Sleeping with the Enemy is a 1991 American romantic psychological thriller film starring Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, and Kevin Anderson. It was directed by Joseph Ruben and stars Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, and Kevin Anderson.
The film is based on Nancy Price’s novel of the same name, published in 1987. Roberts portrays a lady who fakes her death and flees her violent husband, only to have her new life disrupted when he learns her deeds and pursues her from Cape Cod to Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Sleeping with the Enemy was released in theatres on February 8, 1991, to mixed reviews from critics, but it was a box office success, grossing $175 million on a $19 million production budget.
The picture also broke the record for the largest domestic opening weekend for a film with a female lead at the time, generating $13 million in its first weekend, breaking Alien’s previous record of $10 million.
Laura Burney (Julia Roberts) leaves Cape Cod and comes to Iowa, where she develops a new identity and begins dating a local teacher, Ben Woodward, to evade her violent husband, Martin (Patrick Bergin) (Kevin Anderson). Meanwhile, Martin uncovers evidence that she isn’t dead, and once her mother verifies this, he tracks her down to Iowa. He tracks down Laura and Ben and confronts them, forcing her to once again fight for her life.
Home Alone’s twelve-week reign at the top of the box office came to an end with the release of the picture. The film’s domestic box office gross was $101,599,005 at the end of its run; the film’s worldwide gross was $174,999,005 with an overseas total of $73,400,000; the picture was a box office success on a $19 million budget.
The picture was released on April 12, 1991, in the United Kingdom, and debuted at #2, behind Highlander II: The Quickening. The picture continued in the same position the following week.