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

'The Mummy'
'The Mummy'
Universal

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.”