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

Weekend of April 4, 2003

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Natl  Film Title                Weekend Gross
Rank  LDS/Mormon Filmmaker/Star   Total Gross Theaters Days
---  ----------------------------- -----------  -----  ----
 6   The Core                        6,181,635  3,019    10
     Aaron Eckhart (lead actor)     20,802,701

10   Piglet's Big Movie              2,802,493  2,021    17
     Ken Sansom (3rd-billed actor)  12,730,591

44   Final Destination 2                89,810    133    66
     A.J. Cook (2nd-billed actor)   46,455,802

63   Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure   30,196     10   787
     Scott Swofford (producer)      14,384,643
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)
     Sam Cardon (composer)
     Stephen L. Johnson (editor)

67   The R.M.                           21,626     19    66
     Kurt Hale (writer/director)       755,561
     John E. Moyer (writer)
     Dave Hunter (producer)
     Cody Hale (composer)
     Ryan Little (cinematographer)
     Actors: Kirby Heyborne, Will Swenson,
        Britani Bateman, Tracy Ann Evans
        Merrill Dodge, Michael Birkeland,
        Maren Ord, Leroy Te'o, Curt Dousett
        Wally Joyner, etc.

83   Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man    8,832      3  1067
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)   15,131,504

97   Galapagos                           2,910      3  1256
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)   13,982,332

98   Jack Weyland's Charly               2,322      6   192
     Adam Anderegg (director)          798,957
     Jack Weyland (book author)
     Janine Gilbert (screenwriter)
     Lance Williams (producer)
     Micah Merrill (producer, film editor)
     Tip Boxell (co-producer)
     Bengt Jan Jonsson (cinematographer)
     Aaron Merrill (composer)
     Actors: Heather Beers, Jeremy Elliott,
        Adam Johnson, Jackie Winterrose Fullmer,
        Diana Dunkley, Gary Neilson, Lisa McCammon,
        Randy King, Bernie Diamond, etc.

105  Ziggy Stardust & Spiders from Mars    460      2   271
     Mick Ronson (2nd billed actor)    161,634

108  China: The Panda Adventure            390      1   619
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)    3,006,415

110  Handcart                              253      1   178
     Kels Goodman (director/DP)         93,632
     David Greenslaw Sapp (producer)
     Mark von Bowers (screenwriter)
     Eric M. Hanson (composer)
     Actor: Jaelan Petrie, Stephanie Albach
        Chris Kendrick, Shannon Skinner,
        Gretchen Condie

LAST CHANCE TO SEE HANDCART IN THEATERS - "Handcart" played in Utah last weekend, although this Conference weekend was not a big number weekend for the pioneer-themed film. The box office total for "Handcart" now stands at $93,632. This coming weekend, "Handcart" will open in Las Vegas and Afton, Wyoming as well as still be in Orem Utah at the Scera Theater. Then it will end the theatrical distribution. So you'll have to take advantage of these opportunities if you want to see it on the big screen. Presale on the Handcart Special Edition 2-disk set will be in May.

ELIZABETH SMART MOVIE, BOOK DEALS BEING HANDLED BY CRABB - Los Angeles-based media attorney Kelly Crabb has been selected to handle the "official" movie and book about the Elizabeth Smart abduction. This bodes well for the possibility of somebody who actually knows what they're doing getting a chance to work on the movie, as Kelly Crabb is a Latter-day Saint, he has significant film experience, and in most of his film projects he worked extensively with Latter-day Saint filmmakers. Crabb received bachelor's and master's degrees at Brigham Young University (BYU). He was the writer and composer of the TV movie "All My Friends Are Cowboys" (1998), and was the associate producer of Latter-day Saint movie actor Paul Tuerpe's directorial debut "View from the Swing" (2000), which was produced by Academy Award-winner Jerry Molen. Crabb was included in the "personal thanks to the following for their contribution to the making of this movie" section of the closing credits of the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002), presumably because he was an investor. An detailed article in the Deseret News describes how the Smart family is planning to make decisions soon regarding who will make the book and movie adaptations of kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart's experiences:,1249,480033885,00.html?

INSIDE THE LDS MOVIE STUDIO - Take an interesting trip inside the normally secretive LDS Motion Picture Studio in this article by Marie Davies: at:

JOHNNY LINGO AND CIPHER DVDS: Covenant Communications released two compilation DVDs featuring LDS Film Classics -- short films made at Brigham Young University during the 1960s and 1970s and shown to generations of Latter-day Saint seminary and Sunday school students. Covenant released the two discs on March 1, hoping to sell 4,000 copies during the year. Within the first month of the release of the DVDs, they have already sold 8,000 copies.