STX a mini-major entertainment company founded on 10th March 2014 by Bob Simonds and Bill McGlashan has come a long way in a short duration, as an integrated entertainment company to bridge the gap between the Chinese and the American entertainment industry. In four years, they have created, produced and distributed movies that have not only done good business at the box office but have struck a chord with the audience.
Following the approach of a mid-budget, star-centric film with a solid plot, the studio has delivered hits like The Gift, The Boy, Bad Moms, Valerian and the city of a Thousand Planets, The Foreigner, A Bad Mom’s Christmas, Molly’s Game, Den of Thieves, I Feel Pretty all of which have done a business of more than $50 million and more against a very economical budget.
The audience across the globe have grown to love and relate to the movies produced by the studio, and as a result of this the studio has won many awards and accolades at various award ceremonies and been nominated for many more. Some of which include:
In 2016, in only two years STXfilms since its inception it became the fastest studio ever in the history of Hollywood to earn $100 million at the domestic box office with the R-rated comedy Bad Moms starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn. The film has received excellent reviews and earned more than $180 million worldwide, It was also the most profitable film of the year (by net profit) in 2016. The film was also successful in bagging an award at The People’s Choice Award for Best Comedy.
The 2017 American crime drama Molly’s Game directed by Aaron Sorkin based on the true story of Molly Bloom, a beautiful, young, Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. It also got nominated at BAFTA, WGA, and Golden Globe for 2017.
The Edge of Seventeen a coming-of-age teenage drama film was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Movie of the Year, a Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Achievement in a First-Time Feature and also a Golden Globe Award for the lead Hailee Steinfeld. The film also has an approval rating of 95%, on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes
Genre films, although having a smaller audience have received recognition too. The psychological horror-thriller The Gift starring Joel Edgerton, Jason Bateman, and Rebecca Hall was nominated for a Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Achievement in a First-Time Feature and also won a ‘Sitges Film Festival’ and ‘Fangoria Chainsaw Award’.
Similarly ‘Space Between Us’ a story about the first human born on Mars, who begins an online friendship with Tulsa, a teen in Colorado starring Gary Oldman was nominated for Choice Sci-Fi Movie and Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards.
The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, a co-production of STX studios with Jackie Chan’s Sparkle Roll Media, crossed $100 million in global box office revenue in October 2017. The film has made a new record as one of the most successful U.S. and China co-productions till date, and has also been reviewed as “a clear winner given that it cost just $35 million” and also “a fine example of how a Chinese co-production can work”, by industry experts by setting a new benchmark.
With so many awards already under its name, STX still is just getting started with its ambitious projects and a lot of great content for the future.