Monday, June 20, 2016


Clockwise from the top left: Star Wars; Close Encounters of the Third Kind; The Spy Who Loved Me; Smokey and the Bandit. Center: The Gauntlet.

After a rather lackluster 1976, movies bounced back in 1977 in a big way. The financial success of George Lucas' Star Wars was unprecedented; however, it also received a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards, a rather lofty accomplishment for a sci-fi film. It was far and away the biggest film of the year. However, 1977 also saw other accomplished films, such as Saturday Night Fever, which capitalized on the disco craze of the mid-70's; Smokey and the Bandit led to a Trans-Am fascination, while Woody Allen's Annie Hall had an influence on women's fashion of the time. 

Here now, courtesy of our friends at, are the top ten domestically grossing films for 1977, and it's not even close at the top:

  1. Star Wars - $461 million
  2. Saturday Night Fever - $142.5 million
  3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind - $132.1 million
  4. Smokey and the Bandit - $126.7 million
  5. The Goodbye Girl - $102 million
  6. The Rescuers - $71.2 million
  7. A Bridge Too Far - $50.8 million
  8. The Deep - $47.3 million
  9. The Spy Who Loved Me - $46.8 million
  10. Oh, God! - $41.7 million
1977 Week has kicked off here at Retro Movie Nerd and you can look forward to the following reviews this week: Star Wars on 6/22, Close Encounters of the Third Kind on 6/24 and Eraserhead on 6/26. 

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