Box Office Archive for December, 2007

Sunday Estimates by Klady – Dec 30



Friday Estimates by Klady – 12/29



Box Office Hell – Pre-New Years



Sunday Estimates by Klady – Dec 23



Friday Estimates by Klady

Ya wins some


Late Night At The Movies

At The Grove, here in L.A., four of this weekend’s new films are launching just after midnight tonight: National Treasure 2, Sweeney Todd, Walk Hard, and Charlie Wilson’s War.
The only film at over 50% capacity was Sweeney Todd… and it was at about 80% capacity in a 300+ seat theater. Not bad, but not overwhelming. And how was it for the rest? Ow.


Box Office Hell – 5 Major Releases

Updated on Friday, 12:55p


Sunday Estimates by Klady – 12/16

Only Harry Potter and Christ have had bigger openings than Will Smith outside of the summer months. Does that make Will bigger than The Beatles?
Potter I, II & IV, The Passion of The Christ


Friday Estimates by Klady

No precedent for this one.
The only other $30 million-plus opening day in December was Lord of The Rings: Return of The King, third of a massively successful trilogy


Box Office Hell



Sunday Estimates by Klady – Dec 9

I hate to get into the middle of some happy hype, but


Klady's Friday Estimates

As so often happens these days, the boo birds started shitting on The Golden Compass a little prematurely. The opening could be anywhere between $26 million and $29 million


Box Office Hell



SEbK – D207



Friday Estimates by Klady – Welcome To December

One of Hollywood’s “dead weekends” of the year – which has proven otherwise at times, but is generally avoided by most veteran distribution chiefs – is of little interest again.
Percentage drops are pretty much irrelevant against the day after Thanksgiving.
For perspective on the new exclusive releases, here are some others from this season:
Into The Wild – $212k on 4
The Darjeeling Limited – $135k on 2
Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead – $74k on 2
Lust, Caution – $64K on 1
Margot At The Wedding – $81k on 2
So basically… not bad… not great this weekend.


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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.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“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.

~ David Simon