Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Fox Searchlight Pictures
Type Subsidiary
Industry Entertainment industry
Founded Los Angeles, California, US (1994)
Headquarters Century City, Los Angeles, United States
Key people Stephen A. Gilula, Co-President
Nancy Utley, Co-President
Products Motion pictures
Revenue Increase $6.50 million (2007)[1]
Owners News Corporation (1994 (1994)–2013 (2013))
21st Century Fox (2013 (2013)–present)
Parent 20th Century Fox
Website www.foxsearchlight.com

Fox Searchlight Pictures, established in 1994, is an American film distribution company within the Fox Entertainment Group, a sister company of the larger Fox studio 20th Century Fox. It specializes in US distribution of independent and British films, alongside dramedy and horror as well as non-English-language films, and is sometimes also involved in the financing of these films.

From 1982 to 1985, prior to the creation of Searchlight, Fox previously released independent films and specialty releases under the banner of 20th Century-Fox International Classics, later renamed 20th Century-Fox Specialized Film Division, then TLC Films. The most notable of the releases under these banners include Bill Cosby: Himself, Eating Raoul, The Gods Must Be Crazy, Reuben, Reuben, and Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.[2]

In 2006, a sub-label, Fox Atomic, was created to produce and/or distribute genre films. Its first release was Turistas. Fox Atomic closed down in 2009.

As is the case with Fox's television unit, all copyright notices of programming produced by a Fox-related company (with some exceptions) bear the copyright of the overall film studio, i.e. "© (respective year) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation".

Fox Searchlight's Slumdog Millionaire and 12 Years a Slave have both won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 81st Academy Awards and 86th Academy Awards respectively, as well as a further 7 Academy Awards for Slumdog Millionaire and a further 2 Academy Awards for 12 Years a Slave. Other Fox Searchlight films receiving Best Picture nominations include The Full Monty, Sideways, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, Black Swan, 127 Hours, The Tree of Life, The Descendants and Beasts of the Southern Wild. Slumdog Millionaire is also Searchlight's largest commercial success, with over $377 million (US) of box office receipts, against a production budget of only $15 million.

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The Fox Searchlight Pictures logo is quite similar to the regular 20th Century-Fox logo, with even Alfred Newman's "fanfare music" accompanying it.

List of releases[edit]

1990s[edit]

Release date Film title Budget Gross (worldwide) Notes
August 9, 1995 The Brothers McMullen $23,800 $10,426,506
March 22, 1996 Girl 6 $4,939,939
June 14, 1996 Stealing Beauty $4,722,310
August 23, 1996 She's the One $3.5 million $9,538,948
October 11, 1996 Looking for Richard $1,408,575
November 8, 1996 The Secret Agent $106,606
February 21, 1997 Blood and Wine $26 million $1,094,668
February 28, 1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow $35 million $2,372,903
March 28, 1997 Love and Other Catastrophes $250,000 $294,212
April 11, 1997 Paradise Road $2,007,100
May 16, 1997 The Van $712,095
June 6, 1997 Intimate Relations $53,662
July 23, 1997 Star Maps $661,465
August 13, 1997 The Full Monty $3.5 million $257,938,649 Winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Film.
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Nominee of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
October 31, 1997 The Ice Storm $18 million $8,038,061
December 31, 1997 Oscar and Lucinda AUD16 million $1,897,404
April 24, 1998 Two Girls and a Guy $1 million $2,057,193
May 1, 1998 Shooting Fish $375,261
May 21, 1998 Slums of Beverly Hills $5 million $5,502,773
June 12, 1998 Cousin Bette $1,295,144
July 17, 1998 Polish Wedding $692,588
October 2, 1998 The Impostors $2,198,044
November 20, 1998 Waking Ned Devine $3 million $55,257,450
February 26, 1999 20 Dates $60,000 $541,636
March 26, 1999 Among Giants
April 26, 1999 A Midsummer Night's Dream $11 million $16,071,990
September 10, 1999 Best Laid Plans $7 million $27,816
September 10, 1999 Whiteboyz $38,738
October 8, 1999 Boys Don't Cry $2 million $11,540,607
October 29, 1999 Dreaming of Joseph Lees $12,044
December 26, 1999 Titus $20 million $2,007,290

2000s[edit]

