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Flicks Flashback: Jim Carrey staple 'The Mask' celebrates 20th anniversary

'The Mask'
'The Mask'
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Following “Ace Ventura,” Jim Carrey could write his own box office ticket and he chose to follow that up with “The Mask,” which proved another massive hit for the comedian.

The Mask
Original Release Date: July 29, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $18, Opening: $23.1, Total: $119.9, Worldwide: $351.6

Flicks Facts:

- The comic on which the movie is based is much darker but the movie was lightened to play to Jim Carrey’s strength.

-Not surprisingly given Jim Carrey’s background, a number of the scenes were ad-libbed.

-Cameron Diaz made her big screen debut in the movie.

Other Notable Milestones

1 Year Ago
2 Guns
Original Release Date: August 2, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $61, Opening: $27, Total: $75.6, Worldwide: $132.4

Flashback: Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in a buddy action drama…this was always going to make money.

5 Years Ago
Funny People
Original Release Date: July 31, 2009

The Line (in millions) – Budget: $72.5, Opening: $22.6, Total: $51.8, Worldwide: $71.8

Flashback: A drama about comedians starring comedians forgot their audience and it showed in the totals.

10 Years Ago
The Village
Original Release Date: July 30, 2004

The Line (in millions) – Budget: $71, Opening: $50.7, Total: $114.1, Worldwide: $257.6

Flashback: The twist may not have been as big as the one in “The Sixth Sense” but it still pulled in a decent crowd, despite terrible reviews.

15 Years Ago
Runaway Bride
Original Release Date: July 30, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $70, Opening: $35, Total: $152.2, Worldwide: $310.1

Flashback: The re-teaming of Richard Gere and Julia Roberts was long awaited and while not as profitable as “Pretty Woman” still was a summer hit.

Next week: The art of the twist re-defined.