‘Argo’ ušao u klub 100 i ‘dobrodošao’ u Kanadu

Piše: Matija Jurić

Ken Taylor i Fleki malo ćaskaju.

Argo Bena Afflecka napokon je prešao cifru od $100mil. dolara na domicilnom tržištu zaradom od $2mil. u svom osmom vikendu prikazivanja i strpljivim se koracima uvukao u jednu od sigurnih ovogodišnjih oskarovskih priča. On je definitivno jedan od minimalnih 5 i maksimalnih 10 kandidata za najbolji film i zahvaljujući Oscarima i nadolazećem božićnom ludilu, ne bi bilo prvi put da se ta danas koliko-toliko “magična” brojka od $100mil. poveća za jednu trećinu. Prije nekoliko tjedana obećao sam da ću, ako Argo uđe u klub 100, iznijeti jedan neugodan podatak; to je da gospodin Kenneth Taylor nije pozvan na premijeru filma na Toronto Film Festivalu. Tko je sad Ken Taylor?

Kenneth Taylor je 1981. godine dobio Zlatnu Kongresnu Medalju od Ronalda Reagana jer je zajedno sa  suprugom riskirao svoj život i sklonio diplomate u svom domu prije bijega natrag u Sjedinjene Države.

Dio Reaganova govora:

We’re today honoring another act of courage, this one with a happier ending in which the courage and ingenuity were rewarded by success after 79 days. I’d like to sketch briefly the events of those 79 days, to describe not only Ambassador Taylor’s courage but also the contribution of all the Canadian Embassy personnel in Tehran and the Canadian Government in Ottawa.

Four days after the storming of the American Embassy, Ambassador Taylor received a call from five Americans who had escaped from the Embassy when it was overrun. They were hiding, but they were afraid that they’d soon be discovered and captured. Ambassador Taylor immediately recommended to his government in Ottawa that Americans be given shelter. Without any hesitation, the Canadian Government granted the permission. Two days later, the Americans were taken to Ambassador Taylor’s residence and that of another Canadian Embassy family, the John Sheardowns. Two weeks later, another American joined his five compatriots. For 79 days, they lived there pretending to be visitors. I understand they’re the best-read and the most skilled Scrabble players in all of North America.

There were several tense moments in the weeks that followed. At one point, an article was imminent in a Montreal paper which would have disclosed the story of the sheltered Americans. In an admirable display of responsibility, the journalist who had written the article agreed to withdraw it from publication. However, from this article, and more immediately from an anonymous phone call to the Taylor’s residence asking to speak to two of the escapees, Ambassador Taylor knew that the chances of his guests being discovered were high.

At this point, the Canadian Government in Ottawa and the Embassy began the ingenious preparations for an escape. The Canadian Government agreed to issue fictitious passports to the Americans. The Canadian Embassy staff began making flights in and out of Tehran to establish a travel pattern and to learn airport procedures.

Finally, on January 28th, 1980, the Americans packed the bags that were given them by their Canadian hosts with the clothes also given to them. Using their Canadian passports, they flew out of the country. Ambassador Taylor and three others of his staff saw them off and then left themselves. Even this brief outline of those 79 days highlights what a team effort it was.

The Canadian Department of External Affairs in Ottawa and the Canadian Cabinet responded with speed and decisiveness to help an ally.

Mrs. Taylor is here with her husband and was directly involved with him in this deed. She shared the risks. She did much of the work. It was at her residence that several of the Americans were actually staying. And, finally, it’s my great honor to present the medal to Kenneth Taylor whose valor, ingenuity, and steady nerves made possible this one happy chapter in the agony of those 444 days of hostage crisis.

Eto, ispunio sam obećanje u ovom sporom post-Thanksgiving vikendu na američkom box officeu u kojem i inače nastupi redovita zasićenost moviegoing publike.

Sad da obradimo i top 5. Na prvom mjestu je po treći put The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 s padom od 60% i zaradom od $17.4mil. To je još jednom slabiji pad od prethodnika i sad zaostaje jedva $1mil. za Mladim mjesecom u istom periodu. Trenutno je na $254mil. što je pomoglo Lionsgateu da, zahvaljujući nedavnoj kupnji Summit Entertainmenta, u rekordnoj 2012. zaradi preko $1.2 milijarde. Dovoljno za 4. mjesto udjela zarade svih studija, a službeno ne pripada “velikoj šestorci”.

Na drugom mjestu ponovno je Skyfall s padom od 53% i zaradom od $16.5mil. Sa $245.5mil. odavno je već premašio sva očekivanja, sad se samo postavlja pitanje hoće li zaraditi više od posljednje Sumrak Sage u Americi i preći preko milijarde u svijetu. Trenutno je na ubojitih $869mil.

Na trećem mjestu je Rise of the Guardians sa zaradom od $13.3 i najmanjim padom gledanosti u top 10. Zaradio je do sada $48mil., te uz blagdansku temu i pristojnu zaradu od $55mil. izvan Amerike, ipak navlačim riječ hit za ovaj hvaljeni uradak u godini pretrpanoj animiniranim blockbusterima.

Na četvrtom mjestu je Lincoln sa $13mil. vikend zarade u relativno malom broju kino dvorana(2018). Sa sumom od $83mil. i zagarantiranom nominacijom Akademije za najbolji film, predviđam preko $150mil. zarade Spielbergovom epu. Lijep home run nakon War Horsea i Tin Tina 2011., koji su zajedno zaradili jednako toliko. Jeli u redu usput čestitati gospodinu Stevenu i Božić?

Na petom je mjestu Life of Pi Anga Leea sa $12mil. i padom od solidnih 45%. Film kojemu je budžet $120mil. bez marketinga mora zaraditi barem $230mil. u svijetu, ako studio želi vidjeti profit nakon izlaska na home marketu. Trenutna zarada od $48mil. u Americi, dobre kritike i bolji nego očekivan doček izvan Amerike($63mil.)  još uvijek drže utrku neizvjesnom.

Na kraju spomenimo još jedan flop. Killing Them Softly Andrewa Dominika s Bradom Pittom u glavnoj ulozi zaradio je slabih $6.8mil. Dobio je katastrofalni “F” na CinemaScoreu, iako hvaljen od strane kritike. Gorka ironija za neutješne kreatore jednog od neshvaćenih remek-djela posljednjeg desetljeća –The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford koji je opjevao kraj legendi, početak mass medija i njezine evidentne posljedice.

2 komentara za “‘Argo’ ušao u klub 100 i ‘dobrodošao’ u Kanadu

  • Mujan says:

    BEST PICTURE

    Argo

    Argo won for Best Picture, capping off a surprising run during Awards season. There was a bit of controversy late on with the Canadian ambassador complaining that Canada’s role in the rescue was minimized in the movie, and Jimmy Carter backed him up in that complaint. As a Canadian, I’m a little annoyed at this snub, but I still agree with this win.

    argo ulazi u anale, a bome i FAK, pisao je o ovome 6 mjeseci prije ostatka svijeta

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