Feature Films by LDS/Mormon Filmmakers and Actors
Weekend Box Office Report (U.S. Domestic Box Office Gross)

Weekend of January 4, 2002

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Natl  Film Title                       Weekend Gross
Rank  LDS/Mormon Filmmaker or Actor    Total Gross   Theaters Days
----  ------------------------------   -------        -----   ----
3     Ocean's Eleven                  $11,052,578      2,770    31
      LDS characters: Malloy twins    151,967,372

16    Behind Enemy Lines                1,978,884      1,079    38
      David Veloz (screenwriter)       53,707,487

25    Mulholland Drive                    150,920         77    91
      Joyce Eliason (producer/writer)   5,780,033

28    The Other Side of Heaven            101,750         28    24
      Mitch Davis (screenwriter/director) 659,552
      John H. Groberg (author/character)
      Gerald Molen, John Garbett (producers)
      Steven Ramirez (film editor)

32    Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure     78,886         15   332
      Scott Swofford (producer)         6,683,025
      Reed Smoot (cinematographer)
      Sam Cardon (composer)
      Stephen L. Johnson (film editor)

47    Out Cold                             20,773         58    47
      A. J. Cook (female lead)         13,607,891

56    Galapagos                            13,616          7   801
      Reed Smoot (cinematographer)     12,082,148

62    China: The Panda Adventure            9,176          8   164
      Reed Smoot (cinematographer)      1,775,028

67    Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man      5,119          3   612
      Reed Smoot (cinematographer)     13,020,206

70    Joy Ride                              4,762         10    94
      Paul Walker (2nd billed star)    21,973,182

79    Island of the Sharks                  2,142          3   983
      Alan Williams (composer)         10,548,459

93    All Access                              124          1   276
      Reed Smoot (cinematographer)        992,683

This week no new films opened worth noting (LDS or otherwise). For the most part, the national rankings of movies made by Latter-day Saints and/or featuring Latter-day Saint characters remained roughly the same.

"Ocean's Eleven" dropped from 2nd to 3rd place, after a full month in release. With over $150 million in U.S. box office sales it is easily the highest-grossing film ever to feature Mormon main characters.

"Behind Enemy Lines" dropped slightly from 15th to a still impressive 16th place after being on screens for 38 days.

"Mulholland Drive" jumped from 38th to 25th place nationwide, getting quite a boost by appearing on more screens, award nomination lists, and on countless "Top 10" lists by movie critics.

"The Other Side of Heaven" continues to do well, dipping only a little from 26th to 28th place nationwide on only 28 screens. "Heaven" has posted a total gross of nearly $660,000, and it is just getting started. The official site has already announced the new locations for January openings in Idaho, Oregon, Texas, Nevada -- in addition to the many current Utah locations.

It's not film, but we'll try to sneak this in anyway... Tuesday nights have been a little lacking since Rick Schroeder left NYPD Blue. But now you might want to check out "Judging Amy" on CBS. Not only is it one of the most interesting dramas on television, it now features an exciting new cast member: BYU alum Kevin Rahm. Previously the star of two short-lived sitcoms ("Everything's Relative" and "Jesse"), Rahm plays Judge Amy's cousin "Kyle McCarty." Not only is this returned missionary the best-looking man on primetime, he's also such a good actor one is forced to wonder why he isn't being cast in numerous movies.

And while we're on the subject of television, LDS actress (and Baywatch alum) Kelly Packard has joined Dean Cain as co-host of "Ripley's Believe it or Not." (Interestingly enough, hosting "Ripley's" is Marie Osmond's old job.)

Now on shelves: The incomparably hip soundtrack to "The Singles Ward" has been released. The film itself premiers at the Jordan Commons on January 31st, followed by a February 1st opening across Utah, Idaho and Arizona. After you listen to the soundclips on the official site ( you'll have no doubt that this is going to be a very, very funny movie. (Richard Dutcher and MTV's Julie Stoffer are BOTH in it. How can you go wrong?)