Monday, March 31, 2008

The Box Office Breakdown for March 28-30

21 (Sony/Columbia) PG-13 Opening Weekend $23.7m
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (Fox) G $17.4m-3 wk total $117.3m
Superhero Movie (MGM (Weinstein)) PG-13 Opening Weekend $9.5m
Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (Lionsgate) PG-13 $7.8m-2 wk total $32.8m
Drillbit Taylor (Paramount) PG-13 $5.8m-2 wk total $20.6m
Shutter (Fox) PG-13 $5.3m-2 wk total $19.1m
10,000 B.C. (Warner Bros.) PG-13 $4.9m-4 wk total $84.9m
College Road Trip (Buena Vista) G $3.5m-4 wk total $38.4m
Never Back Down (Summit Entertainment) PG-13 $2.4m-3 wk total $21.3m
Vantage Point (Sony/Columbia) PG-13 $2.4m-6 wk total $69.3m
Source: Box Office Mojo

The Box Office Breakdown for March 28-30

21 (Sony/Columbia) PG-13 Opening Weekend $23.7m
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (Fox) G $17.4m-3 wk total $117.3m
Superhero Movie (MGM (Weinstein)) PG-13 Opening Weekend $9.5m
Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (Lionsgate) PG-13 $7.8m-2 wk total $32.8m
Drillbit Taylor (Paramount) PG-13 $5.8m-2 wk total $20.6m
Shutter (Fox) PG-13 $5.3m-2 wk total $19.1m
10,000 B.C. (Warner Bros.) PG-13 $4.9m-4 wk total $84.9m
College Road Trip (Buena Vista) G $3.5m-4 wk total $38.4m
Never Back Down (Summit Entertainment) PG-13 $2.4m-3 wk total $21.3m
Vantage Point (Sony/Columbia) PG-13 $2.4m-6 wk total $69.3m
Source: Box Office Mojo

Monday, March 24, 2008

Get Ahead: Join A Student Organization

I'm in my fourth year of college, and I've just discovered something: Student Groups. I figure I may be well behind the curve on this discovery, but if your like me, and you haven't realized the potential benefits of joining a student organization on campus, keep reading.

I'm interested in developing a career in television one day. The majority of my accomplishments which would lead me toward this goal are the day dreams I have while in a class about Victorian Literature (I went the romantic route and decided on an English major). Recently, a friend invited me to a meeting for a group called Student Video Productions.

And boy, how it hit me, when I realized how much I'd been missing out.

The group was filled with my peers, all interested in developing programs and, well, video productions. They offered oppurtunities to create and produce shows that actually air on T.V. Not only that, but they offer an array of services. They have a vast amount of cameras available to rent, as well as people who are willing to teach you to utilize all of their capabilities.

Forgive me if I seem naive, but this was all too good to be true.

I came to realize all of the oppurtunities associated with joining a student group, as well as the potential resume builders. Student Video Productions boasts a budget of more than $50,000. The treasurer is sure going to have something to brag about.

In addition to all the practical aspects of joining such a group, it's also just a lot of fun. There are people there who share similar interests, and you get to immerse yourself in your own passions and potentially find new ones.

Box Office Blab

This past weekend the Dr. Seuss animated feature Horton Hears A Who topped the box office yet again, taking it's 2 week total to more than 86 million. If this says one thing, it's surely: Don't mess with the animated epics. Pixars slew of animated features (everything from the Toy Story's to last years academy award winning Ratatouille) have all proven to be box office gold. Though their budgets can border around the 100 million mark, they have each gone on to take in at least three times that amount. Dreamworks Animation, which produced the Shrek trilogy, has grossed nearly 4.5 billion dollars since 2000, with their budgets amounting to about 1 billion. That's a lot more than your average Bee Movie.

