Natl Film Title Weekend Gross Rank LDS/Mormon Filmmaker or Actor Total Gross Theaters Days ---- ------------------------------ ------- ----- ---- 15 Ocean's Eleven $2,056,615 1,541 59 LDS characters: Malloy twins 178,908,056 29 Behind Enemy Lines 252,458 409 66 David Veloz (screenwriter) 57,802,467 36 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure 99,428 16 360 Scott Swofford (producer) 7,188,129 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) Sam Cardon (composer) Stephen L. Johnson (film editor) 36 The Other Side of Heaven 91,297 35 52 Mitch Davis (writer/director) 1,292,907 John H. Groberg (author/character) Gerald Molen, John Garbett (producers) Steven Ramirez (film editor) 37 Mulholland Drive 81,305 72 119 Joyce Eliason (producer/writer) 6,545,178 44 The Singles Ward (NEW) 46,649 11 3 Kurt Hale (writer/director) 46,649 John E. Moyer (writer) Dave Hunter (producer) Cody Hale (composer) Ryan Little (cinematographer) Wynn Hougaard (film editor) Actors: Will Swenson, Connie Young Daryn Tufts, Kirby Heyborne Michael Birkeland, Bob-O Swenson Lincoln Hoppe, Tarance Edwards Michelle Ainge, Gretchen Whalley Sedra Santos 51 Out Cold 30,018 88 75 A. J. Cook (female lead) 13,850,403 66 Galapagos 11,151 3 829 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 12,256,938 73 China: The Panda Adventure 6,624 5 192 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 1,897,615 80 Island of the Sharks 3,821 3 1011 Alan Williams (composer) 10,625,038 91 Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man 1,215 2 640 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 13,056,971 103 Mark Twain's America in 3D 499 1 1312 Alan Williams (composer) 2,147,730
"The Singles Ward" ranked 44th nationwide in total box office revenue, and 5th on this list of films by and/or about Latter-day Saints/Mormons.
Critical reaction to "The Singles Ward" was mixed. Audiences seemed to love it, as did some of the critics. The Utah Statesman gave it an enthusiastic "A", and the Ogden Standard-Examiner gave it a favorable review and 2 1/2 stars. Eric D. Snider of the Utah County Daily Herald proved once again that he doesn't play favorites with locals, giving it a C- . The Desert News gave it 2 stars and the Salt Lake Tribune gave it 1. (Tribune critic Sean Means thought the humor might be too "inside" for people outside Utah/LDS culture to enjoy. Of course, nobody has actually watched the film with an "outsider" audience, so this seems like conjecture.)
With two Mormon casino bandits, "Ocean's Eleven" is STILL the top money-maker of this list, dropping from 11th place last week to 15th this week after 59 days in release. "Behind Enemy Lines" dropped slightly from 27th to 29th place nationwide -- quite respectable considering the film has been out over two months.
"The Other Side of Heaven" and "Mulholland Drive" were in 36th and 37th place nationwide for the second week in a row. "Heaven" is essentially only playing in Utah, Idaho and Austin, Texas (where one of its major investors lives). The Austin Chronicle reviewed "Heaven" favorably and gave it 2 1/2 (out of 4) stars. As the movie continues to open around the rest of the country it MIGHT become the top grossing film in the short history of modern "LDS Cinema" (movies made by AND about Latter-day Saints). But it still has a ways to go before it catches up to "God's Army."
[NOTE: Data for the LDS-made IMAX film "Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure" arrived late, which showed THAT film was in 36th place nationwide, pushing "The Other Side of Heaven", "Mulholland Drive" and "The Singles Ward" back one spot.]
LOOKING AHEAD: We're just two weeks away from the release of "Out of Step" the Canadian-Utah-New York film about a Latter-day Saint dancer in the Big Apple. "Out of Step" was produced by Cary Derbidge, directed by Ryan Little ("The Last Good War"), and stars Jeremy Elliott ("Testaments") and Michael Buster ("Elder Kinegar" from "God's Army"). Buster also co-wrote the screenplay.
YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST: Latter-day Saint filmmaker McKay Daines is currently filming "Dream Catcher," a major feature film written, produced and directed by him. The executive producer (and one of the stars) of this Native American romantic comedy is Ray Tracey, the Navajo Latter-day Saint actor who, as a BYU student, was discovered by Kieth Merrill and later starred in "Joe Panther" and the documentary "Indian." The film features an all Native American cast and is being filmed on reservations near Phoenix, Arizona.