Film title Release date Budget Gross (worldwide) Notes
The Closer You Get February 25, 2000
Soft Fruit March 17, 2000
Chinese Coffee September 2, 2000
Woman on Top September 22, 2000 $8 million $10,194,274
Bootmen October 6, 2000 $2,720,302
Quills November 22, 2000 $17,989,227 Winner of the National Board of Review Award for Best Film.
Kingdom Come April 11, 2001 $7 million $23,396,049
Sexy Beast June 13, 2001 £3 million ($4.9 million) $10,045,677
The Deep End August 8, 2001 $2 million $10,031,529
Waking Life October 19, 2001 $3,176,880
Super Troopers February 15, 2002 $1.2 million $23,182,223
Kissing Jessica Stein March 13, 2002 $1 million $10,013,424
The Good Girl August 7, 2002 $5 million $16,856,124
One Hour Photo August 21, 2002 $12 million $52,223,306
Brown Sugar October 11, 2002 $8 million $28,316,451
Antwone Fisher December 19, 2002 $12.5 million $23,367,586
Bend It Like Beckham March 12, 2003 £3 million ($4.9 million) $76,583,333
L'Auberge espagnole March 21, 2003 £5.01 million ($8.2 million) £24.4 million
The Good Thief April 2, 2003 $25 million $5,756,945
The Dancer Upstairs May 2, 2003 $5,227,348
28 Days Later June 27, 2003 £5 million ($8.2 million) $82,719,885
Garage Days July 18, 2003 $32,500
Lucia, Lucia July 25, 2003 €3.3 million ($4.7 million) $267,495
Le Divorce August 8, 2003 $12,991,996
Thirteen August 21, 2003 $2 million $10,128,960
In America November 26, 2003 $25,382,911
The Dreamers February 6, 2004 $15 million $15,121,165
Club Dread February 27, 2004 $8.55 million $7,565,807
Never Die Alone March 26, 2004 $3 million $5,923,000
Johnson Family Vacation April 7, 2004 $12 million $31,462,753
Napoleon Dynamite June 11, 2004 $400,000 $46,118,097
The Clearing July 2, 2004 $12,520,799
Garden State July 28, 2004 $2.5 million $35,825,316
I ♥ Huckabees October 1, 2004 $22 million $20,072,172
Sideways October 22, 2004 $16 million $109,706,931 Winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Kinsey November 12, 2004 $11 million $16,918,723 Nominee of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama.
Millions March 11, 2005 $11,782,282
Melinda and Melinda March 18, 2005 $20,085,825
Separate Lies September 16, 2005 $923,347
Roll Bounce September 23, 2005 $17,500,866
Bee Season November 11, 2005 $14 million $6,856,989
The Ringer December 23, 2005 $40,442,437
Imagine Me & You January 27, 2006 $2,635,305
Night Watch February 17, 2006 $4.2 million $33,899,078
The Hills Have Eyes March 10, 2006 $15 million $69,623,713
Thank You for Smoking March 17, 2006 $6.5 million $39,323,027 Nominee of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
Phat Girlz April 7, 2006 $3 million $7,403,491
Water April 28, 2006 $10,422,387
Little Miss Sunshine July 26, 2006 $8 million $100,523,181 Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Nominee of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
Trust the Man August 18, 2006 $10 million $7,353,118
Confetti September 15, 2006 $4,903,131
The Last King of Scotland September 27, 2006 $6 million $48,363,516
Fast Food Nation November 17, 2006 $2,209,322
The History Boys November 21, 2006 £2 million $13,401,952
Notes on a Scandal December 25, 2006 £15 million $49,752,391
The Namesake March 9, 2007 $12 million $20,138,836
I Think I Love My Wife March 16, 2007 $11 million $13,196,245
28 Weeks Later May 11, 2007 $15 million $64,238,440
Once May 16, 2007 €130,000 ($160,000) $20,710,513 Top 10 Independent Films of the Year - 2007 National Board of Review Awards.
Waitress May 25, 2007 $2 million $22,179,430 Top 10 Independent Films of the Year - 2007 National Board of Review Awards.
Day Watch June 1, 2007 116.2 RUB ($4.2 million) $38,862,712
Joshua July 6, 2007 $482,355
Sunshine July 27, 2007 £20 million $32,017,803
The Darjeeling Limited October 26, 2007 $17.5 million $35,078,918
Hotel Chevalier October 26, 2007
The Savages November 28, 2007 $9 million $10,642,023 Top 10 Independent Films of the Year - 2007 National Board of Review Awards.
Juno December 5, 2007 $6.5 million $231,411,584 Nominee for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Nominee for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
La Misma Luna (Under the Same Moon) March 19, 2008 $23,311,391
Young@Heart April 9, 2008 $7,097,002
Street Kings April 11, 2008 $20 million $65,572,887
The Onion Movie June 3, 2008
Choke September 26, 2008 $3.4 million $3,982,459
The Secret Life of Bees October 17, 2008 $11 million $39,947,322
Slumdog Millionaire November 12, 2008 £9.2 million ($15 million) $377,910,544 Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama.
Winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Film.
The Wrestler December 17, 2008 $6 million $44,703,995 Winner of the Golden Lion
Notorious January 16, 2009 $20 million $40,484,427
Miss March March 13, 2009 $4,591,629
My Life in Ruins June 5, 2009 $17 million $20,455,276
(500) Days of Summer July 17, 2009 $7.5 million $60,722,734 Nominee of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
Adam July 29, 2009 $3.2 million $2,549,605 Winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Whip It October 2, 2009 $15 million $16,633,035
Amelia October 23, 2009 $40 million $19,642,013
Gentlemen Broncos October 30, 2009 $10 million $118,492
Crazy Heart December 16, 2009 $7 million $47,405,566

