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Big Shrimpin': The Runaway Success of 'Forrest Gump,' by the Numbers

Meriah Doty

Big Shrimpin': The Runaway Success of 'Forrest Gump,' by the NumbersForrest Gump — the Oscar-winning, catchphrase-coining, culturally divisive box-office hit — turns 20 years old this weekend. To celebrate, we broke down the film (and its impact) by the numbers:

Number of hours it took Tom Hanks to agree to the part after reading the script: 1.5.

Number of different blue checkered shirts Forrest wears: Approximately 15.

Number of chocolates in Forrest's box of Russell Stover's: 34.

Forrest GumpLength of Forrest's run across America: 3 years, 2 months, 14 days, and 16 hours.

NikeCurrent price of a pair of Forrest's favorite running shoes, the Nike Cortez: $59.99.

Tom HanksAge difference between Hanks and Sally Field, who played Forrest's mother: 10 years.

Number of times Forrest says "Mama": About  30.

Number of times Forrest says "Jenny": About 30 (He loves them equally!)

Number of times Bubba says "shrimp" in his first three minutes on-screen: 21.

Forrest GumpNumber of handmade Forrest Gump-inspired items we found on sale this week: 175.

Haley Joel Osment Forrest GumpAge of Haley Joel Osment when he played Forrest Junior: 5 years old.

Number of songs by the Doors in the film's end credits: 5.

Number of visual-effects shots: 120, including the famous feather.

Number of U.S. presidents Forrest meets in the film: 3.

Number of weeks Forrest Gump ran in theaters: 42.

Forrest Gump's worldwide box-office take: $677.4 million.

Number of copies Forrest Gump sold on home video within two months of release: Nearly 10 million.

Number of Oscars won by Forrest Gump6, including Best Picture and Best Actor.

Number of copies the Gump soundtrack sold in the U.S.: 6 million.

Forrest Gump ping pongNumber of actual U.S. table-tennis Olympic medals in real life: 0.

Number of Bubba Gump restaurants worldwide: 41.

Number of years Gary Sinese and the Lt. Dan Band have been playing: 11.

Number of times you've heard someone repeat the phrase "Life is like a box of chocolates" in the last two decades: Approximately 1.4 million.

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