Natl Film Title Weekend Gross Rank LDS/Mormon Filmmaker or Actor Total Gross Theaters Days ---- ------------------------------ ------- ----- ---- 25 Ocean's Eleven $384,150 407 73 LDS characters: Malloy twins 181,373,756 32 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure 255,539 19 374 Scott Swofford (producer) 7,709,153 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) Sam Cardon (composer) Stephen L. Johnson (film editor) 33 Behind Enemy Lines 174,765 278 80 David Veloz (screenwriter) 58,360,599 44 Mulholland Drive 75,925 55 133 Joyce Eliason (producer/writer) 6,780,398 53 The Other Side of Heaven 30,103 14 66 Mitch Davis (writer/director) 1,473,749 John H. Groberg (author/character) Gerald Molen, John Garbett (producers) Steven Ramirez (film editor) ?? Out of Step (NEW) ??,000 7 3 Ryan Little (director) ??,000 Cary Derbidge, Kenneth Marler (producers) Michael Buster, Willow Leigh Jones, Nikki Schmutz (writers) Merrill Jensen (composer) Michael Worthen (cinematographer) Actors: Alison Akin Clark, Jeremy Elliott, Michael Buster, Tayva Patch, Rick Macy, etc. ?? The Singles Ward ??,000 11 17 Kurt Hale (writer/director) ???,000 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. 61 Galapagos 12,158 3 843 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 12,331,778 66 Out Cold 10,411 19 89 A. J. Cook (female lead) 13,903,262 69 Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man 9,018 2 654 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 13,081,986 74 China: The Panda Adventure 5,122 7 206 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 1,933,842 81 Island of the Sharks 2,102 2 1025 Alan Williams (composer) 10,630,313
What we REALLY want to know is what I don't have yet -- sorry. I've nudged my contacts and checked the usual sources, but I don't have this week's box office performance for "Out of Step" or "The Singles Ward."
THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME: Things are certainly shaping up for Neil LaBute's film adaptation of his highly successful play "The Shape of Things." This fast-track motion picture appears to be well under way, as IMDb.com already lists all of the key players. The film uses the cast from the stage production: Gretchen Mol, Paul Rudd (who appeared in LaBute's "bash: latterday plays"), Rachel Weisz, and Fred Weller. Producers are listed as LaBute himself, as long as his producing partner Gail Mutrux, and also Philip Steuer and cast member Rachel Weisz. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are executive producers. Cinematography will be by James L. Carter ("My Dog Skip"). Production design is by Lynette Meyer, who did the same job on LaBute's "Nurse Betty." Christopher H. Lawrence will be the Art Director. (He has previously worked on in the art department films such as "Austin Powers 2" and Kevin Costner's "Dragonfly", but this will be his first feature film in charge.) Felipe Borrero is the sound mixer, a position he also held on "Nurse Betty" (and, interestingly enough, on "The Fast and the Furious with Paul Walker). Hey! Where's Aaron!?!? Is LaBute really going to make a movie without Aaron Eckhart in it?
NOT MOVIES, BUT FUN ANYWAY: As has been reported in many places, the news season of "Survivor" (taking place in Marquesas) stars Neleh Dennis, a young Latter-day Saint beauty from Layton, Utah. Apparently CBS remembered that MTV's best-ever season of "Real World" owed its success to ex-BYU student Julie Stoffer's charm, and they recalled the original Survivor season's Kelly Wiglesworth, a less active Mormon seen praying on the show's finale just before winning 2nd place. Yet that same year's LDS-less "Big Brother" tanked. The lesson learned: Mormon mojo makes for media magic. CBS reports that the "luxury item" chose to take to the islands is her Scriptures.