Is King Kong a slow-building, long-burning smash, or a full-on instant
disappointment? Ben Fritz again pimps
that meaningless Friday-to-Saturday 40% increase stat as proof that all hope for a smashing performance has not been
lost, but with Christmas falling on a Sunday, it'll be hard to gauge the big box office picture until after the new
Focus Features is moving to pull out all the stops and expand Brokeback Mountain's release to 400 screens by
January 6. It's currently averaging about $36,000 on less than 70 screens. In addition, they'll move to promote the
picture in places like Texas and Wyoming, the regions it describes.
Jean-Pierre Melville's Army of Shadows will finally get a US release. The film was
completed 36 years ago; it has since been restored and will open in the US with new subtitles and a new soundtrack.