“I see dead people.” And with that a thousand parodies and rip-offs were launched. It’s been 15 years since M. Night Shyamalan had his breakthrough debut with “The Sixth Sense” and while he’s never been able to duplicate that success, it still remains one of the best twists of all time and that’s worth something.
The Sixth Sense
Original Release Date: August 6, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $40, Opening: $26.8, Total: $293.5, Worldwide: $672.8
– “The Sixth Sense” was one of two movies Bruce Willis owed to Disney after he got the director of “The Broadway Brawler” fired and the film shut down.
-One of only a handful of horror films to be nominated for Best Picture.
-The film was shot in sequence, which isn’t usually done with many movies.
Other Notable Milestones
1 Year Ago
Original Release Date: August 2, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $61, Opening: $27, Total: $75.6, Worldwide: $132.4
Flashback: Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in a buddy action drama…this was always going to make money.
5 Years Ago
Original Release Date: July 31, 2009
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $72.5, Opening: $22.6, Total: $51.8, Worldwide: $71.8
Flashback: A drama about comedians starring comedians forgot their audience and it showed in the totals.
10 Years Ago
Original Release Date: July 30, 2004
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $71, Opening: $50.7, Total: $114.1, Worldwide: $257.6
Flashback: The twist may not have been as big as the one in “The Sixth Sense” but it still pulled in a decent crowd, despite terrible reviews.
15 Years Ago
Original Release Date: July 30, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $70, Opening: $35, Total: $152.2, Worldwide: $310.1
Flashback: The re-teaming of Richard Gere and Julia Roberts was long awaited and while not as profitable as “Pretty Woman” still was a summer hit.
Next week: An out of this world Oscar contender.