Natl Film Title Weekend Gross Rank LDS/Mormon Filmmaker or Actor Total Gross Theaters Days ---- ------------------------------ ------- ----- ---- 11 Ocean's Eleven $3,176,373 2,010 52 LDS characters: Malloy twins 175,974,750 27 Behind Enemy Lines 320,488 503 59 David Veloz (screenwriter) 57,460,084 36 The Other Side of Heaven 93,809 33 45 Mitch Davis (writer/director) 1,162,138 John H. Groberg (author/character) Gerald Molen, John Garbett (producers) Steven Ramirez (film editor) 37 Mulholland Drive 88,160 58 112 Joyce Eliason (producer/writer) 6,421,778 38 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure 88,107 15 353 Scott Swofford (producer) 7,045,988 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) Sam Cardon (composer) Stephen L. Johnson (film editor) 44 Out Cold 50,377 140 68 A. J. Cook (female lead) 13,797,333 61 China: The Panda Adventure 11,391 5 185 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 1,885,046 68 Galapagos 6,842 3 822 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 12,243,728 78 Island of the Sharks 4,228 3 1004 Alan Williams (composer) 10,619,056 79 Mark Twain's America in 3D 4,184 1 1305 Alan Williams (composer) 2,145,215 88 Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man 2,743 2 633 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 13,038,601
"Behind Enemy Lines" went from 21st to 27th place after 59 days in release. "The Other Side of Heaven" was 3rd on the "LDS Movies" list, taking in $93,809 in just 33 theaters. It was in 36th place nationwide, down from 34th place last week. "Mulholland Drive" was just behind "Heaven" -- in 37th place this week, down from 33rd last week.
"The Singles Ward", the first "LDS Film" of 2002, premiers at the Jordon Commons (in Sandy, Utah) on Wednesday, January 30th. All proceeds from the "Utah black-tie", all-star affair will benefit the National Kidney Foundation. Two days later, on Friday, February 1st, "The Singles Ward" opens in theaters all over Utah (and Rexburg, ID). As you doubtless know by now, "The Singles Ward" is based on an original semi-autobiographical story by Latter-day Saint stand-up comic John E. Moyer. The screenplay was written by Moyer and the film's director, first-time feature helmer Kurt Hale. With this movie Hale becomes only the 3rd director in the post-Dutcher era to release a commercial feature film made by and about Latter-day Saints (after Dutcher himself and "The Other Side of Heaven" director Mitch Davis). "The Singles Ward" is unique in that it is the first comedy.
In "The Other Side of Heaven", producer Jerry Molen played the mission president and the actual John H. Groberg and his wife Jean Sabine Groberg appear briefly in a wedding scene. Some real-life TV journalists appeared as reporters in Dutcher's "Brigham City." So "The Singles Ward" is not the first LDS niche film to use cameos. But it is the first to make EXTENSIVE use of cameos. It has a ton of them. Bit parts are played in the movie by such famous individuals as Richard Dutcher, Julie Stoffer (MTV's "The Real World"), Steve Young, Thurl Bailey, Sean Bradley, Danny Ainge, Ruth Hale, LaVelle Edwards, Ron McBride, and Wally Joyner. The budget for "The Singles Ward" was $500,000, and we're predicting the movie will be a huge critical and financial success.
Here's an interesting little item: That venerable sage Orson Scott Card has long made clear his interest in movies. The adaptation of his popular novel "Ender's Game" into a movie is a perennial topic of interest. It's true that the screenplays for quite a number of Living Scriptures animated videos were penned by Card. But if you want to see what Card might do as a DIRECTOR or as writer of an ORIGINAL story, there was nothing available... Until now! You can now browse on over to the official OSC site at http://www.hatrack.com and check out Card's new short film "Remind Me Again." The RealPlayer format movie can be downloaded or watched as a streaming video. The 13-minute film was shot and edited by the director's son Geoffrey Card (film student and author of the "God's Army" novelization).
"Remind Me Again" stars Card's daughter Emily, as well as Dustin Evans, Aaron Johnston and Lauren Johnston. The story is about a man who has lost his memory, but he isn't Jim Carrey. FYI: There are no insectoid aliens, magic-wielding prophets, talking trees, sleeping princesses, or time-traveling Mayans. (Or does it?) And be warned: "Remind Me Again" is oddly interesting and well made given the equipment constraints, but it is very low budget (maybe even no-budget). Don't expect a Nike commercial.
Finally, up-and-coming filmmaker John Lyde announced this week the completion of his first major feature-length film: "The Field Is White." The 52-minute movie is being distributed by Thomson Productions and will arrive in LDS bookstores everywhere within a few weeks. "The Field is White" is about a returned missionary who struggles with his faith in post-mission life, but recalls his mission experiences as he re-reads his journals. "The Field is White" stars Tyson Downey, Kirt Fairbank and Lynne Carr. Audiences will remember Lynne Carr as "Sister Beecroft", the mission president's wife in Dutcher's "God's Army" (2000). "The Field is White" will also give you a preview of actor Jaelan Petrie, in a smaller role. Petrie is the star of Kels Goodman's upcoming feature film "Handcart."