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Flicks Flashback: 'The Matrix' changes the genre and the film industry

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15 years ago “The Matrix” hit theaters and completely shocked audiences who had no idea what to expect. The movie re-launched the career of Keanu Reeves and spawned a franchise that still is proving to be profitable. While the trilogy itself is still one of the most convoluted of all time, there’s no denying the impact on pop culture.

The Matrix
Original Release Date: April 2, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $65, Opening: $27.7, Total: $171.4, Worldwide: $460.2

Flicks Facts:

- The Wachowskis asked for a large budget only to be rebuffed by executives who instead offered just $10 million. The filmmaker took the money and filmed the ten minute opening sequence, then then showed it to the studio who then agreed to the rest of the money.

-Actors who turned down the role of Neo include Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage and Leonardo DiCaprio.

-“The Matrix” debuted the use of the “bullet time” visual style which was one of the biggest advancements in film…it have been spoofed in well over 20 movies.

Other Notable Milestones

1 Year Ago
Evil Dead
Original Release Date: April 5, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $17, Opening: $25.7, Total: $54.2, Worldwide: $97.4

Flashback: In 2013 horror films were riding a wave of success and this one was no different. Small budget…big return.

5 Years Ago
Fast & Furious
Original Release Date: April 3, 2009
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $85, Opening: $70.9, Total: $155, Worldwide: $363

Flashback: While “Fast Five” is thought of as the one that re-launched the series it was really the fourth film in the series that set up the “The Fast & The Furious’” return to the top.

10 Years Ago
Original Release Date: April 2, 2004
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $60, Opening: $23.1, Total: $59.6, Worldwide: $99.8

Flashback: “Hellboy’s” always had a cult following as has star Ron Perlman so it wasn’t a big shock to see this succeed and spawn a sequel.

20 Years Ago
Major League 2

Original Release Date: April 1, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: NA, Opening: $7, Total: $30.6, Worldwide: NA

Flashback: Some said the baseball series slipped a little over time and they may be right, but it is still one of the most fun baseball sports franchises of all time.

Next week: A pair of cult films cash in…eventually.


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