By Peter Knegt | Indiewire July 22, 2011 at 3:45AM
We've got a new Friday feature: A retrospective box office chart, based on one of the top indie titles opening this weekend. Today, we're taking a look at the track record of Kristin Scott Thomas, star of Gilles Paquet-Brenner's "Sarah's Key."
Since achieving international recognition in the early 1990s through films like Roman Polanski's "Bitter Moon" and Mike Newell's "Four Weddings and a Funeral," Scott Thomas' remarkably eclectic career has ranged from from big-budget Hollywood dramas (Robert Redford's "The Horse Whisperer") to Oscar bait ("The English Patient," her highest grossing film and her sole Academy Award nomination).
More recently she's starred in a number of French films (of which "Sarah's Key" follows in the footsteps of foreign-language success stories like "Tell No One" and "I've Loved You So Long").
Also in the mix is one of Scott Thomas's earliest films -- and one she might want folks to forget -- 1986's "Under The Cherry Moon," where Scott Thomas played a wealthy heiress who falls in love with a gigolo played by Prince, who also directed (Scott-Thomas earned a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for worst supporting actress).
Here's her overall top ten; figures are for North America only and not adjusted for inflation. Also, we're only including films in which she played a significant role. (She was seventh billed in "Mission: Impossible," for example, so that's not included. Nor is her voice work in "The Golden Compass.")
1. The English Patient (Miramax, 1996) - $78,676,425
2. The Horse Whisperer (Disney, 1998) - $75,383,563
3. Four Weddings and a Funeral (Gramercy, 1994) - $52,700,832
4. Gosford Park (USA, 2001) - $41,308,615
5. Random Hearts (Sony, 1999) - $31,502,583
6. Life as a House (New Line, 2001) - $15,667,270
7. Under The Cherry Moon (Warner Brothers, 1986) -$10,090,429
8. Tell No One (Music Box, 1998) - $6,177,192
9. Angels & Insects (Samuel Goldwyn, 1996) - $3,414,301
10. I've Loved You So Long (Sony Classics, 2008) $3,169,305