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Source Code: Opening Box Office & Reactions From William Gibson & Mark Kermode

Duncan Jones’ Source Code opened in Canada, Philippines, UK & USA on Friday 1st April and had a great weekend according to US & UK box office figures.

Figures from Box Office Mojo in the US show Source Code opening weekend of $14,812,094. UK Digital Spy reported today that Source Code just missed the top spot in the UK Box Office by a mere £86,079 pulling in £1,306,661 to which I am happy to have contributed my hard earned pocket money.

And it looks like those figures are likely to grow steadily through the week as fantastic word of mouth and recommendations continue online with feedback on Twitter on the #SOURCECODE tag steadily building after the weekend screenings. Lot’s of wonderful feedback directly to Duncan on there as well.

When it comes to Sci-Fi there can hardly be any greater recommendation that you go see Source Code than that of author William Gibson who simply stated.

William Gibson Loved Source Code! - Twitter

Which I guess kind of blew Duncan away, as his response to those three little words was:

“Im rubbing my eyes seeing William Gibson tweet that he liked both my movies. Gibson brought SciFi into the 21st century for me.

In my mind, William Gibson is to my generation what PKD was to his.”

And there was more praise from UK film critic Mark Kermode on BBC Radio 5 Live on the afternoon of the Friday April 1st opening where Mark chose Source Code as his film of the week, making it 2 for 2 for Duncan with Dr Kermode as you may recall, awarding Duncan Best Director for MOON at the Kermode’s in March 2010.

I’ll be going again this weekend with some friends who will be going for the first time, it really is the kind of film that requires repeat viewing, which appears to be the case for many that have been already, with more word of mouth and fantastic reviews, there is hope, that we may beat the bunny (Hop) this coming weekend, Duncan has a contingency plan though, should it be necessary.

“Think we have a chance of beating the bunny this week, or am i going to have to add a scene where Jake poops jelly beans?”

Thanks to all that have been out to see Source Code already, please pass on the good word to family, friends, colleagues & total strangers on the bus, it’s great to have a new film out there that causes discussion & debate after viewing, that isn’t a reboot, or a sequel, or a prequel, from a Director who cares very much about the audience’s experience. If you want more Duncan Jones films, then tell the studios and the cinemas in the easiest way possible, go out, buy some tickets, and enjoy Source Code 🙂

MOON Features in Top UK Films of 2009

UK Film Council - Top UK Films 2009
UK Film Council - Top UK Films 2009

Figures released this morning by the UK Film Council put the Best British Independent Film of 2009, MOON, in the top 20 box office for both UK Films, and UK Independent Film.

MOON comes in at #19 with a £1.32 Million Gross in the Top 20 UK Films, and #14 in the Top 20 UK Independent Films.

Fantastic for a little British Sci-Fi, with limited release, and limited promotion. Despite this, MOON has continued to perform well in theatres around the world, currently on general release in Germany (1 year after original UK release) and approaching $10 Million gross worldwide (src Box Office Mojo)

A lot of MOON’s success has been down to incredibly good word of mouth, and support from movie sites, and the movie blogging community. Thanks to everyone who went out and bought a ticket 🙂

If you missed MOON at the cinema last year, you can catch it at the Prince Charles Cinema, and the BFI Southbank in August.

Thanks to Pinewood Studios for the heads up (follow them on Twitter)

月に囚われた男 MOON In Japan

MOON was released in Japan on 10th April 2010, expanded across further citys / screens from 24th April. As you may be aware from previous posts, the japanese release as been supported by a great new web site, an innovative twitter campaign, and some nice advanced booking goodies as well as a new trailer.

So How’s it doing over there? Thanks to Jason Gray over on Screen Daily we have some details on how MOON is being received:

Moon (Tsuki ni Torawareta Otoko, 『月に囚われた男』) has a Yahoo! Japan user rating of 4/5 stars, which is quite high.

Since 4/10 opening in Tokyo & Kanagawa, opened in Kyoto, Osaka and Fukuoka. Sapporo & Nagoya in May.

Opening was 2.3m yen on two screens, which is a strong per screen average. Grossed just over 7m yen as of Apr. 17/18 weekend.

Checking Box Office Mojo, as of 25th April, MOON has taken $132,657 (12,534,762.36 yen) with further screens to open shortly in May, full list of cities / cinemas as follows:

City > Cinema > Opens
Fukuoka Solaria Cinema 17th April 2010
Kyoto Kyoto Cinema 24th April 2010
Hyogo Cine Libre Kobe 24th April 2010

Or if you prefer in Japanese, full listing also here. So thanks to all our friends in Japan for news of MOON, and for going out and giving it such a great welcome, still time to get out to the cinema and see it if you haven’t already, and if you have, spread the word on a great, award winning movie 😉

Special thanks to Jason Gray, who you can follow on Twitter for more news on film in Japan.