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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
Weekend of Sep 1 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$22.2 5 $280.5 A-
2. $15.7 4 $166.4 C+
If I Stay
Warner Bros.
$11.6 2 $32.2 C-
4. $10.5 3 $59.7 F
As Above, So Below
$10.3 1 $10.3 C
The November Man
$10.2 1 $11.9 C
7. $8.0 2 $18.7 NA
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$6.9 3 $33.1 C-
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$6.3 4 $41.1 B
The Expendables 3
$4.5 3 $34.2 B
* in millions