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

Weekend of July 25, 2003

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Natl  Film Title                Weekend Gross
Rank  LDS/Mormon Filmmaker/Star   Total Gross Theaters Days
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21   2 Fast 2 Furious                  368,715    380    52
     Paul Walker (lead actor)      124,813,080

38   Wrong Turn                         92,993     95    59
     Eliza Dushku (lead actor)      15,044,311

64   Cremaster Cycle                    13,437      4    94
     Mathew Barney                     388,951

68   Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man   12,447      4  1172
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)   15,419,738

72   Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure    6,897      9   899
     Scott Swofford (producer)      15,022,703
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)
     Sam Cardon (composer)
     Stephen L. Johnson (editor)

78   China: The Panda Adventure          5,657      4   731
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)    3,288,057

103  Galapagos                             840      2  1368
     Reed Smoot (cinematographer)   14,044,855

FINAL DESTINATION 2 OUT ON VIDEO/DVD - "Final Destination 2," which features Latte-day Saint actress A.J. Cook in the second-billed role, has been released on video/DVD by New Line Cinema. While it was in theaters, the film grossed $46,752,141 at the box office, making it Cook's biggest grossing movie so far. Yes, we know. As Jay Leno so aptly pointed out, how can there be a Final Destination 2? Doesn't that mean the first one was final? Cook recently began co-starring as "Lindsay" on the TV series "Tru Calling," which premieres on FOX in 2003. The cast of "Tru Calling" is headed up by another Mormon actress, Eliza Dushku.

OFFICIAL WORK AND THE STORY RELEASE DATE - "The Work and the Story," directed by Nathan Smith Jones, will officially be released on August 29th in Salt Lake City, Provo and possibly Logan, Utah. It is being distributed by Off-Hollywood Distribution. Coincidentally, this is the same date that "The Legend of Johnny Lingo" is being released.

"The Work and the Story" stars Kirby Heyborne, Richard Dutcher, Richard Moll - "Bull" from "Nightcourt", Jennifer Hoskins, Eric Artell and Nathan Smith Jones. Jones is NOT playing himself in this movie!

SEEN AT THE DAYS OF '47 PARADE - Nathan Smith Jones and Dan Merkley were recently seen at the Days of '47 parade near the corner of 4th South and State Street. They were marching around trying to recruit people to help them find Richard Dutcher, who they claimed is missing, and in the process save Mormon Cinema. While we think these efforts are admirable, it did not seem that many of the parade watchers were eager to give up their prime parade-watching locations to help with the search. Regardless, our understanding is that those who are interested in helping can visit or you can attend one of several meetings which are scheduled (ironically) at movie theaters in Salt Lake, Provo and possibly Logan beginning August 29th.

RM GROSS: The box office gross for HaleStorm entertainment's movie "The R.M." is expected to climb as summer ends and the film moves into California and other parts of Arizona.

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The R.M. Returns to Mesa, AZ at the Super Saver Superstition Springs!

Showtimes: 1:30 4:10 7:00 9:20

The R.M. is also playing at these great theaters!
PROVO, UT: Cinemark Movies 8: 11:30 2:10 4:40 7:10 9:40 Fri/Sat 12:00 a.m.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT: Showcase 6: 1:00 3:10 5:15 7:45 10:15
SANDY, UT: Cinemark Sandy Movies 9: 11:45 2:10 4:40 7:05 9:30

Keep checking our theater listings page for current updates. You can also request a theater by going to

Filming for The Home Teachers is underway, and Carole Mikita of KSL-TV in Salt Lake City came and visited us on the set!

We're still celebrating Christmas in July with A Very Singles Christmas, a new collection of your favorite LDS Christmas songs spiced with Singles Ward style!

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MARK POTTER, director of the low-budget Latter-day Saint-themed film "Suddenly Unexpected," has written a new essay titled "Opening an LDS Cinema Film," available at:

NYBO FEATURE NOW IN POST - Filmmaker Craig Nybo (based in Utah County) has completed principle photography on the feature-length horror movie he directed. The movie is now in post-production. Although filmed under the title "Haunted," Nybo says the movie will probably be called "Gabriella Sleeps." Nybo the director of such short films as "Practical Encounter Avoidance" (2001), "Team Rescue" (2001), "Malad for the Millenium" (1999), "Gravedigger" (1997) and "We Are The Rock (1995"). "Gabriella Sleeps" is his first feature film as director.

MORMON ACTOR PAPILIO STARS IN NEW IMAX FILM - Papilio memnon, whose common name is the "Great Mormon butterfly", is the star of the new 3-D Imax film "Bugs." See articles: and