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Epilogue ’08: Weekly releases by city

This is for the second part of the discussion (Cinephilia in your city), to get an idea of what is screened in the world at the moment. Releases in France are on Wednesdays, so you can go for the Friday 1/9/09 weekend. This week is more convenient to be able to get the B.O. numbers. You may post your list in this post or in a separate post as you wish.


Alexis Tioseco:
Metro Manila (The Philippines), all releases for the week of 1/14/09 - 1/20/09:

1. Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat (Wenn V. Deramas, Philippines)
2. Bedtime Stories (Adam Shankman, USA)
3. Bride Wars (Gary Winick, USA)
4. Changeling (Clint Eastwood, USA)
5. Desperadas 2 (Joel Lamangan, Philippines)
6. Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After (Tony Y. Reyes, Philippines)
7. Love Me Again (Land Down Under) (Rory B. Quintos, Philippines)
8. One Night Only (Jose Javier Reyes, Philippines)
9. Shake Rattle & Roll 10 (Mike Tuviera, Topel Lee, Philippines)
10. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher, USA)
11. The Haunting of Molly Hartley (Mickey Liddell, USA)
12. The Spirit (Frank Miller, USA)
13. Transporter 3 (Olivier Megaton, France)

(only 1-3 screens)

14. Baler (Mark Meily, Philippines)
15. Binyag (Mike Jacinto, Philippines)
16. No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers, USA)
17. The Day the Earth Stood Still (Scott Derrickson, USA)
18. Twilight (Catherine Hardwicke, USA)
19. IMAX: SEA Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure (Sean MacLeod Phillips, USA/Canada)
20. IMAX: Space Station 3D (Toni Myers, USA)

Notes :
- Wednesday is the day when new films are released)
- A good number of the plethora of local films in release are residue from the Metro Manila Film Festival, a yearly event taking place from December 25 - January 7 [or thereabouts] where only local commercial films [between 7-9] selected for the festival are screened. There is a complete blackout of foreign films during this period.


Nitesh Rohit:
Delhi (India).  Films that opened 1/9/09:

Kaash Mere Hote (Wish you were mine) (2009/B.H. Tharun Kumar/India) - Nationwide
Bad Luck Govind (2009/Varun Khanna./India) - Nationwide
The President is Coming (2009/Kunaal Roy Kapur/India) - Nationwide
Chandi Chowk to China (2008/Nikhil Advani/ India) - 5 DEL venue&key cities(paid preview)
RocknRolla (2008/Guy Ritchie/Uk) - 8 DEL venue& Key cities
The Accidental Husband (2008/Griffin Dune/US) - 11 DEL venue& Key cities
Outsourced (2006/John Jeffcoat/US) - 2 DEL venue & Key cities
In Bruges (2008/ Martin Mc Donagh/UK/US) - 3 DEL venue&Key cities
Ghajini (2008/ A R Murugadoss/India) - The movie continues to dominate screen all over India even in it's second week run.

- DEL = Delhi
- Releases
India: Openings 16 January
Chandi Chowk to China (Nikhil Advani, India) - Nationwide
Merry Christmas (Christian Carion French/German) - 1DEL venue.
- Events
Tri- Continental Film Festival: Documentaries (for issue of human rights)
PSBT film festival: Documentaries (On Migration)


Edwin Mak:
London (UK).  Films that opened weekend 1/9/09:

A Christmas Tale (Un Conte De Noel) (2008, Desplechin, France) 4 London venues & Key cities
Beverly Hills Chihuahua
(2008, Gosnell, USA) Nationwide
(2008, Muntean, Denmark) 1 LDN venue (Renoir) & Key cities
Chandni Chowk To China
(2009, Advani, USA) 1 LDN venue & Key cities
(2009, Thompson, UK) 3 LDN venues & Key cities
Hansel & Gretel
(2007, Yim, S.Korea) 1 LDN venue (The ICA) & Key cities
My Bloody Valentine 3-D
(2009, Lussier, USA) Nationwide
(Reissue) (1946, Hitchcock, USA) 1 LDN Venue (BFI Southbank) & Key cities
Seven Pounds
(2008, Muccino, USA) Nationwide
The Wrestler
(Aronofsky, 2008, USA) Nationwide


Paris (France).  Films that opened the week of Wed., 1/7/09 (First releases)

