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Flicks Flashback: Groundbreaking 'District 9' celebrates 5 year milestone

District 9
District 9
Sony

District 9’ was one of those films that really came out of nowhere to be surprise hit and one that went on to snag a Best Picture nomination. It still has a loyal fan following and now five years later still holds a special place with many moviegoers.

District 9
Original Release Date: August 14, 2009
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $30, Opening: $37.3, Total: $115.6, Worldwide: $215.1

Flicks Facts:

- The clicking sound language used by the aliens was created by rubbing a pumpkin.

-The first documentary style film to be nominated for Best Picture.

-Director Neill Blomkamp's childhood in South Africa during apartheid influenced the movie.

Other Notable Milestones

1 Year Ago
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Original Release Date: August 16, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $30, Opening: $24.6, Total: $116, Worldwide: $151

Flashback: Despite being a smartly made pic it failed to live up to the award season hype but still over-performed at the box office.

10 Years Ago
AVP: Alien vs. Predator
Original Release Date: August 13, 2004

The Line (in millions) – Budget: $70, Opening: $38.2, Total: $80.2, Worldwide: $172.5

Flashback: Two power franchises collide…this was never in danger of not succeeding.

15 Years Ago
Bowfinger
Original Release Date: August 13, 1999

The Line (in millions) – Budget: $55, Opening: $18, Total: $66.4, Worldwide: $98.6

Flashback: You would think the combination of Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy would have had a better total…but the movie just didn’t connect with audiences.

20 Years Ago
In The Army Now

Original Release Date: August 12, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: NA, Opening: $6.3, Total: $28.9, Worldwide: NA

Flashback: This was one of those low budget films with a low budget cast…still turned a small profit.

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