It took an act of valor, or, more appropriately “Act of Valor,” to get filmgoers into the multiplex this weekend. The Navy Seal cinema-verite flick led the weekend. Courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo, here’s the numbers:
|1||N||Act of Valor||Rela.||$24,700,000||–||3,039||–||$8,128||$24,700,000||$12||1|
|2||N||Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds||LGF||$16,000,000||–||2,132||–||$7,505||$16,000,000||–||1|
|3||4||Journey 2: The Mysterious Island||WB||$13,475,000||-32.1%||3,350||-150||$4,022||$76,731,000||$79||3|
|6||3||Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance||Sony||$8,800,000||-60.2%||3,174||–||$2,773||$37,832,000||$57||2|
|7||5||This Means War||Fox||$8,500,000||-51.2%||3,189||–||$2,665||$33,571,000||$65||2|
|10||9||The Secret World of Arrietty||BV||$4,503,000||-30.1%||1,522||–||$2,959||$14,660,000||–||2|
The New York Times profiles nonagenarian actress Connie Wald, whose Beverly Hills home, during the Golden Age of Hollywood was a required stop. The story is a charming tale of dinner parties and movie-screenings that makes old Hollywood sound like a small town.
Here’s the nut graf:
“As the wife and then the widow of the fabled screenwriter and producer Jerry Wald (who received four Oscar nominations; was given the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1949; and produced the Academy Awards shows in 1957 and 1958), Mrs. Wald has been a Hollywood fixture. A notably chic (she is a perennial on the International Best-Dressed List) and enduring emblem of its Golden Age, she is a hostess celebrated for her home cooking (roast chicken and chocolate roll). A good-humored survivor at the age of 95, Mrs. Wald is still automatically included among the guests at any A-list party.”
Read the full story here.