By Indiewire Staff | Indiewire September 12, 2011 at 4:20AM
In case you were away from your computer this weekend, here’s a tidy package of our weekend coverage that includes this week’s indie and mainstream box-office reports, Toronto news and more.
Box Office: “Kevin Hart” Stuns With Massive Limited Debut
Comedian Kevin Hart found fantastic numbers at the box office this weekend with his “Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain,” a movie version of his 2011 comedy tour. According to estimates provided by Rentrak, the film - released by Codeblack Entertainment - grossed $2,000,000 from just 97 screens, averaging $20,619.
Weekend Box Office: ‘Contagion’ Infects Box Office In Year’s Weakest Overall Frame
Contagion” lived up to its name, landing at number one with $23 million and sapping the rest of the lineup of its health, creating one of the genuinely weakest weekends of the year.
TORONTO REVIEW | “The Descendants” Lets Alexander Payne Warm Up
Eric Kohn reviews Alexander Payne's latest, "The Descendants," from the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is building buzz as a frontrunner for Academy Award consideration this year.
“Faust” Beats Out “Shame” for the Venice Film Festival’s Top Award
“Faust,” from Russian director Aleksander Sokurov (“The Sun”), walked away with the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, beating high-profile contenders such as “Shame” and “Carnage.”
Sundance Selects Takes “Beloved” Out of Toronto
Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Christophe Honoré’s “Beloved,” which is currently screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. It marks the fifth partnership between the director and the distributor.
Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda Will Create a New Soundtrack for “The Raid”
Linkin Park mastermind Mike Shinoda will create an all-new soundtrack for the Indonesian martial arts film “The Raid.”
Fox Searchlight Buys U.S. Rights to Steve McQueen’s “Shame”
Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired to Steve McQueen’s provocative and sexually explicit drama “Shame.” Written by McQueen with Abi Morgan, “Shame” stars Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan.
Julianne Moore & Greg Kinnear Pair Up for “The English Teacher”
Artina Films announced that Julianne Moore will star opposite Greg Kinnear in Craig Zisk’s feature directorial debut, “The English Teacher.”
Christian Bale’s New Movie Screens Footage for Toronto Buyers; Who Will Pick “The Flowers of War”?
Zhang Yimou screened 20 minutes of "The Flowers of War," the largest-budget film production in China's history, to a packed theatre of potential buyers in Toronto this weekend.