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Monday, September 21, 2015

Mortal Kombat Hit Theaters 20 Years Ago, and Almost Starred Cameron Diaz

Mortal Kombat Movie Turns 20, Almost Starred Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz (left) and Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
08/20/2015 AT 02:00 PM EDT
The Mortal Kombat movie hit theaters 20 years ago this week. If that doesn't take you back, you might not have been in the target demographic for the graphic violence that made the games such a hit with preteen boys. 

However, you might also be surprised to learn that the martial arts flick was a huge success. Made for just $18 million, it has earned $122.1 million to date, making it one of the more lucrative video-game-to-movie adaptations ever. 

Not only was it the 22nd top-grossing movie of 1995 – right in between The Bridges of Madison County and Nine Months – it trounced the other teen-friendly movie that opened on Aug. 18, 1995: The Baby-Sitter's Club, which made only $3 million on its opening weekend, compared to Kombat's $23.2 million. (There's a "Finish her!" joke in here somewhere.) 

This week, The Hollywood Reporter interviewed the film's key players, and one of the surprise tidbits is that the female lead was nearly played by a different actress: Cameron Diaz. 


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