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Flicks Flashback: Ace Ventura celebrates 20th anniversary

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All righty then!

It was 20 years ago this weekend Jim Carrey broke through to the mainstream with “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and never looked back. The movie spawned a sequel, an animated series and other one-offs that have made it a very profitable franchise.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Original Release Date: February 4, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $12, Opening: $12.1, Total: $72, Worldwide: $107.2

Flicks Facts:

-Ace Ventura’s unique voice and mannerisms was created by Jim Carrey. His trademark "all righty then" was part of standup act from before he became a actor.

-Rick Moranis was offered the role of Ace Ventura at one point and turned it down.

-A number of characters and places were named after people associated with the film.

  • "Shady Acres Mental Hospital" is named for director Tom Shadyac.
  • Ace’s landlord is named Mr. Shickadance. One of Carrey’s first apartments were managed by the Schikedanz Brothers.
  • Courtney Cox’s character Melissa Robinson, was named Jack Bernstein's daughter Melissa. Bernstein was one of the original writers.
  • John Capodice's character, Sgt. Aguado is named after producer Ken Aguado.

Other Notable Milestones

1 Year Ago
Identity Thief
Original Release Date: February 8, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $35, Opening: $34.5, Total: $134, Worldwide: $176

Flashback: Melissa McCarthy helped cement her headlining ability with this comedy which proved to be a smash hit for her and co-lead Jason Bateman.

5 Years Ago
He’s Just Not That Into You
Original Release Date: February 6, 2009
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $40, Opening: $27.8, Total: $93, Worldwide: $178

Flashback: Given the material it was based on many expected this one to be a slightly bigger hit than it was upon release. $93 million is still a respectable haul, but it wasn’t until its international opening did it really cross over to another milestone.

10 Years Ago
Barbershop 2: Back In Business
Original Release Date: January 6, 2004
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $18, Opening: $24.2, Total: $65, Worldwide: NA

Flashback: Modest budget, modest hit. Yet it still made $10 million less than the original.

15 Years Ago
Original Release Date: February 5, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $50, Opening: $21.2, Total: $81.5 Worldwide: $161

Flashback: Remember when Mel Gibson was a guaranteed draw at the box office…? Yeah, this is what it looked like.

Next week: Adam Sandler does it again.


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