2010s[edit]

Release Date Film Title Budget Gross (worldwide) Notes
February 12, 2010 My Name Is Khan $8.4 million $42,345,360
March 12, 2010 Our Family Wedding $21,409,028
May 14, 2010 Just Wright $12 million $21,570,263
June 18, 2010 Cyrus $7 million $9,923,855
September 15, 2010 Never Let Me Go $15 million $9,455,232
October 15, 2010 Conviction $12.5 million $9,710,055
November 24, 2010 127 Hours $18 million $57,335,230 Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Nominee of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama.
December 3, 2010 Black Swan $13 million $329,398,046 Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Nominee of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama.
February 11, 2011 Cedar Rapids $6,861,102 Top 10 Independent Films of the Year - 2011 National Board of Review Awards
March 18, 2011 Win Win $10,831,173 Top 10 Independent Films of the Year - 2011 National Board of Review Awards
April 22, 2011 Dum Maro Dum INR200 million ($4.4 million) INR495 million ($11 million) (Every logo found in 1991 to 2012)
May 27, 2011 The Tree of Life $32 million $53,173,563 Winner of the Palme d'Or.
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture.
June 17, 2011 The Art of Getting By $1,430,241
July 15, 2011 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan $6 million $1,645,327
July 22, 2011 Another Earth $200,000 $1,297,710 Winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Winner of Special Jury Prize: World Cinema - Dramatic, 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Top 10 Independent Films of the Year - 2011 National Board of Review Awards.
September 30, 2011 Margaret $6.2 million $46,495
October 21, 2011 Martha Marcy May Marlene $2,900,625
November 16, 2011 The Descendants $20,000,000 $177,243,185 Winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama.
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture.
December 2, 2011 Shame $6.5 million $7,017,793 Top 10 Independent Films of the Year - 2011 National Board of Review Awards
April 27, 2012 Sound of My Voice $424,088
May 4, 2012 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $10 million $136,836,156
June 8, 2012 Lola Versus $440,200
June 27, 2012 Beasts of the Southern Wild $21,099,278 Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture.
July 25, 2012 Ruby Sparks $9,128,263
October 19, 2012 The Sessions $1 million (approx.) $9,138,338
November 23, 2012 Hitchcock $23,570,541
March 1, 2013 Stoker $12 million $9,356,992
April 5, 2013 Trance $20 million $22,068,964
May 31, 2013 The East $2,374,320
July 5, 2013 The Way, Way Back
September 18, 2013 Enough Said
September 27, 2013 Baggage Claim
October 18, 2013 12 Years a Slave $18 million $178,136,446 Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama.
Winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Film.
November 27, 2013 Black Nativity $17.5 million $7,454,185
March 7, 2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel $31 million $172,711,636
April 2, 2014 Dom Hemingway
May 2, 2014 Belle
July 18, 2014 I Origins
August 1, 2014 Calvary

Upcomings[edit]

Film Title Release Date
The Drop September 12, 2014
Birdman October 17, 2014
Wild December 5, 2014
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel March 6, 2015
Far From the Madding Crowd May 1, 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fox Searchlight Pictures Company Profile". 
  2. ^ Tzioumakis, Yannis (2012). Hollywood's Indies: Classics Divisions, Specialty Labels and the American Film Market, pp. 55-58. Edinburgh University Press.

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