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-'''Mainstream films''' are [[commercial]] [[film]]s that know a [[wide release]] and play in first run theatres (A [[movie theater]] that runs primarily [[mainstream]] film fare from the major film companies and distributors, during the initial release period of each film). Being sold at popular stores (such as [[]] or its affiliates), or more typically, at [[general store]]s (such as [[Wal-Mart]] and its affiliates) can also be an indicator. [[Hollywood]] movies are usually considered mainstream and [[Blockbuster (entertainment)|blockbuster]]s are also mainstream films. The boundary is vague. Mainstream suggests middle-of-the-road and implies [[commercialism|commercial]] viability, sometimes implying that the commercial viability is tantamount to a loss of artistic creativity. The opposite of mainstream film may be [[experimental film]], [[art film]] or [[cult film]].+
-== In film ==+
-'''Mainstream films''' can best be defined as commercial films that are made by major entertainment studios or companies that are owned by international [[media conglomerate]]s. Because of better financing, these films can afford more expensive actors, [[wide release]]s or [[limited release]]s, and are sold at popular retail stores. This has become known as the studio system. Films made by major studios or companies that are not owned by a media conglomerate but are distributed by a company owned by a media conglomerate (see [[Lucasfilm]]) are also considered to be mainstream and are often referred to as mainstream [[independent films]]. Companies that are completely independent, such as [[Lionsgate]], also produce mainstream films, from a cultural standpoint, but independent of the studio system. The alternative to mainstream films are sub genre films that appeal to a certain audience, such as African American films. [[Low budget film]]s, [[art film]]s, and [[experimental film]]s are often the starting point for entertainers who wish to enter into the mainstream circuit or a sub genre circuit. Mainstream films are targeted for all cultures and audiences, with the dominating culture and audience being the primary marketing focus, while sub genre films are maketed towards only one specific culture and audience. Mainstream films often recruit talent from all film genres and backgrounds.+
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-== Bestsellers and the mainstream film industry ==+
-[[Bestseller]]s play a significant role in the [[mainstream]] movie industry. There is a long-standing [[Cinema of the United States|Hollywood]] practice of turning fiction bestsellers into feature films. Many, if not the majority, of modern movie "classics" began as bestsellers. On the ''[[Publisher's Weekly]]'' fiction bestsellers of the year charts, we find: #2. ''[[The Godfather]]'' (1969); #1. ''[[Love Story]]'' (1970); #2. ''[[The Exorcist]]'' (1971); #3. ''[[Jaws]]'' (1974); among many others. Several of each year's fiction bestsellers ultimately are made into high-profile movies. Being a bestseller novel in the U.S. during the last forty years has guaranteed consideration for a big budget, wide-release movie.+
-== See also ==+
-*[[First-run movie theatre]]+
-*[[General audience]]+
-*[[Genre film]]+
-*[[Popular culture]]+

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