Also of interest Tyler Perry's new feature: Tyler Perry's: Meet The Browns. I think Perry's name carries clout. He's one of America's most successful playwrights, and his first feature, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, gross over 50 million on a budget of a little more than 5 million. His next movie, and the latter's sequel, Madea's Family Reunion, duplicated that success plus 10 million, bringing it's box office revenues to more than 60 million. All of Perry's movies have seen substantial profit, as well as more than modest opening weekends. It looks like Perry has a bright future (as well as present) ahead of him.

As for Drillbit Taylor, it's safe to say it's a dissapointing weekend for the Owen Wilson helmed project. It may go on to gross around 20 million, but with a $40 million budget, it seems that Taylor's a dud. The trailers weren't very appealing, with Owen Wilson being the only recognizable figure in the cast. It looked as though they were trying to reproduce the success of last years surprise hit Superbad. (Seth Rogen was a writer on both)

10,000 B.C.'s steam is dying down, as it brings its total tally to 76 million. Though it's budget is almost double that, worldwide it's surpassed 150 million. College Road Trip, starring Martin Lawrence and Rayven Symone seems to be a modest hit with $32 million up to date (I can't imagine the budget was more than half that).

Look forward to this as a new feature on It's A Generation Y Thing.


Past Weekend Box Office Results

Weekend Box Office Estimates: Mar 21-23, 2008
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who! (Fox) $25.1 million 2 wk total $86.5m
Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (Lionsgate) $20.0 million opening weekend
Shutter (Fox) $10.7 million opening weekend
Drillbit Taylor (Paramount) $10.2 million opening weekend
10,000 B.C. (Warner Bros.) $8.7 million 3 wk total $76.1m
Never Back Down (Summit) $4.9 million 2 wk total $16.8m
College Road Trip (Buena Vista) $4.6 million 3 wk total $32.0m
The Bank Job (Lionsgate) $4.1 million 3 wk total $19.4m
Vantage Point (Sony) $3.8 million - 5 wk total $65.3m
Under the Same Moon (Weinstein Co.) $2.6 million opening weekend
Source: Box Office Mojo

Come back for an analysis.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Better Late Than Never: Last Weekend's Box Office

I forgot to post the last weekends box office figures, so I'll do it now. Expect me to post this weekend's on Monday 3/24

Weekend Box Office Estimates: Mar 14-16, 2008
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who! (Fox) $45.1 million - opening weekend
10,000 B.C. (Warner Bros.) $16.4 million - 2 wk total $61.2m
Never Back Down (Summit) $8.6 million - opening weekend
College Road Trip (Buena Vista) $7.9 million - 2 wk total $24.3m
Vantage Point (Sony) $5.4 million - 4 wk total $59.2m
The Bank Job (Lionsgate) $4.9 million - 2 wk total $13.1m
Doomsday (Universal) $4.7 million - opening weekend
Semi-Pro (NewLine) $3.0 million - 3 wk total $29.8m
The Other Boleyn Girl (Sony) $2.9 million - 3 wk total $19.2m
The Spiderwick Chronicles (Paramount) $2.4 million - 5 wk total $65.4m
Source: Box Office Mojo

Success: It's All In Your Head

Is the glass half empty or half full? I know it's an old cliche, and it's been duplicated on thousands, if not millions, of blogs regarding the same subject I'm about to talk about, but it just works so well.

Our lives are filled with struggles. Even the most successful people have troubles here and there (if not more than the less successful). The point isn't really about career success, though. It's about quality of life.

Being content with what you have is going to give you the clarity and type of energy that will help you make the assertions necessary to be successful. How many successful businesses are developed with the entire staff thinking how badly they are going to fail? In fact, why would you even go through with an idea if you thought it was destined to fail?

The thing is, when you actually try something, you have already increased your odds of attaining your goal (whereas the odds before you tried it were 0). And experience is always the valuable by product of any endeavor. Trial and error over time will hone your skills and show you what works.

After all: You gotta fight, for your right, to paaaaaaartay

Friday, March 21, 2008

Lives On Display

As I had mentioned, I applied for an internship with Fox Reality Channel. I got a response from them, and apparently, before they had even seen my e-mail, they had read my blog! They even sent me the link to my previous post!

