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Red State

Kevin Smith tackles the horror genre with the story of a religious zealot who sends his disciples on a murder spree

Sundance Film Festival 2011, John Goodman | PREACHER FEATURE John Goodman in Red State
PREACHER FEATURE John Goodman in Red State

Kevin Smith is returning to his roots with Red State, a grindhouse horror bonanza about a cadre of religious zealots led by a preacher (Kill Bill's Michael Parks) who are murdering for Jesus. As with his 1997 debut, Clerks, Smith shot the film in a month for less than $4 million. The director publicly shunned the studios by buying his own project at Sundance for $20, then took it out for a nationwide tour last spring prior to its theatrical release (it will also be on video on demand starting Sept. 1). ''Marketing is something I can do,'' says Smith. ''I come from Quick Stop. Before we made Clerks, I was a clerk, so I know how to sell something.'' —Keith Staskiewicz

Originally posted Aug 12, 2011
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Weekend of Aug 24 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$17.6 4 $251.9 A-
2. $16.8 3 $145.6 C+
3.
If I Stay
Warner Bros.
$16.4 1 $16.4 C-
4. $11.0 2 $45.2 F
5. $9.0 1 $9.0 NA
6.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$6.7 2 $24.1 C-
7.
The Expendables 3
Lionsgate
$6.6 2 $27.5 B
8. $6.5 1 $6.5 C+
9.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$5.6 3 $32.7 B
10.
Into the Storm
Warner Bros.
$3.8 3 $38.3 D+
* in millions