Natl Film Title Weekend Gross Rank LDS/Mormon Filmmaker or Actor Total Gross Theaters Days ---- ------------------------------ ------- ----- ---- 6 Ocean's Eleven $5,713,569 2,670 45 LDS characters: Malloy twins 171,624,204 21 Behind Enemy Lines 818,991 874 52 David Veloz (screenwriter) 56,981,726 33 Mulholland Drive 139,860 111 108 Joyce Eliason (producer/writer) 6,275,848 34 The Other Side of Heaven 130,577 43 38 Mitch Davis (writer/director) 1,035,149 John H. Groberg (author/character) Gerald Molen, John Garbett (producers) Steven Ramirez (film editor) 37 Out Cold 77,800 180 61 A. J. Cook (female lead) 13,723,620 66 China: The Panda Adventure 8,332 6 178 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 1,823,855 69 Galapagos 6,354 4 815 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 12,107,230 75 Island of the Sharks 3,743 2 997 Alan Williams (composer) 10,592,938 79 Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man 3,035 3 626 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 13,036,719 100 All Access 124 1 290 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 993,040
"Ocean's Eleven" has already become the top-grossing film in U.S. history featuring overtly LDS main characters. By the time you read this it will surpass the $172.8 million U.S. gross made by "Rain Man" in 1988. The main character in "Rain Man" was based on an actual Latter-day Saint, but the character (including the name) was changed, and there were no LDS references in the movie. Until now, "Ocean's Eleven" was NOT the top grossing film with LDS character(s) -- if one counted "Rain Man." But now there is no equivocation to the preeminent status of "Ocean's." (Unless you adjust for inflation.)
"Behind Enemy Lines" was in 21st place, down from 17th last week. "Mulholland Drive" was in 33rd place, down from 29th last week.
The 2002 Golden Globes Awards ceremony was held on Sunday, Jan. 20th. The Australians did quite well, but Latter-day Saints were pretty much shut out of the "win" column this year. "Mulholland Drive," co-produced and co-written by Joyce Eliason, did not win any of the Golden Globes for which it was nominated (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Musical Score, Best Screenplay). "Shrek," whose original producer was John Garbett (a Latter-day Saint, and the producer of "The Other Side of Heaven"), was nominated for Best Musical or Comedy, but lost to "Moulin Rouge." "Frasier," the series whose titular character was created by Mormon brothers Glen and Les Charles, was nominated for Best Television Comedy, but didn't win. Tom Hanks picked up a Golden Globe for "Band of Brothers," but Tom was only LDS for one year -- when he was a five-year-old -- so that hardly counts.
In the realm of "LDS Cinema" -- movies made by AND about Latter-day Saints... "The Other Side of Heaven" passed the $1 million marker in box office ticket sales. With sold-out theaters in many new venues in Idaho the film posted an impressive per-theater average and was ranked 34th nationwide for total ticket sales. This week's revenue finally makes "Heaven" the top-performing film made by AND about Latter-day Saints of the year 2001.
If you feel some rumbling... That's Kurt Hale's new comedy "The Singles Ward" getting ready to ROCK YOUR WORLD! This film, the first LDS movie of 2002, premiers at Jordon Commons on January 30th, with all proceeds going to the National Kidney Foundation. Where else are you going to see Steve Young, Ruth Hale, Danny Ainge, Gordon Jump, Julie Stoffer, Lincoln Hoppe and Richard Dutcher in the same movie?
Finally, point your web browsers to http://www.outofstepthemovie.com , to check out the official "Out of Step" movie website, now online. Here's a little secret you'll hear first: Many of key people behind this film are Canadian Latter-day Saints! Canadian director, Canadian musicians, Canadian choreographer, multiple Canadian actors. The Canucks should be proud: "Out of Step" looks like it will be a marvelously entertaining, thought-provoking and uplifting movie.