The Weekend Report Archive for September, 2009

I Want to Live ’til Monday

A trio of new titles couldn’t catch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs for the weekend box office crown. Cloudy was hardly overcast as it dipped a modest 20% in its sophomore session to gross an estimated $24.4 million. But it was disappointing returns for the freshman class. The science-fiction thriller Surrogatesranked second with $14.7…

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Whether Report

Kid-lit fave Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs claimed bragging rights in the weekend box office race with an estimated $30.3 million debut. The frame was rife with new entries including three other national releases that bowed to tepid commercial response. The black comic The Informant!ranked second with $10.5 million trailed by the darkly romantic…

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The Weekend of Tears

The Gridiron Gang ascended, comparatively speaking, to weekend prominence with an estimated opening gross of $14.7 million. Three other films made their national debuts and followed in the rankings with the period whodunit The Black Dahlia bowing to $10.5 million; the animated baseball pic Everybody’s Hero was next with $6 million and the thirtysomething comedy-drama…

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The Weekend Report: September 13, 2009

Title Distributor Gross (avg) % change Theaters Cume I Can Do Bad By Myself Lions Gate 24.0 (10,650) New 2255 24 9 Focus 10.4 (6,280) New 1661 14.8 Inglourious Basterds Weinstein Co. 6.5 (2,010) -44% 3215 104.2 All About Steve Fox 5.7 (2,530) -49% 2265 16.01 The Final Destination WB 5.5 (2,020) -55% 2732 58.3…

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125 Days of Summer

The Labor Day holiday session saw a slight dip from 2008 revenues but, regardless of how one slices the pie, the final season tally experienced a box office upturn. Initial summer returns add up to approximately $4.36 billion for an improvement of 4.8%. The last gasp of summer had a trio of new national releases…

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The Weekend Report: September 6, 2009

Weekend Estimates: September 4-6, 2009 Title Distributor Gross (averag % change Theaters Cume The Final Destination WB 12.5 (3,990) -55% 3121 47.7 Inglourious Basterds Weinstein Co. 11.1 (3,310) -42% 3358 91.3 All About Steve Fox 10.8 (4,810) – 2251 10.8 Gamer Lionsgate 8.9 (3,560) – 2502 8.9 District 9 Sony 6.8 (2,160) -34% 3139 101.1…

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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