Denzel Washington is one of film’s most gifted actors, but every now and again he delivers a performance that resonates with audiences in a different way. “Man on Fire” was a remake of a 1987 hit, it was also dark, gritty and well-received by moviegoers…not to mention one of Washington’s best roles of the last decade.
Man On Fire
Original Release Date: April 23, 2004
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $60, Opening: $22.7, Total: $77.9, Worldwide: 118.7
- Reportedly Robert DeNiro, Tom Cruise, Will Smith and Bruce Willis were all offered the role of Creasy which eventually went to Washington.
-Fox scoffed at the idea of Tony Scott directing the original because he hadn’t had any hit films at the time; he would prove them wrong in a big way and wind up directing the remake.
-Michael Bay and Antoine Fuqua were at one time offered the chance to direct the film.
Other Notable Milestones
1 Year Ago
Pain and Gain
Original Release Date: April 26, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $26, Opening: $20.2, Total: $49.8, Worldwide: $81.2
Flashback: The Rock and Mark Wahlberg connected on screen and ended up forming a friendship that will result in a new HBO series later this year.
5 Years Ago
Original Release Date: April 24, 2009
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $20, Opening: $28.6, Total: $68.2, Worldwide: $71.8
Flashback: Somehow these type of films always seem to draw a crowd…even if the formula doesn’t change that much.
15 Years Ago
Original Release Date: April 23, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $33, Opening: $3.5, Total: $8.4, Worldwide: NA
Flashback: Nobody really knew what this was about, but they did know it starred Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie who at the time were just a year away from (briefly) getting married.
20 Years Ago
Original Release Date: April 22, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: NA, Opening: $5, Total: $15.1 Worldwide: NA
Flashback: Four prostitutes join together to travel the Old West…yes that was the plot. You can take it from here.
Next week: “Mean Girls” rule.