A Haunted Set and a Soundtrack That Spoiled Everything: 20 Fascinating Facts About The Sixth Sense
When The Sixth Sense arrived in theaters, no one knew what to expect.
Night Shyamalan only had two pictures to his name: one, a semi-autobiographical drama starring himself that only played the festival circuit, and the other, a drama about a Catholic schoolboy's search for God that only grossed $305,704 against a budget of $6 million.
Walt Disney Studios, which bet big on the script, so doubted the film that it sold the production rights and only retained a fraction of the film's potential box office receipts.
(More on that in a minute.) And despite the attachment of a star like Bruce Willis, even the press slept on it.
In Entertainment Weekly's Summer Movie Preview issue for 1999,...