Satires can either be really good or beyond bad but either way the majority of them picked up some tricks from “The Naked Gun” series. Starring Leslie Nielsen, the trilogy remains of the most recognizable spoof franchises of all time and this week marks the 20th anniversary of its “final insult.”
The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
Original Release Date: March 18, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $30, Opening: $13, Total: $51, Worldwide: NA
- The film’s sub-name “33 1/3: The Final Insult” comes from LPs which play at a speed of 33 1/3 revolutions per minute. Originally producers wanted to name the movie “33 1/3: Just For The Record,” but changed it when they realized audiences may not get the joke.
-During the prison yard fight scene, producers hired actual biker gangs to make the characters look more realistic…but in doing so hired bikers from four rival gangs. Luckily there were no unplanned altercations.
-The film featured a few scenes planned for earlier installment of the series but were ultimately scrapped due to budget reasons or pacing.
Other Notable Milestones
1 Year Ago
Original Release Date: March 22, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $135, Opening: $43.6, Total: $187, Worldwide: $573
Flashback: And a new DreamWorks franchise is born…
5 Years Ago
Original Release Date: March 20, 2009
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $50, Opening: $24.6, Total: $79.5 Worldwide: $187
Flashback: This weekend has been very good to Nicolas Cage, even if in this case the critics certainly weren't.
10 Years Ago
Dawn of the Dead
Original Release Date: March 19, 2004
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $28, Opening: $26.7, Total: $58.9, Worldwide: $103.4
Flashback: Horror films, especially by legend George A. Romero, had a good run at the box office, this was among those.
15 Years Ago
Forces of Nature
Original Release Date: March 19, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $75, Opening: $13.5, Total: $52.9, Worldwide: $93.9
Flashback: It may not have been the best rom-com of all time, but it turned a profit, much to the shock of the critics. Never under-estimate Sandra Bullock.
Next week: Franchises and sequels abound.