Saw rocks the B-O
Last time, I recommended watching The Devil Wears Prada and The Departed, both outstanding Western features that can boast thumping box-office figures. The latest to join the bandwagon of hits is Lionsgates horror sequel, Saw III, which ousted competition to bag the No.1 spot at the box-office on Friday.
According to boxofficemojo.com, the R-rated blood-fest took about $14 million, to carve out a stellar No. 1 lead at the box-office. Lionsgate has scheduled Saw IV for Halloween weekend next year.
Talking of box-office, the Bollywood feature thats making big bucks overseas is Farhan Akhtars Don. Touted as an atypical overseas film and slammed by a section of the self-styled trade pundits, the thriller has gone on to gross more than 1 million in the UK within 10 days of release and nearly $1.4 million in the US. They dont call him King Khan for nothing.
The Queen is hot
The Departed will have a serious bone to pick with The Queen. The latter has emerged a strong favourite with Academy members. At the recent Los Angeles premiere of The Queen, filmgoers agreed Helen Mirren would be judged Best Actress for her bravura turn as the dowdily out-of-touch Queen Elizabeth II. A month before, when I saw The Queen, which I thought was sterling, I knew it would emerge a strong contender. It is a huge success with critics and that helps its prospects for the Oscar and Globe, as in earlier years for Sideways and Brokeback Mountain.
The writer is an overseas motion picture distributor