Well they can’t all be hits…Will Smith learned that one that hard way in 1999 when he suffered what was one of his first career flops with the adaptation of the TV series “Wild Wild West.” It was a huge flop and while it did eventually make back its production costs it wasn’t anywhere near what executives had hoped.
Wild Wild West
Original Release Date: June 2, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $175, Opening: $27.6, Total: $113, Worldwide: $221.2
- Will Smith turned down the lead role in ‘The Matrix’ for this movie…he’s publically said he still regrets it.
-Robert Conrad, who starred in the series on which the movie is based, was approached to make a cameo but declined after reading the script.
-Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise and George Clooney were reportedly attached to the movie at different points.
Other Notable Milestones
1 Year Ago
Despicable Me 2
Original Release Date: July 5, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $76, Opening: $84.2, Total: $368, Worldwide: $970.3
Flashback: One word: Minions!
5 Years Ago
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Original Release Date: July 3, 2009
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $90, Opening: $41.6, Total: $196.5, Worldwide: $886.9
Flashback: Before there were minions, there were the ‘Ice Age’ creatures and they set the stage quite nicely.
10 Years Ago
Original Release Date: July 2, 2004
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $200, Opening: $88.1, Total: $373.5, Worldwide: $783.5
Flashback: Nothing says 4th of July like a super-hero, especially one of the web-slinging variety.
20 Years Ago
Original Release Date: July 1, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $40, Opening: $11.7, Total: $31.3, Worldwide: NA
Flashback: ‘The Shadow’ knows…except in this case how to make a lot of money at the box office.
Next week: Life is like a box of chocolates…