Though an interview is pending, it's a poignant occurence. What goes on your blog is subject to be read by millions of people. And if you mention particulars, like I mentioned Fox Reality Channel, you are more likely to get visitors who are associated with them.

With this in mind, it is also important to take your blog seriously. Employers are using online personas (myspace, facebook, blogs, etc.) in addition to resumes and interviews, to find out more about potential employees. So it is important for all you job seekers to professionalize your online identity.

Ways to do that involve listing your job experiences on your facebook or myspace, and also any clubs or extra curriculars (the legal ones). Display your creativity and your charisma. Think of yourself as a candidate, and only put down what you want employers to see.

Though some of us like to publish our entire lives on the web, it's important to keep in mind who may be looking you up.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Advice From Me To You, For Me And You

As some of you may know, I'm in the market for an internship. So far, I've applied at MTV and Fox Reality Channel. While I would be stoked to have either, I think I'd be better suited for the latter. Frankly, because it's less well known, and it might be easier to make an impression there (though I can't even be sure of that). Also, I'm interested in developing reality TV. I have seen reality television take over such a large proportion of our television programming, and I project it will continue to dominate the TV guide.
As far as making an impression, I just read a list from about things you should and shouldn't do at an internship. I'll recap on the ones I think are most important:

1) Don't roll your eyes.
I hope this is a duh to most of you, but if it isn't, heed this advice. Respect your superiors and appreciate your role as an intern. You are there to learn and to help out.

2) Talk to your superiors
Being afraid to ask questions or to develop a relationship with your boss is only going to slow you down. Your boss might not have time to seek you out, so go to him or her and utilize their expertise; it's what got them there, and it's what could get you where they are some years down the road.

3) Show initiative and enthusiasm.
Work extra hours on your projects and show that you are willing to do whatever it takes to do the best job possible. Treat this like a job where you are looking for a promotion. Sometimes interns can be hired on a full time employees if they are impressive candidates.

Essentially, the best thing to do is to treat an internship like it's your first job. Work hard, do your best, and appreciate the opportunity you are being given. Stay humble and willing to learn, and get the most out of your time.

Friday, March 14, 2008

The End of Print Media

As you may have noticed, I now have a Google Adsense account. If you know what it is, you're probably annoyed. If you don't, then I'll tell you.

Google adsense is an application that one can add to their blog or website that pays the website's owner for clicks and/or views. So if you host a blog that gets a thousand hits a day, you might actually profit from Google Adsense. I believe that the payout is somewhere around $7 per thousand views, but I'm not sure. I do know that payments can range from nothing to thousands of dollars a month..

If you consider that advertising is essentially the funding for all media, and then factor in the printing costs for magazines and newspapers, it's easy to do the math. The internet is cheaper. Way cheaper.

If you haven't noticed already, all mediums are starting to shift towards the internet. People are actually spending more time on the internet than watching TV. (I know I do) The internet is too great a location for advertisers to ignore. I am inclined to believe that print media will suffer a lot in the coming years. Who needs a newspaper when you can go on to has all of the tabloid lovers. Anything you can find on the newstands, you can probably find on a blog or a website.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Breaking Bad

What gets your rocks off? Where do you spend your free time? Do you watch too much t.v? Or are you a comic book buff? Chances are, that if you're reading this, your a blogger, so let's just say that blogging. What attracted you to the blogosphere?

What am I doing with blogging, though? If you look back at all of my posts, you can tell where my thinking was concentrated on during each post. In ones where I link back a lot, I was thinking about professional blogging. I was avidly reading blogs like Employee Evolution and Penelope Trunk. (Linking adds so much professionalism to your blog. And it's so simple. So do it.) Those websites discuss the merits of blogging often, often encouraging young people to start blogs as an element to develop one's career. The posts here are often about blogging, too. So the truth is that I'm blogging about reading blogs about blogging.

