Usually dramatic actors don’t segue into comedy and vice versa, but that was then and this is now and it has become popular to make the jump. One of the first actors to really make the leap was Robert DeNiro, who 15 years ago set the standard, thanks in large part to one of the industry’s late great directors.
Original Release Date: March 5, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $30, Opening: $18.3, Total: $106.8, Worldwide: $176.8
-Robert DeNiro’s character was loosely based on John Gotti.
-Robert DeNiro and co-star Billy Crystal reportedly thought about co-directing the movie, but ultimately offered it to legendary director Harold Ramis.
-Every restaurant used in the movie was the site of a notorious gangland hit.
Other Notable Milestones
1 Year Ago
Oz: The Great and Powerful
Original Release Date: March 8, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $215, Opening: $79.1, Total: $234.7, Worldwide: $489.5
Flashback: Yes that was a LOT of money to make a movie, but look at the returns and you’ll see why “The Wizard of Oz” always seems to play well with audiences…in any form.
5 Years Ago
Original Release Date: February 6, 2009
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $138, Opening: $55.2, Total: $107.5, Worldwide: $184
Flashback: While comic-book fans were okay with the release, the general public wasn’t a fan of its long run time and that cost it in the box office.
10 Years Ago
Starsky & Hutch
Original Release Date: March 5, 2004
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $60, Opening: $28.1, Total: $88.2, Worldwide: $170
Flashback: TV remakes on the big screen are still a big success when done right and this one hit the right cords with audiences.
20 Years Ago
Original Release Date: March 4, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: NA, Opening: $5, Total: $13
Flashback: A huge ensemble doesn’t always make for a huge hit. Betting most you forgot this one ever existed right?
Next week: A Nicolas Cage classic turn 20.