Natl Film Title Weekend Gross Rank LDS/Mormon Filmmaker or Actor Total Gross Theaters Days ---- ------------------------------ ------- ----- ---- 21 Ocean's Eleven $992,235 812 66 LDS characters: Malloy twins 180,535,266 32 Behind Enemy Lines 188,761 306 73 David Veloz (screenwriter) 58,084,217 37 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure 127,206 18 367 Scott Swofford (producer) 7,359,522 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) Sam Cardon (composer) Stephen L. Johnson (film editor) 39 Mulholland Drive 73,485 71 126 Joyce Eliason (producer/writer) 6,649,583 42 The Other Side of Heaven 49,369 31 59 Mitch Davis (writer/director) 1,386,677 John H. Groberg (author/character) Gerald Molen, John Garbett (producers) Steven Ramirez (film editor) 52 The Singles Ward 28,395 10 10 Kurt Hale (writer/director) 97,304 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, Robert Swenson, Lincoln Hoppe, Gretchen Whalley, Sedra Santos, etc. 55 Out Cold 15,979 45 82 A. J. Cook (female lead) 13,883,044 64 Galapagos 9,300 3 836 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 12,274,898 71 China: The Panda Adventure 6,763 7 199 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 1,914,205 76 Island of the Sharks 4,176 4 1018 Alan Williams (composer) 10,633,198
After two months in release the hit film "Ocean's Eleven" has finally dropped out of the top 20 -- at number 21 nationwide. It will probably be a long time before another movie with Mormon characters dominates the box office the way this one did.
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS: LDS genre films were virtually shut out of the Oscar nominations this year, with no nominations going to "Brigham City" or "The Other Side of Heaven." Were Russell Crowe, Sean Penn, Will Smith, Denzel Washington, and Tom Wilkinson really better than Richard Dutcher in "Brigham City," or did Academy voters simply not see that movie? You be the judge.
We're not aware of any Latter-day Saints who received Oscar nominations this year, although many nominated films had Latter-day Saints in key positions. John Garbett (of "Other Side of Heaven" fame) was the early producer of "Shrek," which was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film and also for Best Screenplay (Adaptation). "Monsters, Inc." (from Pixar) was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, Best Musical Score, Best Song, and Best Sound Editing. "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (which was inspired in part by Latter-day Saint writer Chris Conkling's 1978 version of Tolkien's classic fantasy novel) was nominated for 13 Academy Awards. Although "Mulholland Drive" (co-written and co-produced by Joyce Eliason) received numerous nominations at the Golden Globes and in major critics awards lists, it made hardly a ripple in Academy Award nominations. It was only nominated for a Best Director award for David Lynch. One tenuous but fun connection: Actor Denzel Washington was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as an urban cop in "Training Day," in which he asks his new rookie partner (Ethan Hawke) why he won't use drugs, saying "Why not? You a Mormon?" (For the record, neither Denzel nor Ethan are Mormons.)
LOOKING AHEAD: LDS Genre: The producers of the "Charly" movie have changed the title from "Charly, Forever" to "Jack Weyland's Charly." No word on when the movie will be released. Kels Goodman has wrapped up filming of the winter scenes for his upcoming epic "Handcart." An extensive array of photos of the cast, crew, and production can be found at http://www.kelsgoodman.com
Upcoming Hollywood movies with Mormon/LDS stars: The release date of "The New Guy" (starring Eliza Dushku) has been pushed back from February to May. You can still look for "Murder by Numbers" (starring Ryan Gosling and non-LDS actress Sandra Bullock) to open on April 19th.