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Posted: 5/28/2001 6:11:38 AM EDT
LA Times http://www.latimes.com/wires/20010528/tCB00V8749.html Monday, May 28, 2001 'Pearl Harbor' Short of Records AP Movie Writer LOS ANGELES--"Pearl Harbor" opened big, but it will not break box-office records. The World War II epic took in $39.7 million in its first two days, according to figures provided Sunday by Disney, whose Touchstone Pictures released the movie. "They're phenomenal numbers for me. It's the biggest opening I've ever had," said producer Jerry Bruckheimer, whose other credits include "Armageddon" and "Gone in 60 Seconds." Disney would not estimate how much "Pearl Harbor" would gross for the full Memorial Day weekend, but based on its first two days, box office analysts predicted it would pull in at least $75 million by Monday. That would make it the second-biggest Memorial Day debut ever, behind $90.2 million for "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" in 1997. "The Mummy Returns" had a stronger debut than "Pearl Harbor," grossing $68.1 million in just three days when it opened in early May. "The Mummy Returns" took in an estimated $15 million from Friday to Sunday, pushing its total to $162.8 million. The animated "Shrek" had a terrific second weekend, taking in an estimated $42.6 million. By Monday, the film will become DreamWorks' highest-grossing animated movie ever, passing the $106.7 million total for "Chicken Run," said Jim Tharp, the studio's head of distribution. With the hype leading up to "Pearl Harbor," entertainment reporters had speculated the movie could break "The Lost World" record or even top $100 million for the weekend. "That didn't come from us," said Chuck Viane, Disney's head of distribution. "For those who bandied those numbers around, they didn't put the math to it for how long a film it is." At just over three hours, "Pearl Harbor" can run three or at most four times a day. At a bit more than two hours each, theaters could run "The Lost World" or "The Mummy Returns" four times or more each day. "Considering its running time, I think it's a terrific opening," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc., which tracks the box office. "No other three-hour movie has done this well its opening weekend." "Titanic," which ran a bit more than three hours, grossed an unremarkable $28.6 million its first weekend but held on for months to hit $600 million domestically and $1.8 billion worldwide. That film benefitted from Leonardo DiCaprio's heartthrob status, which prompted many teen-age girls to see "Titanic" again and again. "Pearl Harbor" has much the same formula as "Titanic." Both movies dress up universally known historical events with weepy, fictional love stories.
Link Posted: 5/28/2001 6:12:25 AM EDT
They got my money. I even liked it.
Link Posted: 5/28/2001 6:13:29 AM EDT
The romantic triangle in "Pearl Harbor," which stars Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale and Josh Hartnett, could result in solid repeat business, said Mitchell Rubenstein, co-chairman of MovieTickets.com, an Internet ticket service. Rubenstein said he caught "Pearl Harbor" over the weekend and teen-age girls acted favorably to the movie. "In between the tears, they said they were going to see it again as soon as they could," Rubenstein said. "It was the same reaction as 'Titanic' because of the love story and the young stars." Critics generally slammed "Pearl Harbor," calling the love story flat and the characters dull. But the film had broad appeal, drawing the date crowd with romance, older audiences for the historical aspects and action-oriented male viewers for the film's explosive attack sequence. MovieTickets.com sold 100,000 advance tickets to "Pearl Harbor," double the number for the company's previous best seller, "The Mummy Returns." Bruckheimer shrugged off the bad reviews, saying his films rarely appeal to critics. "We make movies for the people. That's my career," Bruckheimer said. "You're always looking for accolades for what you do, but you can't cry over spilled milk. What you really hope for is that people show up." Copyright 2001 Los Angeles Times
Link Posted: 5/28/2001 6:16:02 AM EDT
Los Angeles Times sux[:)]
Link Posted: 5/28/2001 6:17:52 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/28/2001 6:41:11 AM EDT
I thought it was a great movie (maybe it's the squid in me) [:/]
Link Posted: 5/28/2001 6:44:37 AM EDT
Even though I haven't seen the movie, all of the news channels were hyping this "lousy" movie. They keep on playing the same studio released movie trailers, over-and-over again. I am just personally wondering what's up?
Link Posted: 5/28/2001 7:34:14 AM EDT
I saw Pearl Harbor last night. I thought is was pretty well done. I could have done without the love story, but it wasn't as sappy as Titanc (and they got the history a lot closer too, but that is another story), it really didn't take much away from the film IMHO. The attack scene was nothing short of spectacular and was a little over-whelming in parts (the sounds of the shells passing by were VERY realistic). I felt the events were fairly accuritely portraied, there were some details I wasn't too sure about, but nothing major. All in all, I think it is worth seeing....
Link Posted: 5/28/2001 10:06:57 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 5/28/2001 9:13:18 PM EDT
I just could not bring myself to go is this film. I was going to, but when I heard the movie was going to get a different ending as not to offend the Japanese and German people I said they are not going to get my money!!!
Link Posted: 5/28/2001 9:31:09 PM EDT
I saw it. It was pretty good, but too long. Give me 25 minutes, a pair of scissors, and the film and I will make it better. Roger Ebert said it was a 2 hour movie crammed into 3.
Link Posted: 5/29/2001 4:18:16 AM EDT
I'll wait till video. Alice Baldwin and Ben Asslick wont get a penny from me.
Link Posted: 5/29/2001 5:16:04 AM EDT
P-39's? the movie had P-40's. The zero wouldn't let anything shoot it, it would fall apart. THey said in the movie a P-40 couldn't outrun a Zero, I think it would, it couldn't manuever with Zero's tho. How does waiting until it is released on video keep them from making money off the video tape sale/rental? I was suprised that they had newsreel film of Hitler in the film. A little revisionist yes, would like to know what they'll cut out. Maybe FDR's speech after Pearl HArbor??
Link Posted: 5/29/2001 6:48:27 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/29/2001 4:11:59 PM EDT
Zero A6M2 331 mph top speed 950 hp engine P-40-B 345 mph top speed 1040 hp engine P-40 had top speed, armor and armament on the Zero. The Zero had range, acceleration, maneuverability, and visibility on the P-40. The P-40 was even restricted in training on the aerobatics it could perform due to its instability. But the P-40 was faster if you lived long enough to get up to speed.
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