From my limited POV of the movie business, I can verify this: there don't seem to be many scripts circulating at all.
Because I work for a bunch of clients, mostly production companies and some small studios, and no one has anything for me to read.
It is the holiday time, when things are usually slow; every year, December is (by far) the slowest month for me.
But still, business is deader than dead out there.
It's not a big deal, yet, because I'm heading to New York with the wife tomorrow to visit my parents for the holidays.
And hopefully when I come back late Monday, it will be to some good strike news. We can dream.
Meanwhile, my $60 notes offer is still very open. Get those scripts done and take advantage of me while you can.
Otherwise, I took a revamped first act of my new script (the one I'm co-writing) into my group one night, and they still tore it apart, though I think it helped me learn some things about it. Mostly that we still haven't quite figured out the tone yet.
Tentpole film in 2010, though.
For once, my weekend estimates were pretty close. BEOWULF made $27.5 million. MR. MAGORIUM made $9.6 million.
LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA flopped, though, with only $1.9 million from over 800 screens. You'd think they'd know that basing a movie on a beloved book is only going to work if the movie is actually good.
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN made a very solid $3 million from only 148 screens, an average of over $20,000 per screen. MARGOT AT THE WEDDING pulled in $80,000 from only 2 screens.
The new Brian DePalma film REDACTED tanked with only $25,000 from 15 screens.