Natl Film Title Weekend Gross Rank LDS/Mormon Filmmaker or Actor Total Gross Screens Days ---- ------------------------------ ------- ----- ---- 2 Ocean's Eleven $22,076,664 3,075 10 LDS characters: Malloy twins 72,306,190 5 Behind Enemy Lines 5,414,981 2,792 17 David Veloz (screenwriter) 38,813,329 11 Out Cold 694,866 1,183 26 A. J. Cook (female lead) 13,245,127 16 Life as a House 274,239 504 52 Mark Andrus (screenwriter) 15,412,701 27 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure 103,277 19 311 Scott Swofford (producer) 5,903,593 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) Sam Cardon (composer) Stephen L. Johnson (film editor) 34 Mulholland Drive 70,135 83 70 Joyce Eliason (producer/writer) 5,367,713 40 The Other Side of Heaven (NEW) 55,765 2 3 Mitch Davis (screenwriter/director) 55,765 John G. Groberg (author/character) Gerald Molen, John Garbett (producers) Steven Ramirez (film editor) 47 Joy Ride 24,114 71 73 Paul Walker (2nd billed star) 21,933,431 63 China: The Panda Adventure 13,975 17 143 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 1,647,645 70 Galapagos 11,385 8 780 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 11,976,880 75 Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man 9,840 7 591 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 12,938,153 82 Island of the Sharks 6,243 5 962 Alan Williams (composer) 10,554,048 84 All Access 5,653 4 255 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 982,070 133 Mark Twain's America 3D 66 1 1263 Alan Williams (composer) 2,136,468
In Orem, "The Other Side of Heaven" began showing at the earliest possible time that was permitted: at one minute past midnight on the morning of December 14th. The theater was sold out with an enthusiastic crowd.
The packed theaters in its opening weekend gave "The Other Side of Heaven" the 2nd highest per-screen ticket sales in the entire country, finishing only behind the heavily advertised film "The Royal Tenenbaums," which opened in 5 theaters. "The Royal Tenenbaums" boasts an all-star cast that includes Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Alec Baldwin -- so the people behind "The Other Side of Heaven" should be pleased with a second place showing behind it. Also, part of the gap between the per-screen average for "Tenenbaums" ($50,813) and "Heaven" ($27,882) might be attributable to low Sunday revenues for "Heaven." The Scera Theater is closed on the Sabbath. There were no showings there on the Sunday, December 16th, one of only three days included in the calculation.
"The Other Side of Heaven" is writer/director Mitch Davis' first theatrically released film. But the film's producers already have had a few successes at the box office. John Garbett was a producer of "Shrek", which has grossed over $267 million domestically. And Jerry Molen is the producer of films that have grossed over 1.7 BILLION in U.S. ticket sales. (Well, make that 1.7 billion PLUS $55,000 from this weekend's "Other Side of Heaven" showings.)
Also: With $22 million in ticket sales, "Ocean's Eleven" dropped from first to second place this week, behind a new Tom Cruise/Russell Crowe picture. The "Mormon twins" in the new "Ocean's Eleven" are a nod to the Mormon character in the original Brat Pack version.
"Behind Enemy Lines" continued to do well, in 5th place. "Out Cold" starring LDS actress A. J. Cook was in 11th place after 26 days in release.
Also in the news: The influential New York Film Critics Circle Awards were announced this week, and the bizarre David Lynch film "Mulholland Drive" was chosen as the year's Best Film. The NY Film Critics picks are always considered strong indicators of the year's Oscar favorites. Although "Mulholland Drive" is widely considered a pure Lynch-fest, it was actually the result of collaboration between Lynch and writer/film producer Joyce Eliason (a former Church member). Eliason is credited as the film's producer, but she was also the original co-writer of the TV pilot which was re-worked into this film. If the film receives any Oscar nods, it may help boosts the lackluster box office performance of this strongly R-rated auteur flick.
Next week: "The Other Side of Heaven" opens up all in theaters all over Utah.
Also coming: The premier of Peter Jackson's monumental "The Lord of the Rings." This is not a film by LDS filmmakers (interestingly enough, author J. R. R Tolkien was a devout and serious Catholic). But... what does the old BYU-produced Church video "The Emmett Smith Story" have to do with Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings"? The whole story, including comments from a rarely-seen Jackson interview -- next week.