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Bullock breaks record

01.05.2010

In an event that’s both significant and slightly depressing, Sandra Bullock’s THE BLIND SIDE has set a record as the highest grossing female-led movie ever made, as it’s just passed the $200M mark.

The definition of “female-led” is up for debate, but other such high grossing entries were MAMMA MIA! ($144M) and PRETTY WOMAN ($178M), and those two had relatively large, known supporting casts, unlike BLIND SIDE.

What does this say about the state of the film industry in general, if this kind of event is heralded as a big deal? For one, there are far less female-led movies than male-led ones, which is a huge contributing factor to the disparity, but more significantly, it would seem that males have a harder time sucking it up to head out to see SEX AND THE CITY or MAMMIA MIA! than women have to go watch TRANSFORMERS 2 or AVATAR. I’m curious to hear your own thoughts on this issue, but congrats to Ms. Bullock for a banner year.

Extra Tidbit: Due to my mom's obsession with Sandra Bullock, growing up I've seen MS. CONGENIALITY no less than eighteen times.
Source: Variety

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11:47AM on 01/06/2010
as far as the "male sucking it up" factor, i can honestly say im not one of them, and its funny you mentioned S&TC, i saw that movie and actually loved it, im a fan of the series so, it was only natural that id like the movie :)

and altough i think sandra bullock has made a lot of "trashy movies" the last few years, i must say that i enjoyed both the proposal and the blind side, and i went and saw both with the missus, so, no problems with watching "girly" movies here :D :D

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as far as the "male sucking it up" factor, i can honestly say im not one of them, and its funny you mentioned S&TC, i saw that movie and actually loved it, im a fan of the series so, it was only natural that id like the movie :)

and altough i think sandra bullock has made a lot of "trashy movies" the last few years, i must say that i enjoyed both the proposal and the blind side, and i went and saw both with the missus, so, no problems with watching "girly" movies here :D :D

on a side note here, props to sandra bullock for a great 2009 :)
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11:12PM on 01/05/2010

Why it has made the money...

This movie made the money for two reasons. First, the advertisement for it was in the style of minimalism, which is naturally appealing to many minds these days. And second, it is a heart felt movie and word has passed of how pleasant of a movie it is.
This movie made the money for two reasons. First, the advertisement for it was in the style of minimalism, which is naturally appealing to many minds these days. And second, it is a heart felt movie and word has passed of how pleasant of a movie it is.
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7:01PM on 01/05/2010

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10:44PM on 01/05/2010
so you're saying men won't see Sex and the City because they're insecure about themselves? So you think that a lot of guys are dying to see it but won't? Really? I mean.. really? Did you even think about that comment or did you just type it out?
so you're saying men won't see Sex and the City because they're insecure about themselves? So you think that a lot of guys are dying to see it but won't? Really? I mean.. really? Did you even think about that comment or did you just type it out?
12:35AM on 01/06/2010
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1:05AM on 01/06/2010
That's my fault then.. I thought you were implying that based on his points in the article. Sorry to rant.
That's my fault then.. I thought you were implying that based on his points in the article. Sorry to rant.
1:10AM on 01/06/2010
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6:51PM on 01/05/2010
Good for her! She seems like a really nice person.
Good for her! She seems like a really nice person.
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5:54PM on 01/05/2010
Good for her as Sandra Bullock is one of my fav actresses, Blind Side was surprisingly very well made & deserves to be the hit it is. Wouldn't be surprised if she is nominated for an Oscar.
Good for her as Sandra Bullock is one of my fav actresses, Blind Side was surprisingly very well made & deserves to be the hit it is. Wouldn't be surprised if she is nominated for an Oscar.
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5:46PM on 01/05/2010
I'm not 100% but I'm pretty sure "female-led," in terms of this record, is a pretty convoluted concept that refers to a movie whose only dominant selling point/box-office draw is considered by studios and marketers to be the star power of its lead actress. Meaning no (famous) leading man, no one else's name above the title, and it's not a remake, sequel/franchise entry (except maybe the originator), adaptation of something that has a certain degree of popularity or fame (BLIND SIDE is an
I'm not 100% but I'm pretty sure "female-led," in terms of this record, is a pretty convoluted concept that refers to a movie whose only dominant selling point/box-office draw is considered by studios and marketers to be the star power of its lead actress. Meaning no (famous) leading man, no one else's name above the title, and it's not a remake, sequel/franchise entry (except maybe the originator), adaptation of something that has a certain degree of popularity or fame (BLIND SIDE is an adaptation but apparently the book doesn't qualify as a major box-office draw), or otherwise has a substantial built-in fan base stemming from anything other than the actress.

I think this is why fury159's suggestions -- TERMINATOR, ALIEN, SCREAM (female protagonists that aren't the the first-billed or biggest stars) -- wouldn't be eligible, and why the $200M+ grossers that Cammy Jake mentioned don't count. I think the reason MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING isn't in the running is because Vardalos was virtually unknown when it was released (and she had a more famous co-star in John Corbett), and is therefore considered an "indie crossover phenomenon" rather than a movie bolstered by female star power.

MAMMA MIA and PRETTY WOMAN don't meet the criteria either. I think Variety was just expanding into a more general discussion of chick flicks rather than placing those movies as past contenders in this specific Bullock record. I guess something like ERIN BROCKOVICH would pretty much fit the bill, as the Variety article notes.

