Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Fox Searchlight Pictures
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]
Owner 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 , 12 Years a Slave , and Birdman have all won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 81st Academy Awards , 86th Academy Awards , and 87th Academy Awards respectively, as well as a further 12 Academy Awards combined. 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, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. 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 $12 million $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 $16 million $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
February 25, 2000 The Closer You Get
March 17, 2000 Soft Fruit
September 2, 2000 Chinese Coffee
September 22, 2000 Woman on Top $8 million $10,194,274
October 6, 2000 Bootmen $2,720,302
November 22, 2000 Quills $17,989,227 Winner of the National Board of Review Award for Best Film.
April 11, 2001 Kingdom Come $7 million $23,396,049
June 13, 2001 Sexy Beast £3 million ($4.9 million) $10,045,677
August 8, 2001 The Deep End $2 million $10,031,529
October 19, 2001 Waking Life $3,176,880
February 15, 2002 Super Troopers $1.2 million $23,182,223
March 13, 2002 Kissing Jessica Stein $1 million $10,013,424
August 7, 2002 The Good Girl $5 million $16,856,124
August 21, 2002 One Hour Photo $12 million $52,223,306
October 11, 2002 Brown Sugar $8 million $28,316,451
December 19, 2002 Antwone Fisher $12.5 million $23,367,586
March 12, 2003 Bend It Like Beckham £3 million ($4.9 million) $76,583,333
March 21, 2003 L'Auberge espagnole £5.01 million ($8.2 million) £24.4 million
April 2, 2003 The Good Thief $25 million $5,756,945
May 2, 2003 The Dancer Upstairs $5,227,348
June 27, 2003 28 Days Later £5 million ($8.2 million) $82,719,885
July 18, 2003 Garage Days $32,500
July 25, 2003 Lucia, Lucia €3.3 million ($4.7 million) $267,495
August 8, 2003 Le Divorce $12,991,996
August 21, 2003 Thirteen $2 million $10,128,960
November 26, 2003 In America $25,382,911
February 6, 2004 The Dreamers $15 million $15,121,165
February 27, 2004 Club Dread $8.55 million $7,565,807
March 26, 2004 Never Die Alone $3 million $5,923,000
April 7, 2004 Johnson Family Vacation $12 million $31,462,753
June 11, 2004 Napoleon Dynamite $400,000 $46,118,097
July 2, 2004 The Clearing $12,520,799
July 28, 2004 Garden State $2.5 million $35,825,316
October 1, 2004 I ♥ Huckabees $22 million $20,072,172
October 22, 2004 Sideways $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.
November 12, 2004 Kinsey $11 million $16,918,723 Nominee of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama.
March 11, 2005 Millions $11,782,282
March 18, 2005 Melinda and Melinda $20,085,825
September 16, 2005 Separate Lies $923,347
September 23, 2005 Roll Bounce $17,500,866
November 11, 2005 Bee Season $14 million $6,856,989
December 23, 2005 The Ringer $40,442,437
January 27, 2006 Imagine Me & You $2,635,305
February 17, 2006 Night Watch $4.2 million $33,899,078
March 10, 2006 The Hills Have Eyes $15 million $69,623,713
March 17, 2006 Thank You for Smoking $6.5 million $39,323,027 Nominee of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
April 7, 2006 Phat Girlz $3 million $7,403,491
April 28, 2006 Water $10,422,387
July 26, 2006 Little Miss Sunshine $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.
August 18, 2006 Trust the Man $10 million $7,353,118
September 15, 2006 Confetti $4,903,131
September 27, 2006 The Last King of Scotland $6 million $48,363,516
November 17, 2006 Fast Food Nation $2,209,322
November 21, 2006 The History Boys £2 million $13,401,952
December 25, 2006 Notes on a Scandal £15 million $49,752,391
March 9, 2007 The Namesake $12 million $20,138,836
March 16, 2007 I Think I Love My Wife $11 million $13,196,245
May 11, 2007 28 Weeks Later $15 million $64,238,440
May 16, 2007 Once €130,000 ($160,000) $20,710,513 Top 10 Independent Films of the Year - 2007 National Board of Review Awards.
May 25, 2007 Waitress $2 million $22,179,430 Top 10 Independent Films of the Year - 2007 National Board of Review Awards.
June 1, 2007 Day Watch 116.2 RUB ($4.2 million) $38,862,712
July 6, 2007 Joshua $482,355
July 27, 2007 Sunshine £20 million $32,017,803
October 26, 2007 The Darjeeling Limited $17.5 million $35,078,918
Hotel Chevalier
November 28, 2007 The Savages $9 million $10,642,023 Top 10 Independent Films of the Year - 2007 National Board of Review Awards.
December 5, 2007 Juno $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
March 19, 2008 La Misma Luna (Under the Same Moon) $23,311,391
April 9, 2008 Young@Heart $7,097,002
April 11, 2008 Street Kings $20 million $65,572,887
June 3, 2008 The Onion Movie
September 26, 2008 Choke $3.4 million $3,982,459
October 17, 2008 The Secret Life of Bees $11 million $39,947,322
November 12, 2008 Slumdog Millionaire £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.
December 17, 2008 The Wrestler $6 million $44,703,995 Winner of the Golden Lion
January 16, 2009 Notorious $20 million $40,484,427
March 13, 2009 Miss March $4,591,629
June 5, 2009 My Life in Ruins $17 million $20,455,276
July 17, 2009 (500) Days of Summer $7.5 million $60,722,734 Nominee of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
July 29, 2009 Adam $3.2 million $2,549,605 Winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
October 2, 2009 Whip It $15 million $16,633,035
October 23, 2009 Amelia $40 million $19,642,013
October 30, 2009 Gentlemen Broncos $10 million $118,492
December 16, 2009 Crazy Heart $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 Winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Nominee of the Academy Award for Best Picture
April 2, 2014 Dom Hemingway
May 2, 2014 Belle
July 18, 2014 I Origins
August 1, 2014 Calvary
September 12, 2014 The Drop
October 17, 2014 Birdman Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Nominee of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
December 5, 2014 Wild

Upcomings[edit]

Film Title Release Date
March 6, 2015 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
April 17, 2015 True Story
May 1, 2015 Far From the Madding Crowd
July 1, 2015 Me & Earl & the Dying Girl
2015 A Bigger Splash
TBA Brooklyn
Demolition
Mistress America

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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