  1. De l'autre côté du lit (2008/Pouzadoux/France) 578 screens, 517,597 admissions
  2. Twilight (2008/Hardwicke/USA) 454 screens, 680,000+ admissions
  3. Che part 1 (2008/Soderberg/France/USA/Spain) 377 screens, 208,691 adm.
  4. Un barrage contre le pacifique (2007/Panh/Belgium/France) 115 screens, 69,299 adm.
  5. Frozen River (2008/Hunt/USA) 53 screens, 41,824 adm.
  6. Choron dernière (2008/Carles/Martin/France) DOC 32 screens
  7. Nuit de chien (2008/Schroeter/France/Germany/Portugal) 12 screens
  8. Mutum (2007/Kogut/Brazil/France) 10 screens
  9. The Rocker (2009/Cattaneo/USA) 10 screens
  10. Everything is fine (Tout est parfait) (2008/Fournier/Canada) 9 screens
  11. Espelho magico (2005/Oliveira/Portugal) 8 screens
  12. Import/Export (2007/Seidl/Austria) 8 screens
  13. La vrai vie est ailleurs (2006/Choffat/Switzerland) 3 screens
  14. De Unge Ar (2007/Thuesen/Denmark) 1 screen

- A blockbuster usually reaches over 1000 screens.
- Under 5 screens means limited release restricted to Paris most of the time.


Andrew Grant & Kevin Lee:
New York City (USA). Films that opened 1/16/09:

  1. Chandni Chowk to China (Nikhil Advani, India))
  2. Cherry Blossoms (Doris Dorrie, Germany)
  3. Hotel for Dogs (Thor Freudenthal, USA)
  4. My Bloody Valentine 3D (Patrick Lussier, USA)
  5. Notorious (George Tillman Jr., USA)
  6. Paul Blart: Mall Cop (Steve Carr, USA)


Kevin Lee:
Tokyo (Japan).
Rank, Title (Distributor, Country of Origin, # of screens)

  1. Che Part One: The Argentine - 284 screens

- Only one new release!

Taipei (Taiwan).

  1. Thick as Thieves, Taiwan
  2. Midnight Meat Train, USA
  3. Eden Lake, UK
  4. Dan Dao (Ballistic), Taiwan
  5. Chugyeogjia (The Chaser), South Korea

- Since Andrew is in New York and I've been in Taiwan and Japan this past week, here are the weekend numbers from those two countries.

<< Alexis A. Tioseco, R1 | HarryTuttle, R2 >>

This is a great round-up… Here is a little contribution from Turkey: Films that opened 1/9/09: 1. Vali (The Governor) (Cagatay Tosun, 2009, Turkey) 175 prints, 201,828 admissions 2. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Woody Allen, 2008, Spain/US) 37 prints, 59,771 admissions 3. The Unborn (David S. Goyer, 2009, US) 55 prints, 65,408 admissions 4. Space Chimps (Kirk De Micco, 2008, US) 59 prints, 11,200 admissions Ahmet Gurata
Thank you Ahmeyt, for the list and the box office numbers too. How was Vali? It tops 3 American films.
…and at such a margin too: more in admissions than the sum of 2nd, 3rd and 4th places.
Haven’t seen Vali yet, but as of Feb. 1 the film had 427,741 admission. It is adapted from a popular Turkish television series which was based on a real-life character: a governor who tried to ‘change’ things and died in a suspicious car accident. In 2008, top 10 films of the annual box office were all Turkish. Turkish films had more than 50 % of the market share. It seems like there is growing interest in local films, within the past few years. Not long ago (in 2002), Turkish films formed only 13 % of the total admissions.
That’s very interesting. How popular is Nuri Bilge Ceylan in Turkey? He’s one of my favourite filmmaker working today. I love his style and his sophisticated photography mastery. His latest films, Three Monkeys (mentioned earlier in this discussion) is a beauty.
So, here are some observations on art or ‘contemplative cinema’ cinema (thanks for the great Unspoken Cinema): Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s earlier films did not well at the box office. There were some comparisons between the Turkish and French revenues for Uzak (Distant). Only 20,000 tickets were sold when the film was released in Turkey. However, it did pretty well with the DVD sales: more than 100,000 copies were sold. Of course, one has to keep in mind the large ‘pirate’ market. The scene is quite similar to Manila, I think (May be I should write more about it later)… On the other hand, I guess Three Monkeys was the most accessible of the NBC’s films. Its total admissions was 125,628 in Turkish market. Which is quite a success for an art-house film in Turkey. I think the Cannes award had a role in this. If I may draw one last comparison, Semih Kaplanoglu’s Sut (Milk) (second title in his triology) was released early January. Although it was critically acclaimed, it had only 6,000 viewers.
I can’t find the numbers for Uzak in France, but I remember Ceylan saying in an interview that his films were more popular in France than in Turkey. It’s the problem of the artfilms niche. I loved Yumurta. So I’m looking forward to Sut (coming out at the end of April here).

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