I tried to personalize the blog writing a poem. It was about school and organization, and even blogging. It turned out that some of you couldn't even tell it was a poem (and I mean you Torbjorn). I blame that on both the content, as well as the blog formatting. So I guess it's wise to consider the content in the context.

Right now I'm watching Breaking Bad on AMC. It's a riveting show that portrays a decidedly unique and intense situation. And it's breaks boundaries you never knew existed. The show depicts a high school science teacher, diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, making and selling Meth. It begs the question: What are we really capable of?

The truth is, we're all capable of a lot. In my time, though it may not be much, I've realized that success is 90 percent about ambition and 10% talent. In fact, staying positive and ambitious is likely to produce great work. If we never try, we can never succeed.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Interested In The Box Office? Me too..

I will from here on out be posting the weekend's US Box Office results. I aspire to a career in entertainment, and maybe some of you do as well.

Weekend Box Office Estimates: Mar 7-9, 2008
10,000 B.C. (Warner Bros.) $35.7 million - opening weekend
College Road Trip (Buena Vista) $14.0 million - opening weekend
Vantage Point (Sony) $7.5 million - 3 wk total $51.7m
Semi Pro (NewLine) $5.9 million - 2 wk total $24.8m
The Bank Job (Lionsgate) $5.7 million - opening weekend
The Spiderwick Chronicles (Paramount) $4.8 million - 4 wk total $61.7m
The Other Boleyn Girl (Sony) $4.0 million - 2 wk total $14.6m
Jumper (Fox) $3.8 million - 4 wk total $72.5m
Step Up 2 The Streets (Buena Vista) $3.0 million - 4 wk total $53.0m
Fool's Gold (Warner Bros.) $2.8 million - 5 wk total $62.8m


Friday, March 7, 2008

Bring on the internships!

So, I'm looking for an internship. I would prefer one with a television network, but I suppose any internship will do. I guess internships are a necessary part of the transition out of college, no?

What exactly is an internship? Will I be getting some honchos coffee? Or will I be getting someone who gets the honcho coffee, their coffee? I think it will be fun to be an intern. It's a stage of life, in a way. Everybody was an intern at some point.

It's bizarre to be so close to graduating college, and still so uncertain about a career path. What should I be doing? What was I meant for? Or was I meant for anything? And maybe our careers don't have to define us as people.

But do they end up doing that inevitably? At least to some degree, I think they must. They take up such vast amounts of our time. But I think I'm most useful in a conversation with a friend, in helping them sort out their feelings and opinions.

Maybe I'll be a psychologist.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

O you are sick of self-love, Malvolio!

The prior post was a bit out of the blue, so I am forced to reconcile that it is invariably reflective of the self-assured Todd that exists within me. If you'll look deeper into the blog, you'll find the other Todds (economical Todd, practical Todd, sad Todd). This Todd here, is inspired Todd.

You see, I've just finished reading Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, and I enjoyed it in a way that made me want to post on my generation Y blog. Go figure.

Shakespeare is said to have acheived a great feat in writing: originality. For he coins his own diction, and is never successfully copied thereafter. There are few, if any, Shakespearian copy cats which have sustained over time the way Shakespeare himself has. Where we might look at various movements, such as modernism, and we will clump together Conrad, Eliot, and Pound (though I do not claim authority on any of the three), we do not associate Shakespeare as such.
The same goes even for Socrates, the father of philosophy. Perhaps it's because he never wrote his ideas down, but we often speak of Socrates in reference to a progression towards Plato, then Aristotle. But O Shakespeare, the valiant prince of theatrical literature. The Kings playwright as well as the peoples!

Point being, Do dare! Do flaunt your unique perspective in the ways possible. There is part of me that assumes that this is invariably going to be appreciated --If done with intensity and passion-- by some such people. Use the force! Go hard! Fight the good fight?

In any case, don't get into debt, blah blah blah. You all should know that. I want, if only, to inspire you, but ideally, to fully remind you of the realities of your own enviornment (and I'm not even touching on global warming!)

So stand out. And explore your passion.