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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“Don’t work with assholes. Ever. No matter what they’re offering, no matter what they bring to the table. If they’re the sort of person where the phone rings at 10 o’clock at night and you wince because you see that it’s them, then don’t do business with them. One asshole will ruin your life. I’ve managed my entire TV and filmmaking career to work with people I like and respect. If the point comes where I don’t like or respect someone, I don’t work with them anymore.”

– Anthony Bourdain

The Atlantic: You saw that the Academy Awards recently held up your 2001 acceptance speech as the Platonic ideal of an Oscar speech. Did you have a reaction?

Soderbergh: Shock and dismay. When that popped up and people started texting me about it, I said, “Oh, it’s too bad I’m not there to tell the story of how that took place.” Well. I was not sober at the time. And I had nothing prepared because I knew I wasn’t going to win [Best Director for Traffic]. I figured Ridley, Ang or Daldry would win. So I was hitting the bar pretty hard, having a great night, feeling super-relaxed because I don’t have to get up there. So the combination of a 0.4 blood alcohol level and lack of preparation resulted in me, in my state of drunkenness crossed with adrenaline surge. I was coherent enough to know that [if I tried to thank everyone], that way lies destruction. So I went the other way. There were some people who appreciated that, and there were some people who really wanted to hear their names said, and I had to apologize to them.
~ Steven Soderbergh