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15 years ago, this CLASSIC film was released in the US! The film opened at #2 at the North American box office making USD$5,870,387, behind The Whole Nine Yards. The film grossed $14,990,582 domestically and $24,362,772 worldwide on a $25 million budget. Did you know!?! In the original script, Abbie worked as a swimming instructor. After reading it, Madonna decided that the character should be a yoga instructor. Helen Hunt was originally slated to play the female lead of Abbie, but Madonna later replaced her. It's rumored that Ryan Murphy and Rupert Everett extensively re-wrote the script. The house that Rupert Everett stays at is actually Cecil B. DeMille's old house. During rehearsals, Rupert Everett accidentally bumped into John Schlesinger. Schlesinger fell and chipped his coccyx. Not many people are aware of this, but The Next Best Thing is also an award winning film! Madonna won a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress, and the film was nominated for other Razzies including: Worst Director - John Schlesinger (lost to Roger Christian for Battlefield Earth) Worst Picture (lost to Battlefield Earth) Worst Screenplay - Thomas Ropelewski (lost to Corey Mandell and J.D. Shapiro for Battlefield Earth) Worst Screen Couple - Madonna and either Rupert Everett or Benjamin Bratt (lost to John Travolta and "anyone sharing the screen with him" in Battlefield Earth) It was nominated as Outstanding Film at the 2001 GLAAD Media Awards, but lost to Billy Elliot. The film also gave us this LEGENDARY photoshop failure of a movie poster One of the most memorable moments that came from this era was when a "not so pregnant" Madonna appeared on TRL, and picked a fan out from the street because she had a box of donuts.