|Clockwise from the upper left corner: Jaws; Rollerball, The French Connection II; Bite the Bullet; Breakout|
A new week and a new year punched into the DeLorean. This week we'll be going back to the year 1975. This year, awards season darlings would be films such as The Sunshine Boys and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which would sweep the top Academy Awards by winning Best Picture, Best Director (Milos Forman), Best Actor (Jack Nicholson) and Best Actress (Louise Fletcher).
Let's take a look at the top ten box office films (domestically) for that year, courtesy of worldwideboxoffice.com:
- Jaws - $260 million
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show - $139.9 million
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - $112 million
- Dog Day Afternoon - $50 million
- Shampoo - $49.4 million
- The Return of the Pink Panther - $41.8 million
- Three Days of the Condor - $41.5 million
- Funny Lady - $40.1 million
- The Apple Dumpling Gang - $36.9 million
- Aloha, Bobby and Rose - $35 million
Clearly, one picture dominated the box office in 1975, that being Spielberg's classic Jaws. However, we'll be taking a look at three films in the action, horror and sci-fi genres from that year, beginning with the Oscar nominated The Wind and the Lion on 5/25, then continuing with The Stepford Wives on 5/27 and then closing with Disney's Escape to Witch Mountain on 5/29. So bookmark us, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter so you can follow along.