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Top 10 sleeper films of 2000s listed

by Brandy McDonnell Published: December 31, 2009

“Paranormal Activity”

Rom-com “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” geek comedy “Napoleon Dynamite,” Oscar winner “Slumdog Millionaire” and this year’s “Paranormal Activity” are among the top 10 sleeper movie hits of the decade, as listed by The Hollywood Reporter.

Here is the trade publication’s top 10 list. (The HR’s story also delves into the audience appeal and cultural impact of each film and posts trailers for each one.)

On Friday, my colleagues Gene Triplett and George Lang and I will list our 10 favorite films of 2009. See my list here on BAM’s Blog Friday.

10. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (Sony Pictures Classics, 2000)

Budget: $17 million

Domestic gross: $128 million

9. “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” (Lionsgate, 2005)

Budget: $5.5 million

Domestic gross: $50.4 million

8. “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight, 2008)

Budget: $15 million

Domestic gross: $141.3 million

7. March of the Penguins (Warner Independent/National Geographic, 2005)

Budget: $8 million

Domestic gross: $77.4 million

6. Jackass: The Movie (Paramount, 2002)

Budget: $5 million

Domestic gross: $64.3 million

5. “Juno” (Fox Searchlight, 2007)

Budget: $7.5 million

Domestic gross: $143.5 million

4. “Saw” (Lionsgate, 2004)

Budget: $1.2 million

Domestic gross: $55.2 million

3. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (IFC, 2002)

Budget: $5 million

Domestic gross: $241.4 million

2. “Napoleon Dynamite” (Fox Searchlight/Paramount 2004)

Budget: $400,000

Domestic gross: $44.5 million

1. “Paranormal Activity” (Paramount, 2009)

Budget: $15,000

Domestic gross: $107.6 million

-BAM

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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