Brendan Fraser may not always make the best choices with some of his movies, but “The Mummy” was one of his smartest decisions. It spawned two sequels, a theme park ride and helped launch Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s film career. So overall…a good move.
Original Release Date: May 7, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $80, Opening: $43.3, Total: $155.3, Worldwide: $416.3
- Leonardo DiCaprio was interested in the lead role but had to pass due to his commitment to “The Beach.”
-The film’s signature library disaster sequence was done in one take. Had they needed a second it would have taken an entire day to re-shoot.
-Early versions of the film had horror legends Clive Barker and George A. Romero attached.
Other Notable Milestones
1 Year Ago
The Great Gatsby
Original Release Date: May 3, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $190, Opening: $50, Total: $144.8, Worldwide: $351
Flashback: Leonardo DiCaprio’s turn as the famed literary character didn’t net him the award buzz it was once rumored but it did score over $350 million worldwide. Not a bad second prize.
5 Years Ago
Original Release Date: May 8, 2009
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $140, Opening: $79, Total: $257.7, Worldwide: $385.6
Flashback: J.J. Abrams reboot of the classic TV series was a massive success.
10 Years Ago
Original Release Date: May 7, 2004
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $170, Opening: $51.7, Total: $120.1, Worldwide: $300.1
Flashback: Unlike “The Mummy,” this was a franchise that never got off the ground though the film did make money.
20 Years Ago
Original Release Date: May 6, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: NA, Opening: $3.1, Total: $7.3, Worldwide: NA
Flashback: The Dana Carvey didn’t do much at the box office or on cable but still has its moments.
Next week: Tom Hanks goes back to the “code.”