Natl Film Title Weekend Gross Rank LDS/Mormon Filmmaker or Actor Total Gross Theaters Days ---- ------------------------------ ------- ----- ---- 7 Out Cold (NEW) 4,531,665 2,011 5 A. J. Cook (female lead) 6,700,687 9 Life as a House 2,121,159 1,119 31 Mark Andrus (screenwriter) 12,220,980 22 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure 238,790 18 290 Scott Swofford (producer) 5,405,381 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) Sam Cardon (composer) Stephen L. Johnson (film editor) 28 Mulholland Drive 176,695 95 49 Joyce Eliason (producer/writer) 4,980,763 43 Joy Ride 60,847 122 52 Paul Walker (2nd billed star) 21,760,992 47 China: The Panda Adventure 39,991 21 122 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 1,523,396 58 Galapagos 24,049 10 759 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 11,882,077 68 Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man 16,271 9 570 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 12,876,333 73 All Access 11,772 4 234 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 947,789 78 Island of the Sharks 9,206 6 941 Alan Williams (composer) 10,514,823
The big news in film this week was once again "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", in 1st place at the box office in its second week of release. The opening weekend for "Harry Potter" set a new box office record, breaking the old single-weekend box office record previously held by LDS producer Jerry Molen's "Lost World: The Jurassic Park."
The relatively low-budget "Out Cold," with Canadian-born LDS actress A. J. Cook as female lead, opened in sixth place nationwide. Cook, who now lives in Utah, is actively seeking a more serious, dramatic role for her next film.
Also notable in the Top 10 this weekend was Pixar's "Monsters, Inc" in 2nd place and Mark Andrus' "Life as a House" in 9th place nationwide.
The big news in the next weekend report is "Behind Enemy Lines." Co-written by Mormon writer David Veloz, the early reports show that this war pic set in the former Yugoslavia opened in 2nd place, behind Harry Potter. In addition to Veloz as writer, it's worth noting that this film was inspired by the real-life experiences of Utah pilot Scott O'Grady, who was shot down in Bosnia.
December 7th brings "Oceans Eleven," with no major LDS filmmakers or actors, but with two major Mormon characters (played by Scott Caan and Casey Affleck). And December 14th is, of course, when the long-awaited John H. Groberg/Mitch Davis/Jerry Molen film "The Other Side of Heaven" premieres.
New on DVD this week: The acclaimed Criterion Collection version of Alfred Hitchcock's "Notorious" (1946). Starring with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman is Mormon film star Moroni Olsen, playing Walter Beardsley. Along with "The Long, Long Trailer" (1954) and "Father of the Bride" (1950), Hitchcock's "Notorious" is one of Olsen's best remembered films.
Also arriving in stores this week is a new video release of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," whose Magic Mirror was voiced by none other than Moroni Olsen. But LDS film fans remember "Snow White" best for its Academy Award-nominated musical score by Utah native Leigh Harline. The recipient of 2 Academy Awards (for "Pinocchio") and a total of 8 nominations, Harline is considered one of the greatest composers in Mormon history.