The Weekend Report Archive for December, 2007

Bring in the Junew …

December 30, 2007 Weekend Estimates Limited Releases Domestic Market Share National Treasure: Book of Secrets maintained top spot in the last weekend of 2007 with an estimated $35.8 million. The frame experienced double digit expansion with more than a few surprises as several new titles entered the fray in wide and limited release. Alvin, Will Smith…

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Charlie, Sweeney & Dewey vs. Alvin, Wilie & Nick

December 23, 2007 Weekend Estimates Limited Releases Domestic Market Share National Treasure: Book of Secrets led pre-Christmas movie shopping with an estimated $46.2 million. However, while the news was good for last week’s chart toppers I Am Legend and Alvin and the Chipmunks, initial biz for the glut of seasonal debs ranged from problematic to dire….

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Will Power

December 16, 2007 Weekend Estimates Limited Releases Domestic Market Share They’rrre baaack! Film going rebounded with a vengeance as debuts of the sci-fi classic I Am Legend and the animated Alvin and the Chipmunks entered the marketplace with greater drawing power than expected. The chart toppers opened respectively with estimates of $78.1 million and $44.8 million; paving…

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December 9, 2007

December 9, 2007 Weekend Estimates International Grosses Domestic Market Share No column today. Weekend Estimates – December 7-9, 2007 Title Distributor Gross (average) % change Theaters Cume The Golden Compass New Line 26.2 (7,410) – 3528 26.2 Enchanted BV 10.8 (3,070) -34% 3520 84 This Christmas Sony 4.9 (2,610) -38% 1879 42.7 Fred Claus WB…

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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima