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Not Every Great Film Needs a Big Budget
Author: Greg Nelson

This week, like every week, brings with it an abundance of new film releases. From big budget feature films with big name stars to low budget independent movies just trying to find an audience, there is never a lack of options for fans of the big screen.
Some recent April releases stretched to both ends of the spectrum: from Date Night starring Steve Carell, Tina Fey and Mark Wahlberg to Breaking Upwards, an indie piece produced by and starring Zoe Lister-Jones and Darly Wein. Somewhere in the middle of that spectrum falls a third release – Letters to God, directed by David Nixon and Patrick Doughties.

The advantages of Date Night are obvious. Two hot comedic stars, lots of pre-release marketing, national distribution and a fully loaded web site ( are just the start of what’s sure to make this movie a box office success. And based on early returns, it was indeed an instant success, earning more than $25 million during its opening weekend.

Meanwhile, the Christian drama film, Letters to God, debuted in smaller markets and finished its opening weekend #10 at the box office with earnings in excess of $1.1 million. With a production budget of $3 million, the film is expected to remain in theaters for several months before hitting video outlets.

The independent Breaking Upwards was reportedly produced on a budget of just $15,000 and enjoyed a limited release in theaters. The film earned slightly more than that $15,000 during its opening weekend and has garnered in excess of $57,000 over the first couple weeks.

But while the big budget bonanzas are getting the lion’s share of the media attention, some of the best and brightest filmmaking is found within those smaller budget movies and independent releases.

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