As most of you probably know, Excellent Adventure went on to become one of the most surprising sleeper hits of 1989, if not the entire 80's!  No one expected this little movie to do anything, and in fact there hadn't been a lot of immediate advance publicity for the film.  But word of mouth gave the movie its legs, and it was in for a long run!  Opening the first week with an impressive $6,167,651 on 1,196 Screens, the movie would go on to earn a gross of $40,485,039!

Just as everyone involved in the project expected, the movie struck a chord with a wide range of audience demographics, appealing not only to little kids but to adults and teens as well!  It helped to re-establish the fact that there was still a market for movies aimed at young people and that these movies didn't necessarily have to come out in the summer to be successful.  Herek was quoted as saying, "Frankly I wasnít surprised at all.  I always knew the film would be a big success because there were people like Bill and Ted out there who would respond to the fun, roller coaster ride aspect.  People have a good time watching it and thatís why I knew it would make money.  Nelson and Orion happily saw that potential and reaped the benefits they so richly deserved because of their faith in the picture."

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