Welcome to Collinwood

Release Date: October 4, 2002
September 13, 2002
Limited release

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This smaller-budget ($10 million) project reunites George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh, but instead of as star and director (Out of Sight and Ocean's 11), the two this time are producers. Clooney does take a role in front of the camera, once again showing his willingness to take part in smaller projects.

Sam Rockwell, who is most memorable in Charlie's Angels and Galaxy Quest and who is destined to become an A-list lead after starring in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, has again been chosen by the Soderbergh/Clooney production team as the headliner in this film. The plot has five would-be crooks trying to pull off their greatest heist. No, it's not another Las Vegas casino but instead a Cleveland pawnbroker's safe. Obviously, the film sounds low-key in nature, but the real story revolves around the personality quirks of the people involved in the crime. Unconventional yet extraordinarily gifted actors such as William Macy (Magnolia, Fargo), Michael Jeter (Del Delacroix in The Green Mile) and Luis Guzman (Traffic, Out of Sight) will join Rockwell and the beautiful female leads, Gabrielle Union (Two Can Play That Game) and Jennifer Esposito (Don't Say a Word) in this quirky heist flick.

Expect Welcome to Collinwood to be long on laughs and very quotable, but it's unlikely to be a huge hit. With such a slight budget and such big names producing it, though, the movie should be highly profitable and very entertaining for true movie buffs. (Calvin Trager/BOP)

October 4, 2003
Welcome to Collinwood premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival to primarily mixed reviews. With critical and audience response taken under consideration, Warner Bros. elected to push the release of the film to the wasteland of October and a limited initial run, with plans to roll it out wider on October 18th. Unfortunately, Welcome to Collinwood could only manage a $4,700 screen average in that first weekend, and the studio scrapped plans to expand to significant additional theaters. It stands little chance of recouping its $12 million budget and will have to look to video for any hope at new life. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Welcome to Collinwood
Main Cast Sam Rockwell, Gabrielle Union
Supporting Cast William H. Macy, Michael Jeter, Luis Guzman, Jennifer Esposito
Director Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Screenwriter Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Distributor Warner Bros.
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site http://welcometocollinwood.warnerbros.com/
Rating R
Running Time 86 minutes
Screen Count 45
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

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Adjusted Opening
Total BO
Adjusted Total
Charlie's Angels 11/3/0040.13 44.89 3037 13214.00 14219.1 125.31 140.18 3.12
Green Mile, The 12/10/9918.02 21.47 2875 6268.00 7156.4 136.80 163.02 7.59
Don't Say a Word 9/28/0118.00 19.21 2802 6424.00 6594.5 55.00 58.70 3.06
Out of Sight (1998) 6/26/9812.02 15.45 2106 5708.00 7058.9 37.56 48.29 3.12
Two Can Play That Game 9/7/017.72 8.23 1297 5953.00 6111.0 22.24 23.73 2.87
Galaxy Quest ^ 12/25/997.01 8.35 2412 2906.00 3317.9 70.26 83.72 10.02
Magnolia 1/7/005.69 6.36 1034 5503.00 5921.6 22.45 25.11 3.78
Fargo 4/5/962.54 3.46 716 3547.00 4654.4 24.57 33.52 5.89



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