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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“I remember very much the iconography and the images and the statues in church were very emotional for me. Just the power of that, and even still — just seeing prayer card, what that image can evoke. I have a lot of friends that are involved in the esoteric, and I know some girls in New York that are also into the supernatural. I don’t feel that I have that gift. But I am leaning towards mysticism… Maybe men are more practical, maybe they don’t give into that as much… And then also, they don’t convene in the same way that women do. But I don’t know, I am not a man, I don’t want to speak for men. For me, I tend to gravitate towards people who are open to those kinds of things. And the idea for my film, White Echo, I guess stemmed from that — I find that the girls in New York are more credible. What is it about the way that they communicate their ideas with the supernatural that I find more credible? And that is where it began. All the characters are also based on friends of mine. I worked with Refinery29 on that film, and found that they really invest in you which is so rare in this industry.”
Chloë Sevigny

“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier