Produced in just under 6 months, the picture continues to hold one of the top spots for fastest produced 35mm feature films (from script-to-screen) to receive a wide-release. Pre-production: Script acquired/director hired: May, 1999. Production: June & July, 1999. Post-Production: Edited (including 250+ visual effects) Scored & Mixed: August & September, 1999. The film was released on 2,540 screens in the U.S. on October 22, 1999.
With a final budget of 5.25 million, the film went on to gross well over 30 million worldwide in theatrical, DVD, Digital and Television sales. Though considered somewhat unsuccessful at the time, the film recouped its entire budget during its first 7 days of release.
Theatrical teaser trailers, (which included no images from the actual film), appeared in theaters as the picture had just begun its second week of a 28 day shoot. No actual full-length trailers were ever created in time for the film's theatrical release.