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Brokeback Mountain Continues To Climb

by Ed Welch, 365Gay.com Los Angeles Bureau

Posted: January 22, 2006 - 5:00 pm ET

(Los Angeles, California) Last week's Golden Globe Awards is credited with giving "Brokeback Mountain" a big box office bump this weekend.

The film, which follows the 20-year gay romance between two rugged ranch hands moved from the number nine spot to fifth in weekend ticket sales.

"Brokeback Mountain" won four Golden Globes, including best motion picture in the drama category and best director.

It earned $7.8 million this weekend, an increase of 35 percent over the previous weekend, according to according to studio estimates released Sunday.

The number one weekend film was "Underworld: Evolution" a vampire film.

Last week "Brokeback Mountain" was the number film in the UK and in France.

Director Ang Lee was in Hong Kong this weekend promoting the movie.

Lee said that Asian audiences are generally more accepting of gay subject matter than Americans. (story)

"I think there's pressure to condemn (homosexuality) in their (Americans') religion which causes their homophobia," he said.

Lee noted one of his previous movies about a gay couple, "The Wedding Banquet," received a less restrictive rating in his native Taiwan than in the United States.

A movie theater in Utah recently canceled showings of "Brokeback Mountain." The theater was owned by Larry H. Miller, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has spent millions of dollars campaigning against gay marriage and considers homosexual acts grounds for excommunication.

Miller, who also owns the Utah Jazz NBA team, has not explained the decision to pull the movie.

"Brokeback Mountain" has faced resistance elsewhere in Asia. A Malaysian distributor has said it will not release the film in the mostly Muslim country.

"Capote," which earned Golden Globe acting honors for its star Philip Seymour Hoffman, and "Transamerica," which won an acting award for star Felicity Huffman, also saw weekend box office boosts, although neither was in the top 10.

©365Gay.com 2006


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