The Weekend Report Archive for December, 2009

The Game’s Afoot

T.S. Elliott be damned, the movie going world is finishing the year not with a whimper but a bang. The fortuitous Friday positioning of Christmas proved to be a nice asset with the weekend generating close to $275 million in ticket sales that establishes a new three-day weekend record. Avatar once again took bragging rights…

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Eyktan Kifkeyä (King of the World Na’vi-Style)

Inclement weather aside in the American Northeast, Avatarsoared to an estimated $72.5 million domestically and added an additional $232 million from international markets in its debut round. The frame’s other national newcomer was the comedy Did You Hear About the Morgans? that ranked fourth with an uninspired $6.7 million. The session was also rife with…

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Old Croaks at Home

Following two weeks of exclusive engagements The Princess and the Frog migrated to the big pond and led weekend ticket sales with an estimated $24.8 million. The session’s sole national newcomer was the upscale Invictus that ranked third overall with an OK $9 million. In limited wide release Larger Than Life 3D failed to live…

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The Weekend Report: December 6, 2009

Weekend Estimates: December 4-6, 2009 Title Distributor Gross (avg) % change Theaters Cume The Blind Side WB 20.3 (6,110) -49% 3326 129.2 Twilight: New Moon Summit 15.5 (3,760) -64% 4124 254.4 Brothers Lionsgate 9.7 (4,660) New 2088 9.7 A Christmas Carol BV 7.6 (2,970) -52% 2546 115.1 2012 Sony 6.8 (2,110) -61% 3220 149 Old…

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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