The Weekend Report Archive for July, 2008

Step Lively

The (Dark) Knight remained box office king with a weekend estimated at $76.5 million but there was significant room for laughs as Step Brothers debuted in second place with a potent $30 million. Doubting Thomases plaguedX-Files: I Want to Believe – the frame’s other national bow – with the franchise attracting a fan base of…

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Good Knight and Good Luck

Movie going went batty as The Dark Knight exploded on the scene with an estimated $153.7 million in a record-breaking session. The frenzy almost obscured the feisty and impressive debut of Mamma Mia! that ranked second with $27.6 million while the monkey shines of Space Monkeys were largely ignored with a $7.3 million bow. Specialized…

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ll Hath No Fury Like a Franchise Scorned

Both comic book fugitive Hellboy and 3D-ish Journey to the Center of the Earth exceeded opening expectations with the former bowing to an estimated $35.7 million to rank as the top ticket seller in the marketplace. Journey finished third overall with $20.5 million and the debut of Meet Dave barely made the cut with a…

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‘Cock of the Walk

Where there’s a Will (Smith), there’s a weigh (ty) opening and his latest, Hancock, easily out-paced the Independence holiday frame competition with a debut weekend gross estimated at $66.3 million. There was scant incoming competition though Kit Kittredge: An American Girl went wide and generated a disappointing $3.2 million that ranked it eighth overall on…

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“Ten years ago at Telluride, I said on a panel that theatrical distribution was dying. It seemed obvious to me. I was surprised how many in the audience violently objected: ‘People will always want to go to the movies!’ That’s true, but it’s also true that theatrical cinema as we once knew it has died. Theatrical cinema is now Event Cinema, just as theatrical plays and musical performances are Events. No one just goes to a movie. It’s a planned occasion. Four types of Event Cinema remain.
1. Spectacle (IMAX-style blockbusters)
2. Family (cartoon like features)
3. Horror (teen-driven), and
4. Film Club (formerly arthouse but now anything serious).

There are isolated pockets like black cinema, romcom, girl’s-night-out, seniors, teen gross-outs, but it’s primarily those four. Everything else is TV. Now I have to go back to episode five of ‘Looming Tower.'”
~ Paul Schrader

“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch