The Weekend Report Archive for August, 2008

Slow and Sure

A quartet of new films failed to topple Tropic Thunder from its seat at the top of the heap of weekend movie going. The psycho-comedy edged out freshman entries The House Bunny and Death Race with an estimated $16.1 million. Bunny ranked second with $14.8 million and the bronze went to the road rage action…

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Weather Report

The Hollywood parody Tropical Thunder took top box office honors with weekend movie goers providing an estimated $25.6 million for its debut. The session also saw a softish $15.3 million bow for the animated Star Wars: The Clone Warsthat ranked third and a more predictable $11.1 million fourth place finish for the thriller Mirrors. The session also a…

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On the Dole

The Dark Knight remained top dog in the marketplace with an estimated $25.8 million weekend gross. However, the competition was torrid as the bow of stoner comedy Pineapple Express nipped at its cape with an opening weekend salvo of $22.2 million. Also bowing nationally was the female bonding sequel Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2…

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Mummy Dearest

Pundits predicted that The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor would unseat The Dark Knight as the top ticket seller in the domestic market place this weekend. Tracking studies suggested the third edition of The Mummy franchise would open to between $45 million and $50 million and that the ebony Bat would once again experience…

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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