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Flicks Flashback: 'Speed' revs up to celebrate 20th anniversary

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Summer movies usually help launch big names and that was the case in 1994 when Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock took on Dennis Hopper in “Speed.” We’ll just forget about the sequel a few years later.

Speed
Original Release Date: June 10, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $30, Opening: $14.4, Total: $121.1, Worldwide: $283

Flicks Facts:

- A who’s who of elite Hollywood actresses turned down the role that eventually went to Sandra Bullock and helped launch her career.

-The film initially ran of money during production and the studio only gave it more after test audiences loved what they saw.

-Sandra Bullock actually learned how to drive a bus to prepare for the role and passed the driver’s test on her first try.

Other Notable Milestones

1 Year Ago
Man of Steel
Original Release Date: June 14, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $225, Opening: $116.6, Total: $291, Worldwide: $667.9

Flashback: Big blue’s box office return was certainly super…as are hopes for the “Justice League” franchise it’s set to help launch.

5 Years Ago
The Taking Of Pelham 123
Original Release Date: June 12, 2009

The Line (in millions) – Budget: $110, Opening: $23.3, Total: $65.4, Worldwide: $152.3

Flashback: Remakes usually work when two big names like John Travolta and Denzel Washington are attached…this was no exception.

10 Years Ago
The Chronicles of Riddick
Original Release Date: June 11, 2004

The Line (in millions) – Budget: $120, Opening: $24.2, Total: $57.7, Worldwide: $107.2

Flashback: Before he re-committed to “The Fast & Furious,” Vin Disel was amped up for “Riddick,” but audiences weren’t as excited.

15 Years Ago
Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Original Release Date: June 11, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $35, Opening: $54.9, Total: $206, Worldwide: $310.3

Flashback: “Yeah, baby, yeah.” Mike Myers’ British super-spy dominated with his return to theaters setting up a third and final film a few years later.

Next week: Ready, Set, Dodgeball!

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