The Weekend Report Archive for August, 2007

Bean Counters

August 26, 2007 Weekend Finals Domestic Market Share Superbad continued as the top draw in North American multiplexes with an estimated $17.9 million that represented a 46% drop in its second weekend in release. In these dog days of summer there was only limited solace for a torrent of new product hoping to get a…

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You’ve Got That McLovin’ Feeling

August 19, 2007 Weekend Finals Domestic Market Share You can’t get me to say that Superbad was super good but the film that one critic extolled as “the Lawrence of Arabiaof teen pics” out-grossed the field with an estimated $31.4 million in another upbeat movie going session. The super total largely compensated for poor openings for The…

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Feel the Rush …

August 12, 2007 Weekend Finals Domestic Market Share Three was a charm for Rush Hour as it debuted at the top of the charts with an estimated $50.8 million. The heat from the Chan-Tucker action comedy got minimal assistance from a trio of other national debuts. The fantasy adventureStardust failed to sparkle with a fourth place…

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Bourne Again …

August 4 , 2007 Weekend Estimates Canada: Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share The third installment of the Jason Bourne saga – The Bourne Ultimatum – reigned supreme at the box office with an estimated debuted of $70.3 million. In another expansive frame three other releases had average to poor bows including canine crusader Underdog that ranked third…

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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