P.S. Lay off the Tassi, guys. He's had about a decade to watch the flick that many times. That sounds like it comes out to a fairly reasonable amount of hours logged for quality mom time. Hell I've probably watched it at least a cumulative two times on TBS, and that was sans mom.
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3:36PM on 01/05/2010
Move out of your mom's house and you can stop watching Miss Congeniality.
Move out of your mom's house and you can stop watching Miss Congeniality.
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12:35AM on 01/06/2010
I should clarify that was all in high school.
I should clarify that was all in high school.
3:12PM on 01/05/2010
that extra tidbit was sad sad sad.
that extra tidbit was sad sad sad.
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3:02PM on 01/05/2010
btw.. there's a huge difference between a woman going to see a big action or adventure movie and a man going to see Sex and the City. I know a ton of women that like action movies.. it has nothing to do with being a man or a woman, it has to do with your personal taste. Most women I know loved Avatar as well. An action movie is a genre.. why would a guy want to see a 2 hour movie about women and their shopping obsession?
btw.. there's a huge difference between a woman going to see a big action or adventure movie and a man going to see Sex and the City. I know a ton of women that like action movies.. it has nothing to do with being a man or a woman, it has to do with your personal taste. Most women I know loved Avatar as well. An action movie is a genre.. why would a guy want to see a 2 hour movie about women and their shopping obsession?
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3:02PM on 01/05/2010

I would really like...

someone to explain to me WHY this movie made so much god damn money. I like Ms. Bullock, but I just don't get it.
someone to explain to me WHY this movie made so much god damn money. I like Ms. Bullock, but I just don't get it.
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3:02PM on 01/05/2010

Why is this slightly depressing


I don't get it.

Sandra Bullock is arite i guess. Plus this isnt really a chick flick, its based on a Michael Lewis book, about a player on the baddest defense in the NFL.

I don't get it.

Sandra Bullock is arite i guess. Plus this isnt really a chick flick, its based on a Michael Lewis book, about a player on the baddest defense in the NFL.
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3:05PM on 01/05/2010
too bad he plays on offense... and the Ravens D is far from the baddest anymore.
too bad he plays on offense... and the Ravens D is far from the baddest anymore.
3:02PM on 01/05/2010

Not quite

Three movies with a female lead (first billing) has made more than The Blind Side - Narnia, New Moon and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Three movies with a female lead (first billing) has made more than The Blind Side - Narnia, New Moon and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
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5:57PM on 01/05/2010
not quite. female led has nothing to do with first billing, it has to do with the female lead being the main selling pointg of the movie. in none of those examples, that is the case. Narnia sold on the strength of the books, New Moon as well plus teenage girls interest in the romance and the male lead, and Greek Wedding sold on the concept. thanks for playing.
not quite. female led has nothing to do with first billing, it has to do with the female lead being the main selling pointg of the movie. in none of those examples, that is the case. Narnia sold on the strength of the books, New Moon as well plus teenage girls interest in the romance and the male lead, and Greek Wedding sold on the concept. thanks for playing.
2:57PM on 01/05/2010
Maybe you should move out of your moms place then
Maybe you should move out of your moms place then
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2:50PM on 01/05/2010
The Blind Side was a great film with a great story and Sandy B was the driving force of the film. She deserves whatever good things are coming to her.
The Blind Side was a great film with a great story and Sandy B was the driving force of the film. She deserves whatever good things are coming to her.
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2:34PM on 01/05/2010

Good for her

I've been waiting for Sandra to get a role that would push her into the legion of fine actresses rather than just the cute RomCom category. Blind Side was alot better than people give it credit for. And the girl, at the very least, deserves a nomination come Oscar time.
I've been waiting for Sandra to get a role that would push her into the legion of fine actresses rather than just the cute RomCom category. Blind Side was alot better than people give it credit for. And the girl, at the very least, deserves a nomination come Oscar time.
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2:15PM on 01/05/2010
Sandra Bullock has had a long solid career but hasn't done anything really great. The Blind Side was ok but the whole thing felt like an ABC Family drama.. it felt so... fake. There has never once been a moment in my life where I went to myself "Wow, I HAVE to see Sandra Bullock in _______"
Sandra Bullock has had a long solid career but hasn't done anything really great. The Blind Side was ok but the whole thing felt like an ABC Family drama.. it felt so... fake. There has never once been a moment in my life where I went to myself "Wow, I HAVE to see Sandra Bullock in _______"
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2:13PM on 01/05/2010
Wait to go, Sandy. I love this chick. If that whore Meryl Streep beats her out for Best Actress I'll personally go and cut off the old hags giant hairy ballsack.
Wait to go, Sandy. I love this chick. If that whore Meryl Streep beats her out for Best Actress I'll personally go and cut off the old hags giant hairy ballsack.
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2:08PM on 01/05/2010
"Scream" considered female led? I know none of them grossed two hundred mill, but there's a few genre pics with female protagonists, do those factor at all? I'd consider the first "Terminator" and the "Alien" series...
"Scream" considered female led? I know none of them grossed two hundred mill, but there's a few genre pics with female protagonists, do those factor at all? I'd consider the first "Terminator" and the "Alien" series...
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1:45PM on 01/05/2010
Hey, good for her! She's been getting shit on with some of her past movie choices (honestly, I haven't seen any as of late)...but I declare her a hottie and damn fine actress in her own right.
Hey, good for her! She's been getting shit on with some of her past movie choices (honestly, I haven't seen any as of late)...but I declare her a hottie and damn fine actress in her own right.
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