Nobody truly loves their job, especially if you’re stuck behind a desk for most of the day. However 15 years ago Mike Judge introduced audiences to three people were sick of the monotony and did something about it…sort of.
Original Release Date: February 19, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $10, Opening: $4.2, Total: $10.8, Worldwide: $12.8
-The iconic red stapler didn’t exist prior to production of the movie. Swingline, the company behind the stapler used initially turned down Judge’s offer to a part of the film, but soon saw the benefit of the partnership.
-The set for “T.G.I. Friday’s” knock-off, Chotchkies is actually "The Alligator Grille" restaurant in Austin, Texas. Sadly, it closed in 2009.
- Mike Judge has a cameo in the movie as Jennifer Aniston’s boss at Chotchkies.
Other Notable Milestones
1 Year Ago
Original Release Date: February 22, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $15, Opening: $13.1, Total: $42.9, Worldwide: $48.1
Flashback: It may not have been a massive hit, but Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has his fans and they came out to support him.
5 Years Ago
Madea Goes To Jail
Original Release Date: February 20, 2009
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $17.5, Opening: $41, Total: $90, Worldwide: NA
Flashback: Tyler Perry in drag usually results in big profits, this was not an exception.
10 Years Ago
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
Original Release Date: February, 20, 2004
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $15, Opening: $9.3, Total: $29.3, Worldwide: $33.1
Flashback: Lindsay Lohan hadn’t become a troubled starlet (just yet) in 2004 and while this film didn’t cement her as a (then) bankable lead, “Mean Girls” certainly would when it came out just two months later.
20 Years Ago
On Deadly Ground
Original Release Date: February 18, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $50, Opening: $12.6, Total: $38.5
Flashback: Steven Segal was once a dominant actor star and he was very much in his element in the 1990’s, but not all of his films were big hits.
Next week: A “Passion” project rises to the top…and a career begins to freefall not long after.