Feature Films by LDS/Mormon Filmmakers and Actors
Weekend Box Office Report (U.S. Domestic Box Office Gross)

Weekend of March 8, 2002

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Natl  Film Title                Weekend Gross
Rank  LDS/Mormon Filmmaker/Star   Total Gross Theaters Days
---  ----------------------------- -----------  -----  ----
 2   We Were Soldiers               14,208,525  3,143    10
     Keri Russell (actress)         40,552,286

36   Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure  163,752     19   395
     Scott Swofford (producer)       8,533,823
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)
     Sam Cardon (composer)
     Stephen L. Johnson (film editor)

40   Ocean's Eleven                   $114,252    102    94
     LDS characters: Malloy twins  182,023,645

43   The Other Side of Heaven           86,424     38    87
     Mitch Davis (writer/director)   1,650,841
     John H. Groberg (author/character)
     Gerald Molen, John Garbett (producers)
     Steven Ramirez (film editor)

45   Behind Enemy Lines                 52,562    121   101
     David Veloz (screenwriter)     58,767,833

46   Mulholland Drive                   49,150     42   154
     Joyce Eliason (producer/writer) 7,015,283

53   The Singles Ward                   38,375     16    38
     Kurt Hale (writer/director)       290,315
     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.

73   Galapagos                           8,017      3   864
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)   12,393,191
87   China: The Panda Adventure          5,674      5   227
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)    1,988,129

100  Mark Twain's America 3D             2,837      1  1347
     Alan Williams (composer)        2,169,247

101  Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man    2,803      2   675
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)   13,103,294

124  Island of the Sharks                  671      2  1046
     Alan Williams (composer)       10,647,192

AFRICA IMAX: A new IMAX film, "With Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa," opened this weekend in three theaters (including Houston and Fort Worth). The film features a musical score by Latter-day Saint composer Alan Williams (Soul Assassin; The Princess and the Pea; Who Gets the House?; Island of the Sharks; The Robin Hood Gang; Mark Twain's America; Amazon; Clubhouse Detectives, etc.).

Dallas Morning News Jane Sumner critic gave "Kilimanjaro" an A-. She wrote: "With 'Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa', filmmaker David Breashears takes us through five climate zones and ecosystems to the shining top of the world. This latest adventure film from the maker of 'Everest' is more than a large-format travel movie. Sublimely photographed, it's almost a religious experience. Led by mountain guide Jacob Kyungai, 50, a team of trekkers ranging in age from 12 to 64 make their way from the mud of the rainforest at its foot to the ice of glaciers at its peak. It's like going from the Amazon to the Arctic, and nearly half the 15,000 people who each year try to make it to the top fail. This could have been just another hiking movie, but Mr. Breashears knows how to make us feel as if we're there in the thin air of what often looks like a sci-fi movie set or, as the 12-year-old says, like Dr. Seuss land."

SHERIFF WES COMES HOME: According to, the video and DVD versions of "Brigham City" will be on sale as of April 30, 2002. The movie is currently still playing in a couple theaters in Canada.

HOOP DREAMS: Trent Hanson, a native of Utah (and Latter-day Saint) who was an actor for many years in Los Angeles, is in the pre-production stage on a feature film. Hanson wrote the script and will direct. The plot focuses on "Jaron Peterson", a Latter-day Saint basketball star who finds himself torn between the values he was brought up with and the NBA lifestyle. Filming is scheduled to begin in May, and a Fall 2002 release date is planned.

ARIZONA LOVES HEAVEN: Mitch Davis's "The Other Side of Heaven" opened this weekend in over 20 theaters all over Arizona (with a large number in Phoenix). This gave the film a big boost at the box office, with a weekend take more than double last week's figures. Interestingly enough, "Heaven" was only 3 places behind "Ocean's Eleven" in the national rankings, although "Ocean's" was in three times as many theaters. The movies, both with young LDS main characters played by non-LDS actors, opened within a week of each other. "Ocean's Eleven" has earned over $182 million domestically.

SINGLES WAR: Salt Lake Tribune reviewer Sean P. Means wrote another article about Kurt Hale's film "The Singles Ward." Means' article, "After 'The Singles Ward' Got Raked Over the Coals, Readers Did the Same to Me," published in the Tribune on Sunday, March 10, 2002, was his second article about the movie written since it was released, in addition to his review. In this latest article he quoted many of the letters he received in response to his negative review of that movie. He said he has never received a heavier or angrier reader response in reaction to a movie review.

Last week "The Singles Ward" had one of its best weeks yet at the box office, taking in over $38,000, for a cumulative total of over $300,000 (or 75% of its total budget). This is $8,000 more than last weekend's total. A source who works for the film's distributor, HaleStone Distribution, claimed that positive word of mouth is responsible for this.

The latest total (including Monday night's revenue) means that "The Singles Ward" has now earned more than the $299,200 box office total of James Merendino's 1999 movie "SLC Punk!," which was also about young single people in Salt Lake City.

SURVIVOR: NELEH -- Neleh really, really, really rocked on the 2nd week of "Survivor: Marquesas." Let's be honest: On the first week, she didn't get much air time. But this week, SHE WON THE IMMUNITY CHALLENGE. Not just her team. Her. Both teams were challenged to eat a horrific, Stygian raw fly-covered fish-in-seawater dish (a local Tahitian delicacy). Every member of both teams was able to get one of the fish down. That meant that the two teams were tied.

The tie breaker? One member of each team was chosen to race in eating an ENTIRE BOWL of the raw fish. Here's the kicker. Each team chose the contestant from the OPPOSITE team. Well, Neleh was Rotu's "weakest link" during the initial phase of the competition. The other team saw that she had the most difficulty getting the raw fish down. (Not a popular food in Layton, apparently.) So Neleh was chosen. And she triumphed, finishing off the bowl of raw fish while the other team's contestant couldn't finish his. Afterwards everybody (on the Rotu team) cheered Neleh. It was incredible! This ten-minute block of television was more thrilling, more interesting, had more heart than 97% of the feature films released by Hollywood during 2001.