List of Saturday Night Live feature films

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Saturday Night Live has made several efforts to develop some of the more popular sketches into feature-length films, with varying degrees of commercial and critical success. The first foray into film came with the successful Aykroyd and Belushi vehicle, The Blues Brothers (1980), which earned over $115 million on a $27 million budget.[1]

In 1990, Lorne Michaels oversaw the writing of a sketch anthology feature film titled The Saturday Night Live Movie with many of the show's then-current writing staff, including Al Franken, Tom Davis, Greg Daniels, Jim Downey, Conan O'Brien, Robert Smigel, and George Meyer, contributing. The screenplay only got as far as a Revised First Draft dated July 26, 1990 before being abandoned.[2]

However, it was the success of Wayne's World (1992) that encouraged Michaels to produce more film spin-offs, based on several popular sketch characters. Michaels revived 1970s characters for Coneheads (1993), followed by It's Pat (1994); Stuart Saves His Family (1995); A Night at the Roxbury (1998); Superstar (1999) and The Ladies Man (2000). Some did moderately well, though others did not—notably, It's Pat, which did so badly at the box office that the studio that made the film, Touchstone Pictures (owned by The Walt Disney Company, which also owns NBC's rival ABC), pulled it only one week after releasing it,[3] and Stuart Saves His Family, which lost $14 million. Many of these films were produced by Paramount Pictures. The films based on The Blues Brothers were produced by Universal Studios, which merged with NBC in 2004 to form NBC Universal (Universal also has a joint venture with Paramount for international distribution of the two studios' films).

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date
(United States)
Budget
(estimated)
Box office revenue
United States Elsewhere Worldwide
The Blues Brothers June 20, 1980 $27 million $57,229,890 $58,000,000 $115,229,890
Wayne's World February 14, 1992 $20 million $121,697,323 $61,400,000 $183,097,323
Coneheads July 23, 1993 $33 million $21,274,717 N/A $21,274,717
Wayne's World 2 December 10, 1993 $40 million $48,197,805 N/A $48,197,805
It's Pat August 26, 1994 $8 million[4] $60,822 N/A $60,822
Stuart Saves His Family April 14, 1995 $6.3 million $912,082 N/A $912,082
Blues Brothers 2000 February 6, 1998 $28 million $14,051,384 N/A $14,051,384
A Night at the Roxbury October 2, 1998 $17 million $30,331,165 N/A $30,331,165
Superstar October 8, 1999 $14 million $30,636,478 N/A $30,636,478
The Ladies Man October 13, 2000 $24 million $13,616,610 $126,602 $13,743,212
MacGruber May 21, 2010 $10 million $8,525,600 $797,295 $9,259,314

Critical response[edit]

Year Film Ratings
Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1980 The Blues Brothers 85%[5] N/A
1992 Wayne's World 85%[6] 53%[7]
1993 Coneheads 33%[8] N/A
1993 Wayne's World 2 60%[9] N/A
1994 It's Pat 0%[10] N/A
1995 Stuart Saves His Family 30%[11] N/A
1998 A Night at the Roxbury 11%[12] 26%[13]
1998 Blues Brothers 2000 45%[14] N/A
1999 Superstar 32%[15] N/A
2000 The Ladies Man 11%[16] 22%[17]
2010 MacGruber 47%[18] 43%[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Blues Brothers (1980) - Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  2. ^ Script Review: THE SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE MOVIE from filmbuffonline.com
  3. ^ Live, From New York, It's the Worst Movies From the Cast of SNL Archived 2010-05-27 at the Wayback Machine. from filmcritic.com
  4. ^ It's Pat: Julia Sweeney's gender-bending character goes to Hollywood, but can he ... er ... she ... er ... er ... Pat cross over?, a September 1994 article from Rolling Stone>
  5. ^ "The Blues Brothers". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  6. ^ "Wayne's World". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "Wayne's World". metacritic.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  8. ^ "Coneheads". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  9. ^ "Wayne's World 2". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  10. ^ "It's Pat". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  11. ^ "Stuart Saves His Family". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  12. ^ "A Night at the Roxbury". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  13. ^ "A Night at the Roxbury". metacritic.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  14. ^ "Blues Brothers 2000". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  15. ^ "Superstar". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  16. ^ "The Ladies Man". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  17. ^ "The Ladies Man". metacritic.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  18. ^ "MacGruber". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  19. ^ "MacGruber". metacritic.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018.