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Tonight on TV: a cult disaster film with Tommy Lee Jones and an unforgettable death

Tonight on TV: a cult disaster film with Tommy Lee Jones and an unforgettable death

Tonight on TV: a cult disaster film with Tommy Lee Jones and an unforgettable death


Vulcano: film the other volcano of 1997

Volcano, directed by Mick Jackson and released in 1997, is a disaster film that follows the eruption of a volcano in the heart of Los Angeles. Tommy Lee Jones plays Mike Roark, the head of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, who, along with seismologist Dr. Amy Barnes (Anne Heche), attempts to stop the lava that threatens to destroy the city. Viewers who discovered it at the time were particularly struck by the spectacular scenes of bubbling lava flowing through Los Angeles. The death of the character played by John Carroll Lynch, who sacrificed himself to save the passengers of a subway trapped in lava, also left its mark.

The production of Volcano was marked by a real studio war with Dante’s Peakdirected by Roger Donaldson and also released in 1997. Both films deal with volcanic disasters, but in different contexts. Dante’s Peak was released in February 1997 in the United States, while Volcano it was postponed until April 1997 (also in the United States) to avoid competition The Lost World: Jurassic Park scheduled for May 1997.

Cult despite disappointing box office

Despite an intense marketing campaign, Volcano failed to establish itself at the box office. The film opened with $14.5 million in North America in its first weekend, finishing with an estimated $49.3 million domestically and $73.5 million internationally. for a worldwide total of $122.8 million.

Comparatively, Dante’s Peak they performed better in the United States with $67 million and just over $100 million internationally, although both films failed to achieve significant profitability on their theatrical grosses alone. In France, Volcano has totaled one million entries, while Dante’s Peak surpassed it by 300,000.

Both films have acquired cult film status with their video releases and their multiple rebroadcasts on television.

Source: Cine Serie

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