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'Deep Impact' vs. 'Armageddon'
"Deep Impact" (Paramount Pictures) - May 8, 1998
Global box office: $349 million
"Armaggedon" (Touchstone Pictures) - July 1, 1998
Global box office: $554 million
The result: "Deep Impact" may have hit the multiplex first, but "Armaggedon" was no doubt the bigger blockbuster thanks to a slightly starrier cast (Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck vs. Robert Duvall and Elijah Wood), an all-out Bruckheimer-fied marketing campaign, a plum July 4th weekend release date and a barn-burning title indicating that this was the Earth-ending asteroid movie to beat (nevermind that the offending rock in "Deep Impact" was actually a comet). That's not to say "Deep Impact" wasn't a success - it was absolutely a major one that benefited greatly from beating its competitor to theaters by nearly two months - but rather to say that it amounted to essentially an appetizer to the main course that was Michael Bay's Aerosmith-assisted monstrosity.
- Chris Eggertsen