The Weekend Report Archive for January, 2010

HE-dge of Darkness

January 31, 2010 Avatar continued to steam along with a sixth weekend estimated gross of $30.1 million. Its incoming competition (combined) grossed roughly the same amount. The Mel Gibson thriller (his first screen role in seven years) Edge of Darkness struggled to $17 million while the programmer romantic comedy When in Rome did a passable…

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You Can’t Take the Na’vi

In its sixth weekend in release Avatar slipped a modest 15% and left the competition in the distance with an estimated $36.2 million. Three films bowed nationally during the frame with the sci-fi adventure Legion the best grosser with $17.9 million that ranked it second. The other wide debuts included the family fantasy The Tooth…

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King of the Box Office

Avatar continued to fend off all contenders as b.o. champ with an estimated $54.1 million over the four-day Martin Luther King holiday stanza. Its closest rival was the incoming science-fiction allegory Book of Eli that racked up an impressive $38.3 million. The session’s other national debut was the Jackie Chan action comedy The Spy Next…

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On a Tar

Avatar continued to dominate domestic sales with a fourth weekend estimated gross of $46.5 million that most films would envy as an opening stat. The film’s $427 million now ranks it second only to Titanic as all-time domestic box office grosser. With the holidays consummated a new spate of films debuted with the chiller Daybreakers…

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Boffo!

The opening shot of 2010 began with the biggest first weekend of any year ever with box office expansion of 46% from last year alone. And with audiences in a spirited holiday mood the last few weeks of 2009 provided a tremendous closing surge. Initial estimates peg domestic revenues at just shy of $10.7 billion…

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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