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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“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

To me, Hunter S. Thompson was a hero. His early books were great, but in many ways, his life and career post–Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail is a cautionary tale for authors. People expected him to be high and drunk all the time and play that persona, and he stuck with that to the end, and I don’t think it was good for him. I always sort of feel mixed emotions when I hear that people went and hung out with Hunter and how great it was to get high with Hunter. The fact is the guy was having difficulty doing any sustained writing at all for years probably because so many quote, unquote, “friends” wanted to get high with him … There was a badly disappointed romantic there. I mean, that great line, “This is where the wave broke, the tide rolled back … ” This was a guy that was hurt and disappointed and very bitter about things, and it made his writing beautiful, and also with that came a lot of pain.
~ Anthony Bourdain