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You can throw hundreds of millions of dollars at your fasts, your furiouses, and your double-oh's seven. OR, you can just get some funny people in a room and give 'em a thousand bucks each to make cinema history.

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Garden State $2.5 MILLION CRACKED.CO This saccharine Zach Braff quirk-gasm pulled in $36 million in theaters, and, more importantly, got The Shins added to every mixtape on the continent for half a decade.

Lost In Translation $4 MILLION CRACKED.COM Surprisingly low-key performances from Anna Faris and Bill Murray raked in almost $120 million at the box office.
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