''Garden State,'' ''Ghost,'' ''Bridesmaids,'' and more underdogs that found box office glory in blockbuster season
Released: July 28, 2004 (limited); Aug. 20, 2004 (wide)
Budget: $2.5 million
Box office: $35.8 million*
It may not have racked up some of the blowout numbers of films to come in this list, but Zach Braff's directorial debut struck a chord with twenty- and thirtysomethings struggling to find their way in adulthood. Buoyed by its ''life-changing'' soundtrack, the film beautifully balanced humor, romance, pathos, and this dog.
*Unless otherwise noted, all figures are global total from BoxOfficeMojo.com.
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