a pro script reader ponders movies, reading, writing and the occasional personal flashback

Friday, October 31, 2008

Weekend Box Office #108

Let's just jump right in:

ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO (2735 theaters). This is the first movie that has sparked my interest in a while, just because I like funny R-rated movies and the cast is solid. I think it'll do well; call it $18.8 million opening weekend.

THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY (2652 theaters). I have no idea why they are opening this movie so wide, because I have no idea why anyone would drop $10-plus to see it in a theater. There are no name actors, the title sounds like a dull basic cable movie, and it's a horror-thriller rated PG-13. They are advertising it a lot; I don't think it'll help much. $4.4 million for the weekend.

CHANGELING (1850 theaters, expanding from 15). It definitely has a pedigree, but reviews have been very mixed, and apparently it just ultimately isn't all that great. It'll probably do about $8.2 million for the weekend, then drop like a rock.

ROCKNROLLA (826 theaters, up from 19). Just not enough of a hook to draw more than core fans of Guy Ritchie's earlier, similar movies. $1.5 million.


My writing continues solidly. Today will be day 11 of writing at least an hour.

I am dealing with the weird moral conundrum of writing a violent movie (albeit one with a solid story and characters) that I wouldn't actually want members of my family to see.

My wife says that if this is ever made, she's just going to tell her mother that I edited it.

Oh well. I'm just going to write the hell out of it, and let the chips fall where they may.


At 6:59 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Loved Haley Bennett in "Music and Lyrics" wish she was doing more fare of that ilk, rather than staring in "The Haunting of Molly Hartley." Ditto that for Elizabeth Banks.

Supriced to hear your wife's reaction, as if memory serves me right she was helping you brainstorm you story's plot, right? Oh well, at least she'll let you read her the whole story. That's further than I got with my mom. When I read, "An American Princess" to her she only let me get to the ACT I breakpoint at which time she made me stop readding. (Reminder: you, Scott, gave me coverage on last story last summer)

Wish you all the best in world, Scott. Glad to hear you're committed to FINISHING this story. Rock on!

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake,WA

At 5:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

EC = Norman Bates

At 6:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 6:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've put the first 10 pages of my first screenplay on my site. I'm looking for feedback if anyone has time:

At 8:01 AM, Blogger 2nd2Nun said...

Have you ever offended someone with something you wrote? I'm working on something right now that I'm not sure I want a couple people close in my life to read. :)


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