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BOX OFFICE: ‘Act Of Valor’ #1 With $24.7M Weekend, ‘Good Deeds’ $16M, ‘Wanderlust’ And ‘Gone’ Bomb
Deadline Hollywood ^ | February 26,2012 | NIKKI FINKE

Posted on 02/26/2012 1:27:08 PM PST by Hojczyk

Relativity’s R-rated Act Of Valor has stayed No. 1 all weekend. It’s the the Bandito Brothers’ independently financed low-budget U.S. Navy fighting force tale using actual SEALs from an original screenplay by Kurt Johnstad (300). (FYI, there was a novelization of that script, “Tom Clancy Presents Act of Valor”, written by Dick Couch and George Galdorsi and released in paperback by Clancy’s publisher. Relativity acquired the rights to the project last June for $13 million and a $30 million in prints and advertising commitment - the biggest money paid for a finished film with an unknown cast at that time.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: actofvalor; boxoffice; hollywood; specialforces

1 posted on 02/26/2012 1:27:11 PM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

Excellent! Act of Valor deserves every penny it earned! I just saw the Artist with my wife. Great flix. We saw Good deeds too and Wanderlust. We were bored this weekend. All four have their moments. Anyway now if the Artist beats the Help tonight no big deal. Both deserve the Oscar!


2 posted on 02/26/2012 1:33:42 PM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Hojczyk

Great news for a super movie!


3 posted on 02/26/2012 1:36:53 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: napscoordinator

$43 million total film cost. This movie will be a big profit maker. Glad to see movies like this going well.


4 posted on 02/26/2012 1:44:44 PM PST by trailhkr1
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To: Hojczyk

Do the SEALs get a taste of that money?


5 posted on 02/26/2012 1:50:14 PM PST by eartrumpet
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To: Hojczyk

I saw the first showing on the first day and loved it. I did prefer Blackhawk Down, but this is certainly a movie freeps should see.

They shot almost all of it using the Canon 5D Mark II, and the Canon 7D —MANY ordinary people walking around own these cameras.

Going forward the cost of movie-making is going to dive for the deck.


6 posted on 02/26/2012 1:50:48 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Stillwaters

Way to go, America, for supporting and appreciating this film.


7 posted on 02/26/2012 1:55:24 PM PST by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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To: Hojczyk
Here's a grudgingly positive article from Box Office Mojo, about the appeal of Act of Valor.
8 posted on 02/26/2012 1:57:13 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: Hojczyk

Can anyone explain to me how the movie took in $9.1 mil on Friday and end up with only $24.7 mil for the 3 days. And how do they know at 2:00PM on Sunday what the total take is, I’m just asking?


9 posted on 02/26/2012 2:03:04 PM PST by Recon Dad (Gas & Petroleum Junkie)
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To: Recon Dad

As I heard in the past (When top movies had similar numbers) they know how to project Sunday Box Office and then final numbers come out Monday or Tuesday.


10 posted on 02/26/2012 2:11:45 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: Hojczyk
This movie's success has got to be killing the liberals.

I would imagine a plethora of Ebert imitators will unload their venom on this movie.


11 posted on 02/26/2012 2:18:05 PM PST by capt. norm (Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never run out of material. c)
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To: Hojczyk

Saw it at noon today. Excellent film, well produced and worth seeing again. I’ll definately buy this one when it comes out on DVD (to put with my other keepers: Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan, The Patriot, Braveheart...all good...)


12 posted on 02/26/2012 2:20:48 PM PST by Constitutional Patriot (Socialism is the cancer of humanity.)
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To: Hojczyk

“Wanderlust” looks like a lefty wet dream, I am glad it bombed


13 posted on 02/26/2012 2:26:58 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Hojczyk

That “Gone” looks awful even from the ads. That gal looks like she couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag.


14 posted on 02/26/2012 2:52:58 PM PST by jocon307
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To: eartrumpet; Travis McGee
Do the SEALs get a taste of that money?

Just saw the movie and it was fantastic.

As to your question, eartrumpet, I think I understand where you are coming from but I think (and I could be wrong) that you are being unnecessarily cynical. My guess is that no self-respecting SEAL team member is expecting any monetary reward from this movie, but probably appreciates the higher regard that the average person may hold for team members as a result of viewing it.

