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'Juno' passes $100M mark

Feb. 1, 2008 at 1:37 PM   |   Comments

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Fox Searchlight announced its Oscar-nominated comedy "Juno" has become the Hollywood studio's first film to cross the $100 million mark at the box office.

Starring Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney, the movie has been mentioned on more than 175 year-end Top 10 lists and earned four Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture.

The film's box-office grosses eclipse the previous Fox Searchlight record of $71.5 million, which was set by "Sideways" in 2004.

"This is an astonishing feat for us and the film has surpassed all our expectations. When you have a quality film of this caliber made by amazingly talented filmmakers and actors who truly believe and support a project, you can only succeed," Fox Searchlight President Peter Rice said in a statement. "We knew this film had cross-over potential and it has resonated with audiences all across the country. The entire marketing, distribution and publicity team has poured its heart and soul into making this a phenomenal success and their efforts have been truly remarkable."

"Juno" was written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman.

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