Two-part movies became the in-thing around the time of “The Matrix” movies, but as usual director Quentin Tarantino knew how to put his own mark on the technique. “Kill Bill” was a unique project that made over $300 million worldwide and was another big success for the talented and visionary filmmaker.
Kill Bill Volume 2
Original Release Date: April 16, 2004
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $55, Opening: $25.1, Total: $66.2 Worldwide: 150.9
-Tarantino is known for his hatred of product placement, but this is the only film where he uses it.
- The truth serum used by Bill is called “The Undisputed Truth,” which is also the name of a 70s soul group.
-All of the major characters that are killed off during the film are dispatched by female characters (exit for the anime sequence).
Other Notable Milestones
1 Year Ago
Original Release Date: April 19, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $120, Opening: $37, Total: $89, Worldwide: $287.5
Flashback: Tom Cruise may not have as big of a following in the states anymore, but he still dominates internationally.
5 Years Ago
Original Release Date: April 17, 2009
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $40, Opening: $23.7, Total: $64.1, Worldwide: $138.7
Flashback: This updated take on “Big” did decent business but it didn’t really do much to help elevate its cast.
15 Years Ago
Original Release Date: April 16, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $75, Opening: $20.4, Total: $64, Worldwide: $73.5
Flashback: Back when Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence had better luck on screen, this was often the result.
20 Years Ago
Cops and Robbersons
Original Release Date: April 15, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: NA, Opening: $3.7, Total: $11.3 Worldwide: NA
Flashback: Chevy Chase meets Jack Palance in family comedy. Yikes!
Next week: One of Denzel Washington’s best films celebrates its 10 year milestone.