Rounders Is 20 Years Old

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Let’s go back 20 years and see the famous poker flick called Rounders. It wasn’t a big hit at that time and we’re sure it wouldn’t be a hit today. It is crazy how those 20 years passed so quickly.

The estimated cost of the film was about $12 million and unfortunately was not able to turn in a profit. In the first week, it was barely able to cover a bit more than half of the expenses by having $8.5 million in revenue. By the end of the theatrical run on November 8, 1998, the film was able to make a small sum of $23 million. It wasn’t a big profit but at least it wasn’t a loss for the producers and actors. However once the home video came out, it became super popular thanks to the “Poker Boom” that was facilitated by Chris Moneymaker winning the 2003 world series Poker event.

Actually, the film had quite a nice and refreshing marketing system, which involved the film’s main leads Matt Damon and Edward Norton taking part in the $10,000 event that year. Unfortunately, they were both eliminated, Damon by the famous poker legends Doyle Brunson. Let’s quickly go over the movie just in case you haven’t watched it or have forgotten it.



Rounders was actually a really big boost for the actors involved in the movie. Norton and Damon both became Hollywood stars and John Malkovich became one of the most desired talents of the industry. At the end of 2013, it looked like Rounders was about to get a sequel going because Hollywood reported that The Weinstein Company and Miramax were interested in the potential making of a sequel. The now shamed and driven out Harvey Weinstein who was basically disqualified from the Hollywood game because of the numerous sexual assaults he committed managed to add a comment about the sequel, saying that it would have been a decision within seconds of it coming up. It didn’t happen and the rumour of Robert De Niro replacing Malkovich as the main villain drowned with the hopes of the sequel.

It doesn’t matter that the movie was not a hit, it was still able to embed itself within American movie culture. It is still considered one of the most popular movies thanks to the massive games of poker that followed the release of the movie. It is actually believed that Rounders was the movie that inspired many Americans to try their like with Poker thus having a huge impact on today’s industry because most of today’s pros and legends hail from that exact time period.

We are still hoping that someone will take it upon themselves to revive this movie and give us a more refined and modern version of Poker at its finest.

Source: https://casinopånett.eu/nyheter/den-beromte-pokerfilmen-rounders-er-20-ar-gammel/


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