

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The Greening of America

May 20, 2007 Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share The new jolly giant, Shrek the Third, broke box office records with an estimated $122.2 million debut that accounted for roughly two-thirds of all ticket sales in North America. The competition steered clear of the commercial behemoth, though rapturous reviews for the Irish import Oncegenerated sell-out business in two…

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How Long Came a Spider

May 13, 2007 Weekend Finals Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share Spider-Man 3 declined 60% for an estimated $60.2 million weekend. It handily beat out a quartet of new releases that included second and third place finishes for 28 Weeks Later at $10.1 million and Georgia Rule with $5.8 million. The other national freshmen were Delta Farce grossing $3.2…

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May 6 , 2007

May 6 , 2007 Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share Weekend Estimates – May 4-6, 2007 Title Distributor Gross (avera % chan Theater Cume Spider-Man 2 Sony 150.8 (34,800) – 4333 150.8 Disturbia Par 5.6 (1,780) -38% 3132 59.7 Fracture New Line 3.5 (1,500) -48% 2365 26.6 The Invisible BV 3.1 (1,550) -59% 2019 12.3 Next…

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“Ten years ago at Telluride, I said on a panel that theatrical distribution was dying. It seemed obvious to me. I was surprised how many in the audience violently objected: ‘People will always want to go to the movies!’ That’s true, but it’s also true that theatrical cinema as we once knew it has died. Theatrical cinema is now Event Cinema, just as theatrical plays and musical performances are Events. No one just goes to a movie. It’s a planned occasion. Four types of Event Cinema remain.
1. Spectacle (IMAX-style blockbusters)
2. Family (cartoon like features)
3. Horror (teen-driven), and
4. Film Club (formerly arthouse but now anything serious).

There are isolated pockets like black cinema, romcom, girl’s-night-out, seniors, teen gross-outs, but it’s primarily those four. Everything else is TV. Now I have to go back to episode five of ‘Looming Tower.'”
~ Paul Schrader

“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