By the end of the 2000s, getting number one at the American box office was a valuable marketing commodity. As such, studios pumped more and more money into making sure they at least had a great opening weekend for their product.
The consequence of this was that it was harder and harder for smaller and quirkier films to take a brief spot in the sun. Certainly towards the second half of the decade, it seems that the number one movie each week was pre-ordinained in a marketing meeting somewhere.
Still, there were some films that have since fallen out of public view that clawed their way to number one. How many of these do you remember?
Eye Of The Beholder
January 2000, one week
Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name,
Both films are driven by strong performances from up-and-coming female stars (Essie Davis and Maika Monroe), which brings to mind a classic horror movie trope: the Final Girl. Most prevalent in slasher films, the Final Girl is the last character standing who confronts a killer/ghost/demon and lives to tell the tale.
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1. Neve Campbell - Sidney Prescott in Scream
Many horror fans thought Drew Barrymore would end up being Scream's Final Girl when they first watched Wes Craven's 1996 horror, but the director offed her in the opening moments leaving Neve Campbell's Sidney Prescott to face down Ghostface.
Brandon Routh, who delivered a sensitive and assured turn as the Man of Steel in 2006's Superman Returns, is one such example. Routh never quite got the breaks he deserved after landing that life-changing role, so it's nice to see him back in the superhero game with an upcoming role as Atom in Arrow.
Digital Spy takes a look back at a handful of stars who couldn't escape their one big role.
Plucked from relative obscurity to lead Bryan Singer's lavish Superman sequel, Routh impressively channelled Christopher Reeve on his big screen debut but found leading man roles difficult to come by in the aftermath.
The remake, which is being produced by Will Smith and Jay Z, was eyeing up Sandra Bullock to play the infamous alcoholic caretaker of the orphanage, but it looks like the deals went flat and never made it out of negotiations. It is unclear on who the studio are looking for next.
Even though they don’t have Bullock, they still have Beasts Of The Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis. She is set to play Annie after Will Smith’s daughter Willow dropped out.
The film is said to be on the scale of Les Misérables, with contracts and roles already signed.
The actress, best known for her music career and role in the 2002 adaptation of H.G. Wells's The Time Machine, is said to have revealed the news to her friends and family at a party last week.
A close friend told the Daily Mail: "She was absolutely thrilled that she had landed a lead role in a big-budget Hollywood musical.
"She had been sworn to secrecy over what the film was, but said it was going to be as big-budget as Les Miserables."
The source added that filming will start later this year.
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Paranorman voice actors Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Tempestt Bledsoe, Tucker Albrizzi, Jeff Garlin, Jodelle Ferland; moviemakers Sam Fell (director), Chris Butler (director/screenwriter), and Travis Knight (producer/lead animator); other guests include Aasha Davis, Amy Brenneman, Bella Thorne, Billy Unger, Breckin Meyer, Cimorelli, Daphne Blunt, Dave Foley, Dee Rees, Dylan Riley Snyder, Emma Kenney, Ernie Hudson, Gilles Marini, Holly Marie Combs, Judd Apatow, Justine Ezarik, Katherine McNamara, Kevin Misher, Lorene Scafaria, Ming-Na, Olivia Holt, Ricki Lake, Rob Morrow, Samantha Mumba, Sanaa Hamri, Shane Acker, Sierra McCormick, Taylor Armstrong, Taylor Spreitler, Teala Dunn, Tia Carrere, Tom Sizemore, Wayne Brady and many more!
ParaNorman is set
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The event will be held at Voyeur Nightclub, 7969 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood at 8pm. Celebrities expected include Sophie Monk, Taylor Armstrong, Samantha Mumba, Valery Ortiz, Jayde Nicole, Estella Warren, Andrea Gabriel and many more.
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