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

Weekend of July 26, 2002

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Natl  Film Title                Weekend Gross
Rank  LDS/Mormon Filmmaker/Star   Total Gross Theaters Days
---  ----------------------------- -----------  -----  ----
 9   Minority Report                 3,124,360  1,365    38
     Gerald Molen (producer)       123,375,096

21   The Divine Secrets of the         445,261    411    52
     Ya-Ya Sisterhood               67,653,127

42   ESPN's Ultimate X                  78,844     40    80
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)    3,450,995

52   Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure   49,100     18   535
     Scott Swofford (producer)      12,924,262
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)
     Sam Cardon (composer)
     Stephen L. Johnson (film editor)

62   Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man   20,382      8   815
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)   13,616,464

65   The Singles Ward                   17,085     11   178
     Kurt Hale (writer/director)       862,185
     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,
        Wally Joyner, Lincoln Hoppe,
        Sedra Santos, etc.

73   China: The Panda Adventure         13,527      6   367
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)    2,661,888

83   Galapagos                           7,706      4  1004
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)   13,551,853

93   The Other Side of Heaven            4,525      5   227
     Mitch Davis (writer/director)   4,659,787
     John H. Groberg (author/character)
     Gerald Molen, John Garbett (producers)
     Steven Ramirez (film editor)

105  Mark Twain's America 3D             2,936      2  1487
     Alan Williams (composer)        2,257,656

106  The Believer                        2,885      4    73
     Ryan Gosling (lead actor)         251,622

112  Ziggy Stardust & Spiders from Mars  1,263      1    19
     Mick Ronson (2nd billed actor)     35,208

YEAH, BABY: "Austin Powers in Goldmember," produced by Utah native Eric McLeod, opened in the Number 1 spot nationwide, taking in over $71 million at the U.S. box office over the weekend. This made it the highest-ever opening for a comedy, and the 5th highest opening for any film, coming behind "Spider-man", "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", "Star Wars: Episode 1: Attack of the Clones", and "Lost World: Jurassic Park" (produced by Latter-day Saint producer Jerry Molen). McLeod, who graduated from the University of Utah before embarking on a career as a Hollywood movie producer, brought the "Austin Power" production to his hometown: The opening sequence of the movie was filmed in Moab. (We suppose the big question about McLeod is... Is he or isn't he? Answer: We don't know. Sorry.)

MOLEN/MINORITY REPORT: Once films drop from the Top 10 in weekend grossing totals, they rarely return. With new films being released weekly, and a reduction in the number of theaters where the film is playing, it is unlikely that a film can climb back up the rankings. However, this weekend, "Minority Report" (Producer - Gerald Molen) beat the odds and came in at the number 9 spot after finishing number 11 the previous week, although it played in over 300 fewer theaters this weekend.

SMOOT: Another impressive number is the number 1000 now attached with "Galapagos" (Cinematographer - Reed Smoot). As of this week, "Galapagos" has been playing in theaters for over 1000 days - equal to just under 2 3/4 years. Granted, IMAX films do tend to play longer than typical theatrical releases. Still, this is a very impressive milestone. Another film with Reed Smoot as cinematographer, "China: The Panda Adventure" passed the one year mark this week.

HALE, DANSIE, DeVILLIERS, KIRN: "The RM", the next LDS-themed comedy from HaleStorm Entertainment has begun production. The film, which stars Kirby Heyborne, as a young man who returns from his mission with big plans for the future, only to have his life fall apart around him, is scheduled to be released in January. In other production news, Tucker T Dansie's latest short film "Quarters & Rocks" is set to film tomorrow (Wednesday July 31, 2002) and Rocco DeVilliers' children's film "Up in the Air" is scheduled to film beginning in September.

Funny thing to note: "Up in the Air" is ALSO the title of a novel by lapsed Latter-day Saint novelist Walter Kirn, which has been optioned to be made into a feature film directed by Jay Roach, the director of the "Austin Powers" movies. Meanwhile, shooting is reportedly under way on the movie version of Kirn's novel THUMBSUCKER. The movie stars Elijah Wood (star of "Lord of the Rings") in the central role. In the novel, Elijah Wood's character meets missionaries, joins the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and serves part of a mission. "Thumbsucker", which will be released in 2003, is the feature film directorial debut of Mike Mills, who should NOT be confused with Latter-day Saint director Michael Mills, the director of "He Took My Licking", which was written by Elizabeth Hansen and photographed by "Handcart" director Kels Goodman.

BIOS: The first stage of the "Brief Biographies of Latter-day Saint and/or Utah Film Personalities" section of the website is complete. The completed versions of all of the pages are finished and online.

Well over 1,000 capsule biographies are provided, covering the majority of film personalities listed on the filmography pages (primarily actors, directors, producers, writers, and cinematographers, with some miscellaneous crew such as production designers, costume designers, etc.) There are no biographies for film composers. The composers links directly to composers' websites.

The capsule biographies are listed alphabetically, one page for each letter of the alphabet. The bio section is located at:

GOODMAN/HANDCART: Kels Goodman's long-awaited "Handcart" was given a "preview" showing at the Scera Theater in Orem on July 23rd. It was a video projection, rather than film, and some of the sound work is still not done. But those invited were able to see the film essentially in its final form. Kels and company still have some time before the scheduled October 11th official release, scheduled for 20 theaters in Utah, Arizona, Idaho and Nevada to polish the final product. co-webmaster Thomas C. Baggaley was there. For Thomas, highlights of the film were the relationships between the characters, and the acting, especially a strong performance by male lead Jaelan Petrie. Although the video projection was not as clear as film would have been, it is clear that this will be a very good looking film as well as a nice tribute to the handcart pioneers.

At the preview, Kels announced that he is going to begin working on his next film immediately. It will be an action/adventure film about Boy Scouts.

SWAN: The long-awaited premiere of "The Princess and the Pea" will be on August 16th. Although the film does not have Latter-day Saint characters, most of the key filmmakers are Latter-day Saints, including director Mark Swan, producers Forrest S. Baker III and Don Judd, and composer Alan Williams. Local voice actors include Frank Gerrish and Chrystine Potter Hyatt.

PERRY/MASTER OF DISGUISE: Next week sees the nationwide release of "The Master of Disguise" (2002), a family-friendly film that marks the directorial debut of production designer Perry Andelin Blake. Blake (a Latter-day Saint) is best known for his acclaimed production design work on all of the Adam Sandler feature films. "Master of Disguise" stars Saturday Night Live alum Dana Carvey. Look for it EVERYWHERE.