8 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Wedding Singer’
6. Box Office Sales
Adam Sandler has never been a friend of the movie critics, and despite their bad reviews, he’s still laughing all the way to the bank and has a strong fan following. Many of his films have received extremely low ratings on Rotton Tomatoes, but he does have a few that survived the wrath and The Wedding Singer goes down as his highest-rated picture as of 2016. It was also his first film to gross $100 million at the box office. Since then he’s appeared in 20 films that have cracked this barrier, but this particular movie was a major milestone in his career. It achieved over $18 million in its first week — just behind The Titanic and grossed over $120 million worldwide.
5. How The Script Came to Be
When Adam Sandler was unceremoniously fired from Saturday Night Live he knew he had to start making a name for himself. He partnered up with Tim Herlihy and the two began writing movie scripts together. They started with Billy Madison and then followed it up with Happy Gilmore. Both gained a strong cult following that put Sandler on the map without the help of SNL, but those films were goofy and lacked a female voice which led to Herlihy writing the script of The Wedding Singer. “Drew elevated things for us. The scenes with her and Christine [Taylor] — the scenes with her without Adam — [were all great]. You look at the first movies and there’s not a lot without Adam because we did test screening and they said, ‘Get rid of that scene.’ But this time with Drew we were able to do that and have those scenes survive to the movie,” said Herlihy.