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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?
January 2000, one week
Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name, »
From its new offices atop the tallest building in Burbank, Stx Entertainment literally towers over the competition.
Backlots at Warner Bros., Disney and Universal can be glimpsed from the windows of the start-up company’s gleaming headquarters. The view is emblematic of Stx’s immense ambitions — to carve out a place for itself as the next major Hollywood studio.
Stx was launched last year by film producer Robert Simonds and Tpg managing partner Bill McGlashan with a mission to fill a hole in an entertainment business that has become fixated on budget-busting superhero epics. Instead of cooking up its own answer to the Marvel universe, the studio plans to produce films in the $20 million to $80 million budget range with big-name actors. It aims to release as many as 15 films annually by 2017, and already has lined up projects with Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, director Gary Ross and “The Purge” producer Jason Blum. »
- Brent Lang
Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »
- Andre Soares
Adapted from the 2012 novel by Ben Fountain, the story focuses on a Dallas Cowboys game at Thanksgiving, where the members of military outfit Bravo Squad are being recognized for their contribution in Iraq. Naturally this venue sets the scene for flashbacks to traumatic times and the opening of old wounds. Martin’s role is not yet known, but he’ll appear alongside Joe Alwyn and Garrett Hedlund.
Intriguingly the book mentions Destiny’s Child as the halftime act, who Bravo guest with as part of the festivities. Beyonce herself enticed the comedian in misfiring The Pink Panther, so perhaps a reunion of sorts is on the cards.
In recent years Martin has focused on big screen comedy, plying his »
- Steve Palace
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