The actress' football-family drama 'The Blind Side' has become the first film in history driven solely by a female star to top the $200 million domestic box office mark, a feat it accomplished this weekend, according to a report in Variety. Call it a touchdown and a two-point conversion for Sandra Bullock in 2009.
The actress' football-family drama 'The Blind Side' has become the first film in history driven solely by a female star to top the $200 million domestic box office mark, a feat it accomplished this weekend, according to a report in Variety.
'The Blind Side' has racked up a total of $208.5 mil in seven weeks of release.
This follows the success of the rom-com 'The Proposal,' which co-starred Ryan Reynolds and took in more than $160 million at the box office. It's certainly been a banner year for Bullock, who didn't release a film in 2008 and starred only in the lukewarm thriller 'Premonition' in 2007.
But it's been 'Blind Side' that's put her over the top. The film seamlessly merges two time-honored Hollywood themes into one: the sports film and the family drama. Bullock hits all the right notes as Leigh Anne Tuohy, the Southern housewife who takes the wayward Michael Oher (played by Quinton Aaron) into her home. It's a clash of cultures with tons of heart and on-field football action, to boot.
Bullock's role of Tuohy might garner her her first Oscar. Bullock to this point has been known for her roles in action flicks ('Speed') and comedies ('Miss Congeniality') and other sorted lighter fare, but 'Blind Side' has show another side of her to awards voters. She's racked up best actress nominations from the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards, and the thinking is an Academy nod is all but in her khaki Gucci bag.
Other big scores for female driven films include Julia Roberts' 'Erin Brockovich', which nabbed $125.6 million domestically in 2000 and Meryl Streep's 'The Devil Wears Prada,' a $124.7 million earner in 2006. 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding,' made $241.1 mil domestically in 2002, but that title is not considered to be driven by a female lead. Nia Vardalos and John Corbett starred in it.
On the field, Oher is playing in the NFL now and his team, the Baltimore Ravens, face the New England Patriots in the playoffs on Sunday. Protect the family, Michael.