Natl Film Title Weekend Gross Rank LDS/Mormon Filmmaker or Actor Total Gross Theaters Days ---- ------------------------------ ------- ----- ---- 31 Ocean's Eleven $193,268 176 80 LDS characters: Malloy twins 181,651,711 32 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure 192,879 19 381 Scott Swofford (producer) 7,709,153 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) Sam Cardon (composer) Stephen L. Johnson (film editor) 35 Behind Enemy Lines 143,485 249 87 David Veloz (screenwriter) 58,553,616 47 Mulholland Drive 61,830 54 140 Joyce Eliason (producer/writer) 6,866,428 57 The Singles Ward 22,902 9 24 Kurt Hale (writer/director) 208,000 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. 58 The Other Side of Heaven 22,552 14 73 Mitch Davis (writer/director) 1,503,881 John H. Groberg (author/character) Gerald Molen, John Garbett (producers) Steven Ramirez (film editor) ?? Out of Step ??,000 7 10 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. 70 Galapagos 10,675 3 850 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 12,352,701 66 Out Cold 10,411 19 89 A. J. Cook (female lead) 13,903,262 83 China: The Panda Adventure 6,638 5 213 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 1,953,972 86 Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man 5,657 2 661 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 13,090,135 100 Island of the Sharks 3,421 2 1032 Alan Williams (composer) 10,638,624 104 Mark Twain's America 3D 2,648 1 1333 Alan Williams (composer) 2,161,635
Scott Champion of Halestone Distribution let us know that the total box office gross for "The Singles Ward" (as of 26 February 2002) is 208,000, and the movie is still going strong. The film earned $22,902 this weekend, putting it in 57th place nationwide, one place ahead of "The Other Side of Heaven" (which has been playing for over 2 months). This means that "The Singles Ward" has grossed roughly one half of its budget, after less than a month. The movie opens near BYU-Hawaii in March, and throughout the rest of Idaho in April. (Currently its only Idaho location is Rexburg.)
"Out of Step" played for a second weekend, but once again, we do not have any box office data for this LDS-themed movie. An analysis of local reviews (Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald, and Ogden Standard-Examiner) shows that aside from Dutcher's "God's Army" and "Brigham City", Derbridge and Hale's "Out of Step" has been the best reviewed of the five post-Dutcher LDS-themed feature films. Unfortunately, few people seem to know about this movie.
The astute reader will notice that the critically acclaimed IMAX documentary "Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure" is back on this box office list, after many week's of absence. It is ranked #32 nationwide, and it's total box office gross now stands at $7.7 million. Many of the film's makers are Latter-day Saints: It was produced by Scott Swofford, photographed by Reed Smoot and scored by Sam Cardon. It has actually been playing continuously (and quite successfully), but its box office numbers were not being reported regularly on www.the-numbers.com
There is now a very informative website up for Rob Sibley's straight-to-video comedy/adventure/time travel/spiritual feature film "The Shadow of Light." Check it out (including a great looking trailer) at: http://www.theshadowoflight.com
Writer/producer/director Sibley has made a number of documentaries, but may be best known for "Utah's Blackhawk War: Cultures in Conflict" (1998; PBS). "The Shadow of Light" (featuring time travel back to Utah of the pioneer period and the 1940s) features a cast mostly new to film, including Holt Hamilton, Dallen Johnson, Fred Walters and Christina Shelley. Glenn L. Anderson wrote the film's screenplay. Anderson's previous screenwriting credits include Disney's "The Thanksgiving Promise" (1986). He is also the author of the LDS science fiction novels _The Millennium File_ and _The Doomsday Factor_. He also wrote a number of SF short stories, including "Shannon's Flight" in M. Shayne Bell's _Washed by a Wave of Wind_.
COMING SOON: Ads have begun to appear on television for "Murder By Numbers", starring Ryan Gosling (Latter-day Saint actor who starred in "The Believer"). Sandra Bullock also stars, as an FBI profiler charged with catching a bewildering serial killer (played by Gosling). Don't miss it! (And root for Ryan, of course.)
IN THE FUTURE: Michael Cuesta and his brother (neither are LDS) have been announced as the directors of the film version of Latter-day Saint writer Brady Udall's immensely popular novel _The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint_. The movie is being produced by Michael Stipe's poduction company Single Cell Pictures ("Being John Malkovich"). Cuesta's debut feature film was "L.I.E.", and the director became best known for his complaints about the MPAA, after "L.I.E." was given an NC-17 rating. Cuesta erected an extensive website detailing his criticisms of the MPAA, but he still didn't secure an "R" rating.
ALSO: Director Mike Nichols (who won the Best Director Academy Award for "The Graduate") is directing an HBO miniseries version of Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Angels in America." Neil LaBute had previously been mentioned as the director of a feature film version, but apparently that isn't happening. "Angels" is about gays and Mormons in New York City. Nichols is neither Mormon nor gay, but maybe he lives in New York. (He is married to journalist Diane Sawyer.)