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

Weekend of January 18, 2002

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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

After 45 days in release "Ocean's Eleven" raked in another $5.7 million this weekend, bringing its total U.S. gross to $171.6 million. It was still in 6th place nationwide, down from 4th place last week.

"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 , 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.