The Weekend Report Archive for July, 2007

Dough Nut …

July 29, 2007 Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share “Why,” asks Homer Simpson rhetorically, “would anyone go to the theater to see something they could see on TV?” Answer (diplomatically): Because it’s bigger, man. The Simpsons Movie earned its big screen stripes with an estimated $71.2 million, roughly 40% of all ticket sales in the domestic…

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Wardrobe Challenge …

July 15, 2007 Weekend Finals Domestic Market Share I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry celebrated an estimated $34.7 million to take a closely contested box office weekend. Also in the fray were the second weekend gross of $32.4 million for Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix and a debut frame of $28.2 million…

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Ashes to Ashes, Gold to Gold …

July 15, 2007 Weekend Finals Domestic Market Share Hari Potter, Harry Potter Potter, Potter, Hari, Harry To no great surprise Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, its fifth screen installment, went to the head of the class with an estimated $76.8 million. The only other film to venture out nationally was the oft-delayed Captivity that…

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Transformulaic!

July 8, 2007 Weekend Finals Domestic Market Share Transformulaic! Shape shifting the box office, Transformers led weekend ticket sales with an estimated $67.8 million, more than doubling its closet rival Ratatouille. Anticipated as a major summer attraction, the film was given a wide berth save for the counter-programmed comedy License to Wed that ranked fourth overall with $10.3…

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Live Hard or Eat French …

July 1, 2007 Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share Ratatouille savored an estimated $46.9 million to lead weekend movie going. There was also good news for the bow of Die Hard 4.0 (aka Live Free or Die Hard) that grossed $32.9 million in its opening weekend and $47.9 since its Wednesday launch. Add to that a healthy…

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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