Over a decade ago two films aimed at teens and young adults both hit theaters (ironically with identical budgets). Neither lit the box office on fire, but both have managed to become a pop culture cult classics that still have a solid life on cable TV and in the DVD collections of most people who went to school during a certain timeframe.
Never Been Kissed
Original Release Date: April 9, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $25, Opening: $11.8, Total: $55.4 Worldwide: NA
The Girl Next Door
Original Release Date: April 9, 2004
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $25, Opening: $6, Total: $14.5, Worldwide: $18.5
-The drawing of herself that Elisha Cuthbert gives to Emile Hirsch’s character in “The Girl Nex Door” was actually drawn by Cuthbert.
-The director of the porn movie being shot during the end of “The Girl Next Door” is actually director Luke Greenfield.
-When Garry Marshall’s character in “Never Been Kissed” is talking to his staff about “not knowing his own kids,” his real-life daughter Kathleen is actually sitting next to him.
-In “Never Been Kissed,” Leelee Sobieski was originally offered a different role, but instead asked to the less flashier role because she though the character was more interesting.
Other Notable Milestones
1 Year Ago
Original Release Date: April 12, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $40, Opening: $27.4, Total: $95, Worldwide: NA
Flashback: The legend of Jackie Robinson holds a special place in sports lore and audiences were just as happy to see the big screen version of the story.
5 Years Ago
The Hannah Montana Movie
Original Release Date: April 3, 2009
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $30, Opening: $32.3, Total: $79.5, Worldwide: $169
Flashback: Remember the simpler times?
20 Years Ago
Original Release Date: April 2, 2004
The Line (in millions) – Budget: NA, Opening: $4, Total: $14.8, Worldwide: NA
Flashback: It wasn’t a big hit, but like this week’s spotlight films still appeals to a younger demo.
Next week: Quentin Tarantino wraps his two-part project.