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Flicks Flashback: Adam Sandler's '50 First Dates' becomes Valentine's Day hit

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Interestingly enough you’d expect this weekend to have produced more romance themed films than others, but given the particular years we usually look at it, there were only a handful, including one Adam Sandler’s most successful.

50 First Dates
Original Release Date: February 13, 2004
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $75, Opening: $39.8, Total: $120, Worldwide: $196

Flicks Facts:

-George Wing, who wrote the script, originally set the movie in Seattle, his hometown.

-Rob Schneider always have a unique role in Sandler’s movies, in this case it was a character Ula who was inspired by a Tongan concierge at a rental property Sandler, Schneider and co-star Drew Barrymore often visited.

- The movie was originally entitled "50 First Kisses" but was changed because it was too similar to another Drew Barrymore movie…“Never Been Kissed.”

Other Notable Milestones

1 Year Ago
A Good Day To Die Hard
Original Release Date: February 15, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $92, Opening: $24.8, Total: $67, Worldwide: $304

Flashback: It may not have screamed “Valentine’s Day,” and it may not have been the best one in the franchise’s history, but it made $300 million when all was said and done so there’s that.

5 Years Ago
Friday The 13th
Original Release Date: February 13, 2009
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $17, Opening: $40.5, Total: $65, Worldwide: $91

Flashback: This was definitely a unique decision to release the latest installment of the horror franchise on V-Day, but it made money.

15 Years Ago
Message In A Bottle
Original Release Date: January 6, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $30, Opening: $18.8, Total: $52, Worldwide: NA

Flashback: Kevin Costner + Romance Drama = $$$. Or at least it did back in 1999.

20 Years Ago
The Getaway

Original Release Date: February 11, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $NA, Opening: $5.8, Total: $52

Flashback: Remember when Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger got along…this was during that time.

Next week: A cult classic redefines working in the “Office."


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