Monday, August 29, 2016

1982 AT THE MOVIES

Clockwise from the top left corner: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; Poltergeist; 48 HRS. Center: First Blood.

1982 was another watershed moment in film thanks to one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. Here are some significant highlights from that year:


  • 1982 was all about Steven Spielberg's E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial. It became the highest-grossing film of all time at that point. That record sustained until George Lucas re-released Star Wars in 1997. 
  • Tron becomes the first film to use computer animation extensively. 
  • Actor Vic Morrow is accidentally killed during filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie. 
  • Coca-Cola purchases Columbia Pictures. 
  • THX is developed for and used in movie theatres.
  • Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards: Gandhi
Now, here are the top ten domestically-grossing films from 1982:

  1. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (Universal) - $359.2 million
  2. Tootsie (Columbia) - $177.2 million
  3. An Officer and a Gentleman (Paramount) - $129.8 million
  4. Rocky III (United Artists) - $124.1 million
  5. Porky's (20th Century Fox) - $105.5 million
  6. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Paramount) - $78.9 million
  7. 48 HRS. (Paramount) - $78.9 million
  8. Poltergeist (MGM) - $76.6 million
  9. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Universal) - $69.7 million
  10. Annie (Columbia) - $57 million
1982 Week will be covering some pretty popular films. On 8/31, check out TRON; on 9/2, it's The Thing and closing out the week on 9/4 will be Blade Runner. Follow us using the Facebook and Twitter buttons in the right sidebar and subscribe by e-mail to receive all of our updates and stay locked in because OMG BLU-RAY GIVEAWAY! Details coming soon.

Enjoy your week!

~Chris

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