The movie grossed $41.5 million during the weekend after its national release June 30, 2000.
Visual effects were provided by Stefen Fangmeier and practical effects by John Frazier, both of whom also worked on effects for TWISTER.
Wolfgang Petersen was nominated for two Academy Awards for his 1982 submarine drama, DAS BOOT.
The filmmakers were opposed to using real swordfish for the movie. They had Walt Conti at Edge Innovations (DEEP BLUE SEA, ANACONDA) design 4 animatronic swordfish and 100 synthetic models of swordfish.
George Clooney spent three weeks (including a few nights at sea) driving the Andrea Gail, a 72-foot-long commercial fishing boat, in order to learn how to operate it.
The two actors who played the parajumper rescuers attended an official training program in Arizona, where they learned to fly a helicopter on a simulated mission, be hauled from the water on a harness attached to a helicopter, and use Night Vision Goggles.
Mark Wahlberg was recommended to Wolfgang Petersen for the role of Bobby by Clooney. Clooney and Wahlberg had worked together previously on THREE KINGS.
Mark Wahlberg is a native of the Boston suburbs, and his accent in this movie proves it.
Warner Bros. Pictures' Stage 16 in Los Angeles, which is where THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA starring Spencer Tracy was filmed, was expanded to 95' x 100' x 22' with a depth of 22' for the filming of THE PERFECT STORM. With the expansion, Stage 16 is now the largest soundstage tank in the world.
The movie was filmed in L.A. in the summer of 1999 and on location in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in the fall. The Andrea Gail ship, which was purchased in Ocean City, Maryland, and repainted in New Jersey, was driven to L.A. for the first half of the movie, then back to Massachusetts in the fall to finish the filming.
Hurricane Floyd was coming up to coast when the filming of THE PERFECT STORM was taking place in September 1999. After it passed, the cast and crew were able to get some shots actually at sea with the big waves that had been created by that storm.