The Weekend Report Archive for March, 2010

Train Wreck

March 28 , 2010 Opening numbers for weekend freshmen How to Train Your Dragon and Hot Tub Time Machine fell below expectations and for the first time in two months frame revenues lagged behind the comparable 2009 session. Dragon topped the charts with an estimated $41.7 million while Hot Tub slotted third in the lineup…

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Diary of a Wimpy Weekend

March 21 , 2010 There was good response for national freshmen releases Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Bounty Hunter but the third weekend of Alice in Wonderland prevailed at the top of the box office with an estimated $34.6 million. Diary, based on the teen lit favorite, ranked second with $22.1 million; followed…

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Whole in One

March 14 , 2010 Alice in Wonderland didn’t quite fall by half but its estimated $61.9 million was more than adequate to lead weekend movie sales. Four new releases followed the leader with the most potent being the Iraq War-set thriller Green Zone, which grossed $14.5 million. The beauty and the geek comedy She’s Out…

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The Cash in the Hat

March 7 , 2010 Holy Moolah! Alice in Wonderland fell down the hole and landed on a record-breaking $115.2 million estimate. Business was buoyant and even the counter-programmed bow of Brooklyn’s Finest exceeded projections with a $13.5 million debut that ranked second in the lineup. Aside from a sturdy $37,400 single engagement for animation nominee…

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– Anthony Bourdain

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