Archive for January 2010

Monday Box Office Analysis

January 26, 2010

1 Avatar Fox
$36,000,000
$552,797,000

2 Legion (2010) SGem
$18,200,000
$18,200,000

3 The Book of Eli WB
$17,000,000
$62,003,000

4 The Tooth Fairy Fox
$14,500,000
$14,500,000

5 The Lovely Bones P/DW
$8,800,000
$31,624,000

6 Sherlock Holmes WB
$7,115,000
$191,564,000

7 Extraordinary Measures CBS
$7,000,000

8 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Fox
$6,500,000
$204,237,000

9 It’s Complicated Uni.
$6,190,000
$98,650,000

10 The Spy Next Door LGF
$4,750,000
$18,710,000

Avatar continues to kick serious ass at the box office. Did anyone else see James Cameron being interviewed at the Producers Guild Awards on Sunday night? He claimed that he thought the Titanic craze was a once in a lifetime experience and is shocked that it happened again. He’s not a very good liar. I guarantee he expected exactly this reaction to Avatar, and, while happy, is not exactly surprised.

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Link of the Day: Screenwriting Tips…You Hack

January 5, 2010

Check out this site for your daily dose of screenwriting wisdom, written by a guy who has clearly read thousands of scripts and, judging from the snarky tone, is hurting a little bit from it. A few sample pieces of advice:

You (usually) only have one protagonist. Better work out who it is before you start.

It pays to do some kind of research into mental illnesses before you decide to give your main character one.

His blunt attitude might come across as unnecessarily cynical, even rude, but it’s actually par for the course for anyone who reads scripts for a living. Running across the same fundamental weaknesses or avoidable slip-ups in a script can really wear a reader down.

Still, I’m of the opinion that it pays to be supportive and constructive when it comes to giving a writer advice, and suspect that this site might be more about sharing in-jokes with fellow script readers than it is about advising writers.

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