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Flicks Flashback: Brendan Fraser's 'The Mummy' franchise celebrates 15 years

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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.

The Mummy
Original Release Date: May 7, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $80, Opening: $43.3, Total: $155.3, Worldwide: $416.3

Flicks Facts:

- 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
Star Trek
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
Van Helsing
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
Clean Slate
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.”


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