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

Weekend of April 12, 2002

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Natl  Film Title                Weekend Gross
Rank  LDS/Mormon Filmmaker/Star   Total Gross Theaters Days
---  ----------------------------- -----------  -----  ----
14   We Were Soldiers                1,428,885  1,112    45
     Keri Russell (actress)         73,869,164

19   The Other Side of Heaven          688,762    306   122
     Mitch Davis (writer/director)   2,716,662
     John H. Groberg (author/character)
     Gerald Molen, John Garbett (producers)
     Steven Ramirez (film editor)

46   Ocean's Eleven                    $77,162    105   129
     LDS characters: Malloy twins  183,254,096

65   The Singles Ward                   16,844     10    73
     Kurt Hale (writer/director)       486,730
     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.

71   China: The Panda Adventure         12,600      4   262
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)    2,193,164

72   Galapagos                          12,575      5   899
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)   12,571,246

73   Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man   12,281      3   710
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)   13,201,783

82   Mulholland Drive                    6,435      9   189
     Joyce Eliason (producer/writer) 7,203,833

106  Mark Twain's America 3D             1,069      1  1382
     Alan Williams (composer)        2,188,388

HEAVEN PASSES ARMY: "The Other Side of Heaven" went into nationwide release this week, showing in 306 theaters. It's weekend box office gross was $688,762, putting "Heaven's" total gross at $2,716,662. This means that "Heaven" has surpassed the total box office gross of Richard Dutcher's "God's Army": $2,628,829. This makes "Heaven" the top-grossing "LDS Cinema" film ever released (i.e., a movie made by and about Latter-day Saints). However, "The Other Side of Heaven" still has a ways to go before it can be considered as profitable as "God's Army", since the latter's budget was only $300,000 and "Heaven" cost about $7 million to make.

"The Other Side of Heaven" was ranked 19th nationwide, the first time an "LDS Cinema" film has appeared in the national Top 20. The previous best ranking was 24th place, for "The Other Side of Heaven" in its 2nd week of release, when it expanded from 2 to 15 theaters. Before "Heaven", the highest weekly box office ranking by an "LDS Cinema" film was "Brigham City", which opened in 33rd place nationwide one year ago (April 6th, 2001 -- showing in 51 theaters).

Although "only" ranking 19th after its nationwide release, "The Other Side of Heaven" held its own on a per-screen basis. While "Heaven"'s nation-wide release meant that it played in 306 theaters, every film ranked above it but one was playing on at least 586 screens. "Heaven"'s per theater income was $2,251. To compare, "Clockstoppers", which finished the weekend ranked at #7 in terms of gross income, played in 2,512 theaters and had a per theater average of $1,852.

Excel Entertainment, the distributor of "The Other Side of Heaven," released a press release on Tuesday pointing out that the movie was ranked #1 nationwide on Monday night in terms of per-screen average. The press release specifically mentioned that this was because Monday night is widely observed as family night. The press release also quoted from Sheila Norman-Culp's largely complimentary Associated Press movie review. The release noted that the "US Conference of Catholic Bishops also applauded the film, calling it 'inspiring [and] sincere.'"

Although many movie reviewers from around the nation criticized the events portrayed in "The Other Side of Heaven", the audience response has been overwhelmingly positive. Reviewers almost universally praised the film's cinematography. The movie is expected to top $3 million this weekend, and could easily top $4.5 million within the next two months.

YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST: We have received word from a very talented Latter-day Saint film director that he will be directing a new movie this summer. We can't yet tell you who it is, but we can tell you that although he has already directed more than one feature film, none of his feature films have yet been released theatrically -- they've always been released on video. (This description could apply to at least 10 people, so don't be thinking you know who it is.)

WEIGH IN: The website has just added a page of entertaining interactive polls. The page is at:
You can add your vote a variety of questions, such as:
What is your favorite "LDS Cinema" movie?
What is your favorite movie produced by Jerry Molen?
What is your favorite Kieth Merrill film commissoned by the Church? ("Testaments", "Legacy", or "Mr. Krueger's Christmas")
Which Tim Slover play would you most like to see as a feature film?
Which book by a Latter-day Saint author would you most like to see as a feature film?

