Sunday, July 6th, 2008
Bad reviews, stiff competition no prob for Will, once more he is the fireworks for Independence Day holiday box office
By Keith Williams
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today)
The competition proved strong, the film was weighted down with largely negative reviews and the fact that the film’s tone and narrative is muddled and not that much fun.
But Will Smith, Mr. Fourth of July (“Independence Day,” “Men in Black”) came through in spite of all.
Last week’s champion “Wall-E” took an estimated $54M over the same period, $128M total so far, while “Wanted” proved less than so with $30.7, though $93 mil since opening is still a lot more than anyone ever anticipated.
Faves “Kung Fu Panda” raked in another $10.7 mill over five days, “Get Smart” $14.9, “The Incredible Hulk” $6M, and “Indiana Jones 4” found El Dorado agin, with another $6M to cross the $300 mil mark domestic. .
Opening wide, “Kit Kittredge” failed to draw in the fans with a sad $3.5 mil,” according to analyst Steve Mason, “The Love Guru” sank lower still to $2.2,while “The Happening” just didn’t this week.
WEEKEND TOP 5 STUDIO ESTIMATES,
Rank. Movie Title (Distributor)Weekend Gross Theaters Total Gross Week #
1. Hancock (Sony / Columbia)$66.0 million 3,965 $107.3 million 1
2. Wall-E (Buena Vista)$33.4 million 3,992 $128.1 million 2
3. Wanted (Universal)$20.6 million 3,185 $90.8 million 2
4. Get Smart (Warner Bros.)$11.1 million 3,574 $98.1 million 3
5. Kung Fu Panda (Paramount (DreamWorks))$7.5 million 3,347 $193.4 million 5
Photo: Will Smith and Charlize Theron by Emily Smith at “Hancock” premiere
Next Wednesday we will know if AFTRA officially approves tentative deal with the AMPTP
By Brian Frederick
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today)
The AMPTP, SAG, and AFTRA are in a threesome of waiting on one for the other to decide their economic futures.
A SAG and AFTRA joint strike union as one party against the AMPTP could make the $2.5 billion writer’s strike of 2007/2008 look like a bankrupt neighborhood lemonade stand.
In a show of defiance by each party, SAG and AFTRA have enlisted big name actors to speak for them publically.
Before next Tuesday’s AFTRA ratification vote, last minute separate appeals were voiced by all three parties concerning their own cause for or against the AFTRA agreement.
“AFTRA’s deal not only falls short of fair compensation and protection for actors but just as significantly reflects corporate appeasement that will have an irreversible negative affect on the integrity of the show and the films we perform in.
AFTRA: American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Sally Field lent her face with a hand full of others, including Morgan Fairchild to vote “yes” for the agreement.
AMPTP: Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers
“Our industry is now in a de facto strike, with film production virtually shut down and television production now seriously threatened.
Photo: Nick Counter III
Some basics of the AMPTP agreement offered to SAG are as follows:
Increase minimums by 10% over the course of the contract, 3.5%, 3%, and 3.5%.
Increase network primetime rerun ceiling by 2.5% in the first and third years of the contract.
Pension and Health:
Increase contribution by 0.5% in the second year of the contract; bring SAG’s pension and health rate up to 15%. The highest Guild rate in the industry.
Establish residuals for streaming television and programs.
Establish jurisdiction and residuals for derivative and original made for New Media programs.
Doubling of residual rate for permanent downloads.
Preserve performer’s consent over non-promotional uses of clips in New Media.
Broad definition of “covered performers,” in low budget New Media productions.
Full access to Companies’ un-redacted New Media deal memos.
Sunset clause to protect both sides in future negotiations.
Mark your calendars, AFTRA’s ballots must be mailed and are due by the close of business next Tuesday July 8th.
Posted Jul 6th 2008 2:35PM
Pamela Anderson called Jessica Simpson a what?
Posted Jul 6th 2008 10:45AM
Dennis Rodman has had great success with women --
As rumors of a possible divorce from Guy Ritchie and an inappropriate relationship with New York Yankess star player Alex Rodriguez continue to swirl, Madonna has just released a new statement (in her own words) on Sunday.
The Material Mom's publicist, Liz Rosenberg, spoke last week about all the chatter, and now it's M's turn.
Says her Madgesty: