The Weekend Report Archive for May, 2011

The Weekend Report: May 29, 2011

Despite withering reviews The Hangover Part II lived up to industry expectations to take the crown for the three-day portion of the Memorial weekend with an estimated $86.5 million. The frame’s other national debut Kung Fu Panda 2 ranked second with a lower than anticipated tally of $48.2 million.

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The Weekend Report: May 15, 2011

Thor was at the vanguard (and Asgard) of weekend movie sales with an estimated $32.9 million. The session also featured two new national releases with titular but not content links. The macha comedy Bridesmaids ranked second with $24.3 million while the 3D horror thriller Priest was a couple of notches behind with $14.4 million.

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The Weekend Report: May 8

The god of thunder – Thor – hammered an estimated $65.8 million to handily reign at the top of the weekend box office charts. The session also saw a pair of counter-programmers bow nationally with the sweetly romantic Something Borrowed slotting third with $13.2 million and Jumping the Broom a breath behind at $13 million.

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The Weekend Report — May 1

With the summer tentpoles around the corner, this weekend’s frame played out pretty much as anticipated. Fast Five retained its lead and ended up well ahead of the pack at an estimated $83 million. Newcomer kiddie flick Hoodwinked Too! found it hard to compete with Rio, which held fast to the place position, while Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film clung to third by a nose.

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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