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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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima