The Weekend Report Archive for March, 2009

Monster Smash

The debut of Monsters vs. Aliens scared up an estimated $57.3 million to handily take control of weekend movie viewing.The Haunting in Connecticut, a more traditional chiller, also bowed to an impressive $23.2 million and the two top sellers accounted for approximately 55% of the frame’s admissions. The session also saw a rather flaccid bow…

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Knowing … and Not Knowing

The science-fiction anxiety raiser Knowing led the weekend box office chart with an estimated $24.1 million. In a session where a trio of national releases was expected to be closely bunched, the separations were noticeable. The romantic comedy I Love You, Man debuted in second spot with $17.6 million and the tongue-in-cheek thriller Duplicity took…

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Witch Way to the Front

Race to Witch Mountain ambled to the top of weekend ticket sales with an estimated $24.8 million. The frame’s other national debuts also showed predictable potency. The horror remake Last House on the Left ranked third with a $14.6 million gross and the twenty-something comedy Miss March mustered $2.3 million. Additionally there were a slew…

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A Watchmen Pot Boils

Propelled by the debut of Watchmen, domestic box office rose by 12% from 2008. The adaptation of the acclaimed graphic novel opened to an estimated $56.7 million and accounted for roughly 50% of all movie ticket sales on its opening weekend. The Watchmen saga – at least in regard to its tortured journey to the…

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Jonas and the Wail

Despite a 60% drop in business and anticipated fierce competition, Madea Goes to Jail retained its position as top ticket seller with an estimated $16.4 million gross. The presumed champ – Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience – got off to a fast start but quickly faltered and finished second overall with a $12.6 million…

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The Atlantic: You saw that the Academy Awards recently held up your 2001 acceptance speech as the Platonic ideal of an Oscar speech. Did you have a reaction?

Soderbergh: Shock and dismay. When that popped up and people started texting me about it, I said, “Oh, it’s too bad I’m not there to tell the story of how that took place.” Well. I was not sober at the time. And I had nothing prepared because I knew I wasn’t going to win [Best Director for Traffic]. I figured Ridley, Ang or Daldry would win. So I was hitting the bar pretty hard, having a great night, feeling super-relaxed because I don’t have to get up there. So the combination of a 0.4 blood alcohol level and lack of preparation resulted in me, in my state of drunkenness crossed with adrenaline surge. I was coherent enough to know that [if I tried to thank everyone], that way lies destruction. So I went the other way. There were some people who appreciated that, and there were some people who really wanted to hear their names said, and I had to apologize to them.
~ Steven Soderbergh

 

“I have made few films in a way. I never made action films. I never made science fiction films. I never made, really, very complicated settings, because I had modest ambitions. I knew they would never trust me to have the budget to do something different, so my mind is more focused on things I know. So they were always mental adventures I wanted to approach and share. Working for cinema with no – not only no money, but also no ambition for money. I was happy and proud [to receive the honorary Oscar] because of that, that [the Academy] could understand what kind of work I have done over 60 years. I stayed faithful to the ideal of sharing emotion, impressions, and mostly because I have so much empathy for other people that I approach people who are not really spoken about. I have 65 years of work in my bag, and when I put the bag down, what comes out? It’s really the desire of finding links and relationships with different kinds of people. I never made a film about the bourgeoisie, about rich people. about nobility. My choices have been to show people that are, in a way, more common and see that each of them has something special and interesting, rare and beautiful. It’s my natural way of looking at people. I didn’t fight my instincts. And maybe that has been appreciated in the famous circle of Hollywood.“

Agnes Varda