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Flicks Flashback: Iconic romantic comedy 'Notting Hill' celebrates 15 years

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Rom-coms are as much of a box office staple as a summer blockbuster and 15 years ago saw one of the all-time classics in “Notting Hill.” When Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts on screen, it was pure movie magic.

Notting Hill
Original Release Date: May 28, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $42, Opening: $21.8, Total: $116, Worldwide: $363.7

Flicks Facts:

- The house with the blue door where Hugh Grant’s character lives is real; it actually once belonged to the film’s screenwriter Richard Curtis.

-Julia Roberts never actually says the name of Hugh Grant’s character during the movie.

-Anthony Minghella was reportedly the original choice to direct the movie.

Other Notable Milestones

1 Year Ago
Now You See Me
Original Release Date: May 31, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $75 Opening: $29.3, Total: $117.7, Worldwide: $351.7

Flashback: It came out of nowhere and made audiences applaud enough for the studio to greenlight a sequel. Just like magic.

5 Years Ago
Up
Original Release Date: May 29, 2009

The Line (in millions) – Budget: $175, Opening: $68.1, Total: $292, Worldwide: $731.5

Flashback: Money aside, if you can get through the first ten minutes without crying you are made of stone.

10 Years Ago
Day After Tomorrow
Original Release Date: May 28, 2004

The Line (in millions) – Budget: $125, Opening: $72.1, Total: $187.7, Worldwide: $556.3

Flashback: Summer blockbuster about the end of the world…yep made money.

20 Years Ago
The Flintstones
Original Release Date: May 13, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $45, Opening: $37.1, Total: $130.5, Worldwide: $358.5

Flashback: A live action version of a classic cartoon series turned out to be a great idea…it’s prequel a few years later…not so much.

Next week: Vegas never knew what hit it.

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