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

Weekend of April 25, 2003

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Natl  Film Title                Weekend Gross
Rank  LDS/Mormon Filmmaker/Star   Total Gross Theaters Days
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22   The Core                          612,745  1,228    31
     Aaron Eckhart (lead actor)     30,108,032

23   Piglet's Big Movie                586,941    744    38
     Ken Sansom (3rd-billed actor)  22,032,694

53   Final Destination 2                45,316     60    87
     A.J. Cook (2nd-billed actor)   46,752,141

61   Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure   28,400      9   808
     Scott Swofford (producer)      14,520,516
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)
     Sam Cardon (composer)
     Stephen L. Johnson (editor)

70   The R.M.                           18,918     17    87
     Kurt Hale (writer/director)       908,032
     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.

77   The Cremaster Cycle                 11,047      1     3
     Mathew Barney                      11,047

89   Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man    5,733      3  1087
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)   15,173,449

93   Galapagos                           3,866      6  1277
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)   14,000,967

102  China: The Panda Adventure          1,775      2   640
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)    3,015,219

106  Jack Weyland's Charly               1,306      2   213
     Adam Anderegg (director)          811,741
     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.

WADSWORTH'S NEWEST NOVEL - LDS author Amy Maida Wadsworth's new LDS-themed drama/suspense novel "Shadow of Doubt" will be on the shelves at bookstores by early June. See Baggaley has read an early version of the novel - it's quite good - and we're wondering who will win the scramble to get the movie rights. (Better get your bids in early. A movie based on this could be better than "Lawrence of Arabia.")

CREMASTER 3, which is the fifth film in the "Cremaster Cycle" and was written and directed by Mormon artist/filmmaker Matthew Barney, premiered in one theater and took in $11,047 in ticket sales over the weekend. This put it in the #2 spot nationwide for per-theater ticket sales, second only the the Oscar-nominated documentary "Winged Migration" (in 2 theaters). Barney, who is not a churchgoing Latter-day Saint, is also known for being the father of Bjork's child. His five "Cremaster" art films incorporate a number of Latter-day Saint and Utah characters and visual motifs, derived from his ethnic background.

CARMEN OUT OF AMERICAN IDOL - Carmen, well... That's it. Carmen made it to the last six (out of over 50,000 who originally tried out) in the American Idol competition. But when the votes were revealed for last week's show, Carmen was the bottom vote-getter. "American Idol" is the #1 top rated show in the U.S.

THE R.M. PASSES BRIGHAM CITY - This last weekend's box office receipts brought the total box office gross for "The R.M." to over $908,000. "The R.M." is now the 4th highest grossing LDS Cinema film. "The R.M." would need to earn another $342,766 in box office receipts for it to jump from 4th to 3rd place, past "The Singles Ward."

1. The Other Side of Heaven  4,720,112
2. God's Army                2,628,829
3. The Singles Ward          1,250,798
4. The R.M.                    908,032
5. Brigham City                905,073
6. Jack Weyland's Charly       811,741
7. Handcart                     98,666

FILMING ON GARY ROGERS BOOK OF MORMON MOVIE COMPLETE - Principle photography is complete on Gary Rogers' feature film based on 1st and 2nd Nephi from the Book of Mormon. An extensive update to the official website's feedback page has been posted at: Rogers writes on the page: "We have just completed shooting The... Movie..." Other details learned from the page: The current plans are for the movie to be dubbed into Spanish and Portuguese. "Volume 2" -- the next movie -- is planned to begin at a point in the Book of Mormon 250 years after the close of volume 1. Each movie will be self-contained. No actors will be carried over between movies. "The movie is being shot and edited in the new High Definition 24p format. The master will then be transferred to 35 mm film for release in theaters." Rogers says that the result is indistinguishable on the big screen from a movie shot on 35 mm film.

"THE SINGLES WARD" TO AIR ON KJZZ TV IN UTAH - Enlightenment comes to the masses. KJZZ will air "The Singles Ward" on Monday, May 5 at 8 pm, Saturday, May 10 at 10:30 pm, and, Sunday, May 18 at 6 pm. Although "Brigham City" has aired on a number of international television stations, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first time an LDS-themed feature film that was released in the theaters has subsequently aired on a local Utah television station.

TWO MOYER FILMS IN THE WORKS - From the official website of John E. Moyer, the LDS screenwriter of "The R.M." and "The Singles Ward" (See "John's latest script The Home Teachers will begin filming this June!" Also: "Sidon Entertainment is currently raising funds to produce another of John's scripts, Redeeming LA, written pre-Singles Ward. This is not a Mormon movie, but a cross over piece. The goal is for a early fall production with John attached to direct. Finally! Know anybody with a lot of money? Hook us up!"

THE R.M. AT THUNDERBIRD - "The R.M." will compete at the Thunderbird International Film Festival in Cedar City June 5-8. For more information, see

TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL ARTICLE - Excellent, detailed article about the end of the successful "Touched by an Angel" TV series, which was filmed in Utah: See,1249,485032711,00.html?

NEW KIETH MERRILL ARTICLE - "Movies that Make a Difference" by Kieth Merrill at Meridian Magazine: See

Salt Lake Tribune:
Meridian Magazine: http://ww=
Hale Centre Obituary:

BYU ANIMATION STUDENTS TAKE ON PET PROJECT - See the article at for more information.

LINO BROCKA REMEMBERED - The late Filipino Latter-day Saint filmmaker Lino Brocka is remembered in a current article in Arab News, the Middle East's largest English language newspaper:

CAST AND CREW WITH KNOWLEDGE OF ASL NEEDED - Looking for Cast and Crew who know ASL (American Sign language). Please contact Dawn at

SOFIA VASSILIEVA (A RESIDENT OF SANDY, UTAH) TO STAR WITH JULIE ANDREWS IN 2 TV MOVIES - See,1249,480038038,00.html for more information.

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"R.M." OPENS IN KENNEWICK, WA - "The R.M." opened Tri-Cities area this weekend at the Regal Columbia Center 8. Other theaters where "The R.M." is currently playing:

ANCHORAGE, AK - Regal Fireweed 7
GILBERT, AZ - Wallace Gilbert Stadium 14
BAKERSFIELD, CA - UA East Hills Mall 10
HONOLULU, HI - Wallace Restuarant Row 9
LAIE, HI - Wallace Laie Cinemas
BOISE, ID - Reel Town Square
IDAHO FALLS, ID - Paramount Tri-Plex
POCATELLO, ID - Reel Theatre
REXBURG, ID - Paramount Twin
EUGENE, OR - Regal Cinema World 8
LAYTON, UT - Cinemark Tinseltown USA
LOGAN, UT - Walker Cinefour
PROVO, UT - Carmike Wynnsong 12
ST GEORGE, UT - Westates Movies 3
WEST JORDAN, UT - Cinemark 24
PUYALLUP, WA - Regal Puyallup Cinemas
SPOKANE, WA - Regal Newport Road 8 
The film will also soon be playing in Show Low and Safford, AZ.