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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“Dude, I don’t like the way you talk, bro. How can you tell me that it’s going to be hard? Do you see a lot of people like you writing stories? Give me a break, bro. That’s your strength, that you’re not like us. Go out there and tell your stories. Don’t go out there and try to be like Quentin or me or anybody else. We need you. Tell me what makes you angry, why you’re arrogant, or fearful, whatever it is. Don’t hide anything. Be honest. What is that thing that bothers you and makes you distinct? Everyone’s looking for you. A Mexican point-of-view to tell a story right now? I’m telling you, everybody wants that right now. I desperately need you to tell your story in your way. You are essential.”
~ M. Night Shyamalan

“My films are always brought to life from an idea, a coincidence, or a dreamlike magic. An ephemeral moment that settles in my mind and starts to bloom. The plot slowly appears before my eyes, and there’s nothing left but to write it. I actually do use a mood board. And location scouting is essential to the realization of the film. I’m inspired by architecture — the beauty of certain neighborhoods, the mystery in odd buildings, or streets that suggest psychoanalytic theories. I only choose my actors after I write the script.”
~ Dario Argento