The mega-success of “The Da Vinci Code” made insiders optimistic about the viability of a big-screen version. While audiences were happy to crack the code the first time, the sequel wasn’t as big of a success. It still made money, but it also $25 million more to produce.
Angels & Demons
Original Release Date: May 15, 2009
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $150, Opening: $46.2, Total: $133.3, Worldwide: $490.8
-Although the novel upon which this film is based takes place before the events of “The Da Vinci Code,” the movie was released after so it was converted into a sequel
-Producers had to build a full scale replica of St. Peter's Square since the crew was unable to film on the grounds of the Vatican.
-Filming of the movie interrupted a bridal party en route to the church…but when the film’s lead Tom Hanks found out he personally escorted the bride to her wedding.
Other Notable Milestones
1 Year Ago
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Original Release Date: May 17, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $190, Opening: $70.1, Total: $228.8, Worldwide: $466.9
Flashback: While it may not have done as well as the original, it still proved audiences will always be happy for another Trek with this legendary crew.
10 Years Ago
Original Release Date: May 14, 2009
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $150, Opening: $46.8, Total: $133.2, Worldwide: $484.1
Flashback: This was supposed to be a bigger hit than it was given the star power of Brad Pitt and its summer timeslot…luckily the international box office helped it become profitable.
20 Years Ago
Original Release Date: May 13, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: NA, Opening: $11.7, Total: $50.6, Worldwide: NA
Flashback: The legacy of “The Crow” is less about the film’s box office totals and more about the tragic death of its lead Brandon Lee during production.
Next week: A “Maverick” shares time with sequels