If that doesn't address your concern, I'm sure you could pass on the movie and make a donation to a needy family of a team member or to an appropriate charity.

15 posted on 02/26/2012 3:15:39 PM PST by Larry Lucido (My doctor told me to curtail my Walpoling activities.)
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To: SMGFan

Thank you!


16 posted on 02/26/2012 3:25:10 PM PST by Recon Dad (Gas & Petroleum Junkie)
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To: Larry Lucido

Well you read way too much into that, and all wrong. I hope the SEALs get some of the money because they have short careers without the best pay and it would be very nice to have a nest egg when they get out. They certainly earned it. And if others are getting rich off of them, they should be entitled to some of it since they are the stars and the reason for the movie.

Being held in high regard is a wonderful thing but it doesn’t keep diapers on the kids back home and make the car payment.


17 posted on 02/26/2012 3:58:06 PM PST by eartrumpet
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To: eartrumpet

Yes, I agree wholeheartedly. Not sure how you can compensate a active duty person though, outside of contributing to a charity set up to support families. All of us can do that, including those who make money from movies like this.

The producers, however rich they get, have done something that is immeasurably greater than a monetary contribution. I suspect they would also be inclined to help in other ways, too, but I didn’t leave the movie pondering that.

Maybe we’ll find out by other means.


18 posted on 02/26/2012 4:04:18 PM PST by Larry Lucido (My doctor told me to curtail my Walpoling activities.)
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To: eartrumpet

Do the SEALs get a taste of that money?

No. lol. Top Gun did not give any money to Pensacola Pilots. I think the SEALS will be satisfied that they are portrayed so honestly and great.


19 posted on 02/26/2012 4:43:44 PM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Hojczyk

Why does Jennifer Aniston still keep getting roles?


20 posted on 02/26/2012 5:01:35 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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To: Hojczyk

Saw this today with my son (10). The only thing that could have made this better would be an engagement with some random Somalians where those savages were stacked up like cordwood!

Hands Down, the best action AND Military movie of all times. I’ve got the day off tomorrow, and I’m going to see it again at least once... probably twice - and I’m paying for all the tickets.

Just awesome!


21 posted on 02/26/2012 6:08:18 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Hojczyk

Saw this today with my son (10). The only thing that could have made this better would be an engagement with some random Somalians where those savages were stacked up like cordwood!

Hands Down, the best action AND Military movie of all times. I’ve got the day off tomorrow, and I’m going to see it again at least once... probably twice - and I’m paying for all the tickets.

Just awesome!


22 posted on 02/26/2012 6:08:28 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: eartrumpet
I'm sure you could pass on the movie and make a donation to a needy family of a team member or to an appropriate charity.

Larry, both of your posts are very well thought out and stated, but your suggestion that we make a donation to a SEAL Charity is the best part of your posts. Although I'm a regular contributor to the USO, I'll break off something for the S/F guys, tip of the spear. Thanks for the suggestion!

23 posted on 02/26/2012 6:19:05 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: gaijin
"Going forward the cost of movie-making is going to dive for the deck."

IMHO, you're 100% correct. An even more important technological advance is the move to digital distribution and projection. According to an article on the subject, I saw somewhere it costs about $10 million, just to make the prints required to distribute a major feature film on film. (About 2,500 screens.) Because of that huge up-front cost (and the costs of film used during production); movie producers are motivated to try to mitigate the risks.

One of the ways they try to do that is by hiring "A" list actors, with 'proven' box-office appeal. There goes another $20 million, or so. To help mitigate this snowballing risk; they spend a few tens of millions more on publicity and marketing.

With lower costs of production (and post-production) due to digital cameras, etc.; combined with much lower costs of distribution -- producers will have less motivation to spend tens of millions of dollars on "A" listers. They could take chances on promising (and low cost) nobodies. In turn, all these lower costs would mean the publicity budget could be slashed.

The upshot is that we should be seeing more 'independent' movies & that the "A" listers will be paid less. A lot less. I for one can't wait. If every champaign-socialist on the "A" list had to go back to waiting tables between gigs, the world would be a better place.
24 posted on 02/26/2012 7:59:47 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Hojczyk

BTTT


25 posted on 02/27/2012 10:00:47 AM PST by Chgogal (WSJ, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. Thank you.)
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