NELEH WATCH: This week's episode of "Survivor: Marquesas" (known locally as "Survivor: Neleh") featured very little of our favorite castaway. The two tribes merged and the focus was largely on Rob and John (battling for control of the island), and on Kathy (marked for banishment by her back-stabbing former friends, and struggling for survival). Neleh did have one great, hilarious line ("Oh, what outfit should I wear tonight to tribal council?"), which served to break up the incredibly thick tension in the newly-combined tribe. In the beginning of the episode Neleh also discovered a human skull on the island. The good news is that Neleh has made it the final 9 people on the island, and she is guaranteed a spot on the last episode -- either as one of the final two competitors, or one of the jurors whose vote determines the winner. According to the "Next Episode" blurb, next week's episode will feature some focus on Neleh, but she may be in trouble...

THE UTAH HIGH SCHOOL FILMFEST, which was organized by West High School media instructor Sheridan Prince, was held on April 10th. The keynote speaker was Sandy resident Dave W. Phillips, vice-president and general manager of KUTV, Salt Lake City. Workshops were given by KUTV News reporter Peter Rosen, Apple Computer movie editing software expert Brad Caldwel, film editor Mike Bollinger, Utah filmmaker Trent Harris and KTVX master editor Tim Phillips.

Students from Kearns High took home 6 awards. The next highest award count was West High and Provo High, both tied with 4 awards each. Highland students received 3 awards. Juan Diego High took home 2 awards. Schools with 1 award each were: Dixie High, Orem High, Springville High, Timpanogos High, Wasatch High, Woods Cross High.

The awards winners were:

3rd Place
Title: A Punjabi Love Story
Highland High
Salman Nisar

2nd Place (tie)
Title: Scott Watts
Dixie High
Jamie Lorentzen

2nd Place (tie)
Title: Tyler Terrific
West High
Nick Epperson

1st Place
Title: Bookends
West High
Kat Johnson

Public Service Announcements (PSA's)

3rd Place
Title: Conditioned Violence
Timpanogos High
Aaron Byland & Drew Anderson

2nd Place
Title: Children & Guns
Provo High 
Karleigh Ashby

1st Place
Drinking & Driving
Layton High
Miles Hicks & Noah Sunday

News Story

3rd Place
Title: Breakin'
Juan Diego High
Nick Nageli & Russ Langner

2nd Place
Title: Mandy
Kearns High
Sean Jennings

1st Place
Title: Deseret Industries
Kearns High
Benjamin Loertscher


3rd Place
Title: Apifiny
Kearns High
Erik Bingham & Jared Barnett

2nd Place
Title: The Shirt Vac
West High
Lindsey Sine

lst Place
Title: Express Yourself
Provo High
Ren Wightman

Short Film

3rd Place
Title: The Tell Tale Heart
Springville High
Michael Jacobson

2nd Place
Title: Deadly Memories
West High
Nick Epperson

1st Place
Title: Red Balloon
Highland High
Joe Anderson

School Spirit

3rd Place
Title: Fire Inside
Wasatch High
Austin Corry

2nd Place
Title: Back Into the High Life
Highland High
Joe Anderson

1st Place
Title: Foxy Ladies
Juan Diego High
Andrew Luccero & Rachel Smith


3rd Place
Title: Ordinary Day
Provo High
Kyle Hinkley & Dan Midgley

2nd Place
Title: Super Nerd
Kearns High
Shawn Larrabee

1st Place
Title: Z-Lens
Kearns High
Sean Jennings & Colt Mullins

Music Video

3rd Place
Title: A Place for My Head
Provo High
Rick Brimhall & Justin Wright

2nd Place
Title: Water Edge
Woods Cross High
David Muhlestein

1st Place
Title: Julieann
Orem High
Ryan Saltzgiver, Mitch Parker, & Jeff Craig