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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“Yes, yes, yes. Now I am also the producer on Jean-Luc’s films, so I need to raise the money. Yes, there are two projects in preparation with the pretext of virtual reality. We are beginning with two approaches: we can either do or undo VR. Maybe we will undo it more than we do VR, because thinking about VR leads to the opposite of VR. Is there concrete imagination in virtual reality? For me, cinema is concrete imagination because it’s made with the real and uses it. VR, virtual reality, is totally the opposite of that, but it might be interesting to use this and then to destroy it. No, we’ll see, we’ll see. First, it’s just an idea of a beginning. There is a forest to cross, and we are just at the beginning of the forest. The first step is development. As they say in business, first there is development and research. We have to develop somehow an idea for the film; I won’t say a script, but to see what we can do with this system, and what we can undo with this system.”
~ Fabrice Aragno On Godard’s Next Projects

“Why put it in a box? This is the number one problem I have—by the way it’s a fair question, I’m not saying that—with this kind of festival situation is that there’s always this temptation to classify the movie immediately and if you look at it—and I’ve tried to warn my fellow jurors of this—directors and movie critics are the worst people to judge movies! Directors are always thinking, “I could do that.” Critics are always saying, “This part of the movie is like the 1947 version and this part…” And it’s like, “Fuck! Just watch the movie and try and absorb it and not compare it to some other fucking movie and put it in a box!” So I think the answer’s both and maybe neither, I don’t know. That’s for you to see and criticize me for or not.”
~ James Gray