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
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: http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,480033885,00.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: http://newsnet.byu.edu/story.cfm/43580
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.