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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 🙂

Duncan Jones Wins Best Director in 5th Annual Kermode Awards

Duncan Jones has received, perhaps the highest accolade in the British film industry. The coveted Kermode award for Best Director, for MOON.

Ed Sullivan / Kermode (Kermode award photo by Jane Parker)
Ed Sullivan / Kermode (Kermode award photo by Jane Parker)

Although extremely busy on the first week of filming his second feature ‘Source Code‘ in Montreal, Canada, Jones reacted almost immediately to the news of this fantastic achievement on his Twitter account:

Thats a very special one! And the awards a looker… A model of Ed Sullivan!

For those of you who are not aware of Mark Kermode, what better introduction than that what they put on his BBC Blog HERE:

Outspoken, opinionated and never lost for words, Mark Kermode is the UK’s leading film critic.

He is resident film critic on Radio Five Live’s Mayo Show and on the News Channel, is a presenter on The Culture Show and often appears on BBC Newsnight Review.

Kermode has been a big supporter of MOON, interviewing Duncan on BBC Radio 5Live at the Edinburgh Film Festival back in June 2009 prior to the films UK July launch.

Duncan Jones & Mark Kermode

Wittertainment Live image by Martin Burns from Flickr

Kermode’s admiration for Jones’ work recently caused him to play a version of ‘Thus Spake Zarathusa‘ on a Rolf Harris Stylophone in homage to MOON.

So, once again, we say congratulations Duncan & all involved in making MOON 🙂

Thanks to Jane Parker for use of the Kermode Award photo.