There are odd couple comedies and their odd couple dramas...“Guarding Tess,” was both and this week it celebrates its 20th anniversary. The film starred (a then very in demand) Nicolas Cage and screen legend Shirley MacLaine and turned a small profit while taking the “buddy” concept to a brand new level.
Original Release Date: March 11, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: NA, Opening: $7, Total: $27, Worldwide: NA
- The never seen but often heard voice of the president was provided by Hugh Wilson, the film’s writer and director.
-Shirley MacLaine was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role.
Other Notable Milestones
1 Year Ago
Original Release Date: March 15, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $13, Opening: $17.1, Total: $51, Worldwide: $58
Flashback: WWE Films don’t technically produce major box office winners, but this bucked the trend and body-slammed the company’s critics…also having Halle Berry as the lead helped.
5 Years Ago
Race To Witch Mountain
Original Release Date: March 13, 2009
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $65, Opening: $24.4, Total: $67, Worldwide: $105
Flashback: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson continued his box office role with this Disney hit that was a successful remake of the classic story.
10 Years Ago
Original Release Date: March 12, 2004
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $40, Opening: $18.2, Total: $47, Worldwide: $92
Flashback: Johnny Depp was on a role in 2004 thanks to the “Pirates” series and then parlayed that into additional hits including this horror thriller.
15 Years Ago
The Rage: Carrie 2
Original Release Date: March 12, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $21, Opening: $7, Total: $17, Worldwide: NA
Flashback: Sometimes the original doesn’t need a remake…or in this case a sequel.
Next week: A comedy franchise ends its run.