Blast From The Past
- Directed By: Hugh Wilson
- Written By: Bill Kelly, Hugh Wilson
- Release Date: February 12, 1999
- Domestic Distributor: New Line
- Cast: Brendan Fraser, Alicia Silverstone, Christopher Walken, Sissy Spacek
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $32 million||Financed by: New Line|
|Domestic Gross: $26,511,114||Overseas Gross: $13,751,906|
The budget for Blast from the Past was $32 million and financed by New Line and the mini-major pre-sold the project to overseas distributors, which limited their exposure to the budget. Blast From The Past was dated for February 12, 1999 which was just 4 months after New Line had released another time-warp comedy Pleasantville — which received acclaim but did not do well at the box office. Brendan Fraser had three pictures released in 1999 — three months after Blast From The Past flopped, he landed himself a franchise with the hit The Mummy and in August Dudley Do-Right (also directed by Blast helmer Hugh Wilson) was a box office disaster. Blast From The Past marked the end of Alicia Silverstone’s studio topping days.
Blast From The Past bowed against Message in a Bottle and My Favorite Martian and received mixed notices from critics. It would also be courting the same audience as the surprise hit She’s All That in its third session. Blast From The Past came in below expectations (and She’s All That) with $7,771,066 — placing #5 for the weekend led by Message In A Bottle. It had a modest 24.9% second frame decline to $5,839,227 and fell 40% in its third weekend to $3,503,125. The domestic run closed with a poor $26,511,114. New Line would see returned about $14.5M after theaters take their percentage of the gross – which would not cover P&A expenses or their exposure to the budget.
Overseas numbers were a tepid $13.7M across numerous distributors.