01:11 PM EDT 07/06/2014
Originally posted 03/08/2002 12:00PM
KEANU KICKS: Currently completing two sequels to his 1999 hit "The Matrix," Keanu Reeves, 37, is looking to bring back the '70s counterculture hero of the "Billy Jack" movies, Variety reported. In the original, actor Tom Laughlin starred as Billy, a half-Native American ex-Green Beret karate expert who saved wild horses from being slaughtered for dog food and runaway teens from troubled pasts. Reeves is said to be discussing the resurrection of Billy Jack with Danny DeVito's production company, Jersey Films, with an eye toward shopping the project at various studios. Laughlin, still kicking at age 70, is expected to play a crucial role in the production, says Variety.
Originally posted 03/25/1999 12:00AM
Keanu Reeves, who has stumbled at the box office since his 1994 hit "Speed," bounced back at the box office last weekend with "The Matrix." The flashy sci-fi film earned about $27.6 million for the Friday-to-Sunday period, for the biggest opening weekend this year, industry estimates showed Sunday. It was also the best opening for Reeves since 1994, when "Speed" took in $14.5 million in its debut. "10 Things I Hate About You," an updated, teen-centered version of the Shakespearean classic "The Taming of the Shrew," was a distant second with $8.7 million.
Originally posted 03/23/1999 12:00AM
"The Matrix" continued to dominate the nation's box office with an estimated $22.2 million take during the Friday-Sunday period, according to industry estimates. The special-effects movie starring Keanu Reeves showed impressive staying power, declining only 20% from its opening weekend. (With nearly $73 million in ticket sales in 12 days, the film has clearly expanded its audience well beyond its target of young male moviegoers and will most likely wind up its domestic run with sales of at least $140 million.) Finishing a distant but respectable second was the romantic comedy "Never Been Kissed," starring Drew Barrymore as a newspaper reporter who infiltrates a high school. It made $11.7 million at 2,455 theaters. A trio of holdover comedies battled for the third spot, led by "The Out-of-Towners" with $5.3 million, followed by "10 Things I Hate About You" ($5.2 million) and "Analyze This" ($5.1 million).
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