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Sunday Estimates by Klady – Dec 23


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16 Responses to “Sunday Estimates by Klady – Dec 23”

  1. Chicago48 says:

    Looks like IAL is on the way to $150Mil, is that the biggest for Will?

  2. martin says:

    u mean fastest to $150 mill?

  3. JPaul says:

    Not sure if you noticed it or not but it seems “Blonde Ambition” was dumped into theaters this weekend as well on a barely noticeable 8 screens. Total take: $1,300 and a 37th place finish. Makes me feel a little better about “Walk Hard”.

  4. Joe Leydon says:

    JPaul: Evidenly, all eight of the bookings were in Texas. But none were in Houston.

  5. Wrecktum says:

    On Friday NT2’s tracking looked like a $50+ weekend, easy. The dropoff is undoubtably attributable to yesterday’s bad weather across most of the country.
    Enchanted will be at $100m by Christmas. Who would have thought that Alvin and the freakin’ Chipmunks would be the #1 kids movie of the season?

  6. a_loco says:

    movie’s with supposed “stars” like luke wilson have been getting dumped a lot lately. compare this with idiocracy(which still managed to find a second life), mama’s boy, that ben affleck flick with rebecca romijn earlier this year, that penelope cruz and salma hayek western. five years ago, it would be unheard of that all those movies went straight to DVD. hopefully, this will at least lead to less stigma towards straight to DVD films so we can appreciate the actually good independent films that don’t get to theatres.

  7. awww, I really liked Bandidos (the Cruz/Heyak movie).

  8. JPaul says:

    Hey, Joe, thanks for the extra skinny on the “fiscally responsible” release of “Blonde Ambition”. I have a sad and very apparent feeling we’re paying more attention to it than anyone else.
    And, Loco, while I certainly agree with you that not all movies should be written off just because they bypass the theatrical run, I don’t think the case will be made on some of the titles you mentioned and certainly not on the weak and arthritic shoulders of “BA”. And while we’ve observed that “technically”, yes, it did get a theatrical release, everyone else will more than likely see it as a STDVD. And I know I for one will not correct them. I think I come off as a purveyor of useless and often pathetic trivia enough as it is. I know I’ve filled my quota for today.

  9. bmcintire says:

    How in the hell did AUGUST RUSH get to $29M? It debuted in 7th or 8th place over Thanksgiving and has stayed out of the top 10 ever since. That is a seriously under-the-radar success story for Warner. I was shocked to see that number this morning.

  10. Chucky in Jersey says:

    “August Rush” is not a success given its budget and B.O. It stuck around as long as it did because of a slow release schedule.

  11. CaptainZahn says:

    August Rush might do quite well on DVD.

  12. a_loco says:

    I wasn’t saying that any of those films were worth seeing, I was just saying that they had legitimate stars in them and still went STV. God knows I’m not gonna waste my time on any of them. (Also, the title of the Hayek/Cruz movie would have been Bandidas, Bandidos is masculine, maybe it should be the title for the Banderas/Iglesias starring sequel? jk)

  13. bmcintire says:

    AUGUST will probably reach the “hit” MICHAEL CLAYTON’s numbers by mid-January and both had relatively the same budget. I had this pegged as a title that wouldn’t make it to eight figures theatrically and assumed it would flop quietly.

  14. Oy, Farce of the Penguins went theatrical down here. Not that anybody noticed.

  15. Chicago48 says:

    Straight to vid question: do the actors get their regular pay day ($$$mil) or do they get gross on the receipts?

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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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