Usually when people hear about a cult film they know from the beginning what they are dealing with, but this is not the case of the famous The Matrix. This happens because usually cult films are a complete disaster regarding the US box office, while this one has been a major success. However, it is essential to keep in mind that cult is not something that has to be a failure, but rather something that is defined by audience response. At first sight the science fiction story has the recipe to become a famous blockbuster, but those who are willing to pay a closer attention will be able to see the layers behind the main subject.
The movie remains popular today especially with college age students who will still put on black trenchcoats and Matrix sunglasses (not just on halloween).