Magazine article International Musician

Top 10 Movie Box Office. It's All AFM

Magazine article International Musician

Top 10 Movie Box Office. It's All AFM

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So far, this has been a very good summer for movies recorded under AFM contracts. All 10 of the top grossing motion pictures in the US and Canada for the weekend beginning July 8 were recorded under AFM contracts, according to industry resource The Numbers (www.thenumbers.com/charts/weekly/2011/20110708.php). The Top 10 films and their composers, members of Local 47 (Los Angeles) are:

1. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Steve Jablonsky)

2. Horrible Bosses (Christopher Lennertz)

3. Zookeeper (Rupert Gregson-Williams)

4. Cars 2 (Michael Giacchino)

5. Bad Teacher (Michael Andrews)

6. Larry Crowne (James Newton Howard)

7. Super 8 (Michael Giacchino)

8. Monte Carlo (Michael Giacchino)

9. Mr. Popper's Penguins (Rolfe Kent)

10. Green Lantern (James Newton Howard)

The Hollywood summer season started with the Memorial Day Weekend, and as you go further down the list, you see that the Top 20 includes another five films with AFM scores, from the beginning of the summer, which continue to gross well: Rio (John Powell); X-Men: First Class (Henry Jackman); Bridesmaids (Michael Andrews); Pirates of the Caribbean (Hans Zimmer); and The Hangover 2 (Christophe Beck).

The list includes several films shot out of the US or Canada, crosses all genres (action, romance, animation, thrillers, adventure, comedy) and represents many production budgets. For example, Monte Carlo cost about $20 million to make, while Transformers had close to a $200 million budget. This is all good news for both the musicians who worked directly on these scores and for those who worked on the records that enriched the movie soundtracks as well. …

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