The Weekend Report Archive for June, 2007

Sequels Aren’t Equals …

June 24, 2007 Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share The Evan Almighty wave crested at an estimated $32.3 million to lead all titles in the domestic marketplace. The session also featured the national bow of the Stephen King chiller 1408 in second place with a sturdy $20.4 million and a disappointing $3.9 million bow for the highly lauded saga…

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June 17, 2007

June 17, 2007 Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer glided to an estimated $57.7 million to take command of weekend movie going. In a slightly depressed marketplace the box office gods dismissed a revivedNancy Drew that ranked seventh overall with a meager $7.2 million. Similarly specialty newcomers were largely…

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Thirteen … The Hard Way

June 10, 2007 Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share Ocean’s Thirteen walked away from the table with an estimated $36.2 million to take top spot in the weekend movie derby. Commercially it out stayed its welcome and audiences didn’t appear to be waddling with happy feet to Surf’s Up’s celluloid penguins that grossed $17.9 million to…

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Shiver Me Trimester ..

June 3 , 2007 Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share The scurvy crew of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End once again plundered heartiest with an estimated weekend booty of $43.7 million. However, its fiercest competition came not from a tent pole but the bawdy high concept comedy Knocked Up that grossed $29.3 million. The frame…

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“Yes, yes, yes. Now I am also the producer on Jean-Luc’s films, so I need to raise the money. Yes, there are two projects in preparation with the pretext of virtual reality. We are beginning with two approaches: we can either do or undo VR. Maybe we will undo it more than we do VR, because thinking about VR leads to the opposite of VR. Is there concrete imagination in virtual reality? For me, cinema is concrete imagination because it’s made with the real and uses it. VR, virtual reality, is totally the opposite of that, but it might be interesting to use this and then to destroy it. No, we’ll see, we’ll see. First, it’s just an idea of a beginning. There is a forest to cross, and we are just at the beginning of the forest. The first step is development. As they say in business, first there is development and research. We have to develop somehow an idea for the film; I won’t say a script, but to see what we can do with this system, and what we can undo with this system.”
~ Fabrice Aragno On Godard’s Next Projects

“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