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FGME Brought To Down To Earth?

If I am going to write about the success, I guess I have to write about the disasters…
Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest came in a stunning second all-time this Monday, the record being third week Monday non-holiday. The record of $4,308,824 was held by Spider-Man. P2 missed by a daunting $4613.00.
New Disney movie chief Oren Aviv was unable to speak

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27 Responses to “FGME Brought To Down To Earth?”

  1. Sandy says:

    Funny! David, you might have to revise your numbers for worldwide dominance of POTC 2&3 when all is said and done. Looks like DMC alone will gross closer to $1 billion just from worldwide box office alone, never mind any ancillaries.

  2. palmtree says:

    Yeah, I hear they’re going to shelve Pirates 3 since it now appears there’s no audience for it. = )
    What’s FGME?

  3. Colin says:

    Spider-Man’s 3rd Monday was probably helped by the fact that it fell on Victoria Day in Canada. Looking at Box Office Mojo, I see that Spidy fell to 2.78m on Tuesday, so expect POTC:DMC to be back in the saddle again on Tuesday.

  4. ployp says:

    I think FGME stands for ‘Fastest Grossing Movie Ever’. Is that right Mr. Poland?

  5. David Poland says:

    Yes, polyp

  6. palmtree says:


  7. Tofu says:

    So if Spidey fell on Victoria Day… Does that give Pirates 2 the biggest NON-Holiday 3rd Monday? =D

  8. palmtree says:

    Pardon me for asking a dumb question, but does a Canadian holiday really impact US domestic grosses to that extent?

  9. jeffmcm says:

    US box office figures include Canada…right?

  10. KamikazeCamelV2.0 says:

    Yeah, they’re “North America” aren’t they, but they just say America.

  11. Kambei says:

    Here is a site that lists Canadian box office.
    And here is a site with some interesting analysis of the % of a film’s gross that comes from Canadian viewing.

  12. Tofu says:

    Wow, Horror & Comedy don’t quite fly in the Great North. Pirates:DMC appears to be closing in on Goblet of Fire…
    And boy, did District B13 have a terrible rollout, or what?

  13. Cadavra says:

    Yeah, but let’s face it: an action film with subtitles falls into that great crevice between mouth-breathers and art snobs, so only a handful of small-c catholics like me go see it.

  14. palmtree says:

    They should have just dubbed that sucker. I hate dubs, but still if that would have opened up the market to parkour films, then why not? And besides, how important was the dialogue in that film?

  15. jeffmcm says:

    There wasn’t a lot of dialogue to dub.

  16. Sandy says:

    FGME blew that Tuesday record easily. Looks like by Friday it will pass Nemo’s total domestic gross…how cool is that for Disney.

  17. David Poland says:

    Record – $3,756,252
    P2 Yesterday = $4,220,967

  18. palmtree says:

    Maybe it was because they had to dub all the grunts and “efforts.” Merde!
    Any bets on whether Pirates takes number one this weekend? Ant Bully feels soft to me and the real surprise could be Miami Vice.

  19. Sharpel007 says:

    My money is def going to Vice, heck I’ll pay to watch it again Sunday to help Michael

  20. martin says:

    Vice is going to be big, I say 30 at least.

  21. jeffmcm says:

    It seems like, just as Pirates filled the ‘fun’ niche for a lot of moviegoers, Miami Vice is coming at the right time to fill the ‘serious action’ niche that has been going unfulfilled.

  22. Cadavra says:

    I think VICE just edges out DMC, but I wouldn’t put any money on it.

  23. jeffmcm says:

    Edges it out how, huge weekend gross?
    I wouldn’t put money on that either.

  24. Cadavra says:

    I meant VICE beats DMC by maybe a million or less (e.g., VICE 29, DMC 28).

  25. jeffmcm says:

    Well, last weekend Pirates grossed $35.2m, which was a 44% drop from the previous weekend. If that persists, this weekend will see a gross of only about $20m, which I would predict Miami Vice should be able to pass.

  26. Stella's Boy says:

    boxofficeguru is predicting $38 million for Miami Vice, but that seems a little high. Pirates won’t make more than $20 million this weekend. I can’t imagine Vice not being #1.

  27. Cadavra says:

    Wow, you’re right. Somewhere in there I lost a week. No way DMC gets over 20.

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
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“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

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