Natl Film Title Weekend Gross Rank LDS/Mormon Filmmaker/Star Total Gross Theaters Days --- ----------------------------- ----------- ----- ---- 5 We Were Soldiers 8,488,331 3,143 17 Keri Russell (actress) 53,326,665 32 Ocean's Eleven $267,623 311 101 LDS characters: Malloy twins 182,337,490 37 Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure 196,251 23 402 Scott Swofford (producer) 8,906,017 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) Sam Cardon (composer) Stephen L. Johnson (film editor) 48 The Other Side of Heaven 60,088 34 94 Mitch Davis (writer/director) 1,784,587 John H. Groberg (author/character) Gerald Molen, John Garbett (producers) Steven Ramirez (film editor) 52 Mulholland Drive 35,095 30 161 Joyce Eliason (producer/writer) 7,077,663 53 The Singles Ward 31,958 12 45 Kurt Hale (writer/director) 343,083 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. 54 Behind Enemy Lines 30,657 72 108 David Veloz (screenwriter) 58,821,129 84 Galapagos 5,604 3 871 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 12,401,869 92 China: The Panda Adventure 4,557 5 234 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 2,003,812 98 Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man 3,459 2 682 Reed Smoot (cinematographer) 13,119,264 107 Mark Twain's America 3D 2,674 1 1354 Alan Williams (composer) 2,173,898 119 Island of the Sharks 1,296 2 1053 Alan Williams (composer) 10,654,745
HEAVEN OPENS WIDE: Excel Entertainment, the distributors of "The Other Side of Heaven," made headlines by announcing that Mitch Davis' movie about Elder John H. Groberg's mission to Tonga would open nationwide on April 12th, 2002. This marks the first time that an LDS-themed movie made by Latter-day Saints will be in wide release. Dutcher's "God's Army" and "Brigham City" (also distributed by Excel) were given a platform release -- only playing in select regions on a limited number of screens at any one time.
The highest number of theaters showing "God's Army" concurrently was 49. For "Brigham City", the number was 51. So far, the highest number of theaters showing "The Other Side of Heaven" has been 43. But with a nationwide release, the figure could easily be in the hundreds. If the movie does even moderately well in wide release, it could easily earn more than $1 million in additional ticket sales, in addition to its $1.74 million so far. This would put it ahead of the $2.6 million total box office revenue earned by "God's Army." The budget for "God's Army" was $300,000; the budget for "Heaven" was $7 million. So unless "Heaven" far exceeds expectations, "God's Army" will still remain the ROI (return on investment) champ.
In other "Other Side of Heaven" news, a half-hour special about the making of the movie, featuring interviews with the stars and filmmakers and behind-the-scenes footage, aired on KBYU this week. Let's hope they include this on the DVD.
FINAL CUT FILM FESTIVAL AT BYU: The annual student film festival was held March 12 - 16 at Brigham Young University. The awards went to:
Best Art Direction
Andrew Black and Anne Black for Avernus
Best Supporting Actor
Hubbel Palmer for Logjammin'
Blair Larsen for Free
Best Supporting Actress
Allyson Everitt in Avernus
Best Original Score
James Stevens for Me Nsu Bio
Maria Perez for Roots and Wings
Jessica Mockett for Barren Earth
Alexander Vance for Avernus
German Contreras for Roots and Wings
Best Cinematography in a body of work
Andrew Black for Avernus
No Other Solution, Jason Faller and Susan Teh
Signal Strength, Travis Deming and Randall Day
Me Nsu Bio, Christopher Rawson and Tressa Lynn Halcrow
Barren Earth, Bryan Lefler and Tawnya Cazier
Final Cut 2002 trailer, Andrew Black, Jason Faller, Travis Cline, Kynan Griffin, Alexander Vance
Roots and Wings, Christian Vuissa and Maria Perez
SATURN AWARD NOMINATIONS: Saturn award nominations were announced this week, honoring the year's top achievements in genre television and film. "Joy Ride" (starring Mormon actor Paul Walker), and "Mulholland Drive" (co-written and co-produced by Joyce Eliason), were both nominated for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film. ("Mulholland Drive" also picked up nominations in the Best Actress category for Naomi Watts, Best Director category for David Lynch, Best Music and Best DVD Special Edition Release.) "Shrek" (originally produced by John Garbett, the Latter-day Saint producer of "The Other Side of Heaven") was nominated for Best Fantasy Film. ("Shrek" also received nominations for Best Supporting Actor for Eddie Murphy, and Best Music.) "Jack and the Beanstalk - The Real Story", which starred Mormon actor Matthew Modine as "Jack," was nominated for Best Single Television Presentation. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was nominated for Best DVD Classic Film Release. ("Snow White" stars Mormon actor Moroni Olsen as the voice of the Magic Mirror and features an Academy Award-nominated musical score by Mormon composer Leigh Harline).
NELEH WATCH: The 3rd episode of "Survivor: Marquesas" did not feature Layton, Utah resident Neleh Dennis as prominently as last week's unforgettable fish-fest. But Neleh's team "Rotu" won both its challenges this week, making its total challenge record 5 wins, and zero losses. Host Jeff Probst informed Maraamu that it had the biggest losing streak in "Survivor" history. Maybe it has something to do with all the infighting and back-stabbing going on in the Maraamu camp, while the Rotu atmosphere is as harmonious as a seminary video.