Remember the days when Mel Gibson equaled instant box office success? That was a different time in Hollywood and say what you want about the man but he could always bring something special to the role. “Maverick” was a prime example of that and it holds true 20 years later.
Original Release Date: May 20, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: NA, Opening: $17.2, Total: $101.6, Worldwide: $183
- James Garner, who plays Zane Cooper in the film was the original Bret Maverick in the successful TV series.
-Gibson’s long-time “Lethal Weapon” partner Danny Glover cameos in the movie as a bank robber. The film also includes a few call-backs to the franchise and is directed by Richard Donner who helmed all of them.
-A number of top country singers and actors from iconic Westerns have cameos throughout the movie.
Other Notable Milestones
1 Year Ago
Fast & Furious 6
Original Release Date: May 24, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $160, Opening: $97.3, Total: $238.6, Worldwide: $789.9
Flashback: Cars, hot girls and insane action sequences. Any more questions about why this worked?
5 Years Ago
Night At The Museum 2: Battle At The Smithsonian
Original Release Date: May 22, 2009
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $150, Opening: $54.1, Total: $177.2, Worldwide: $413
Flashback: While not as creative as the original, it still proved profitable and will have a third installment out later on this year.
10 Years Ago
Original Release Date: May 21, 2004
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $70, Opening: $108, Total: $441.2, Worldwide: $937
Flashback: DreamWorks animation’s first sequel…and the easiest decision the company probably ever made.
15 Years Ago
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
Original Release Date: May 13, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $115, Opening: $64.8, Total: $474.5, Worldwide: $1,007,044
Flashback: Critics may have attacked it and fans may have fumed over aspects, but with a billion dollars in worldwide gross, people certainly went to see it regardless.
Next week: Julia Roberts does it again.