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Flicks Flashback: Denzel Washington's 'Man on Fire' hits the decade mark

'Man on Fire"
'Man on Fire"
Fox

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

Flicks Facts:

- 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
Obsessed
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
Pushing Tin
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
Bad Girls
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.