Monday, August 22, 2016

1988 AT THE MOVIES

Clockwise from the top left corner: Crocodile Dundee II; Die Hard; Willow; Rambo III. Center: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.


The wayback machine stops in the year 1988 this week, where we find a few timeless classics at the box office. The big winner from this year, both from a financial and critical persepctive was Rain Man, raking in millions while earning Best Picture, Best Director (Barry Levinson) and Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman) at the Academy Awards. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? came along and mixed live action with animation while comedy came up big with Coming to America, Big and The Naked Gun.

Let's take a look at the top ten domestically-grossing films from that year, thanks to our friends at boxofficemojo.com:


  1. Rain Man (MGM) - $172.8 million
  2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (Buena Vista) - $156.5 million
  3. Coming to America (Paramount) - $128.2 million
  4. Big (Fox) - $115 million
  5. Twins (Universal) - $111.9 million
  6. Crocodile Dundee II (Paramount) - $109.3 million
  7. Die Hard (Fox) - $83 million
  8. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (Paramount) - $78.8 million
  9. Cocktail (Buena Vista) - $78.2 million
  10. Beetlejuice (WB) - $73.7 million
Looking ahead at out week that celebrates 1988, you will find reviews for Willow (8/24), They Live (8/26) and Short Circuit 2 (8/28). Also, if you do not already, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Links are located on the sidebar on the right. It's a good time to do so because we've been hinting at a blu-ray giveaway and it's coming soon.

Enjoy your week!

~Chris

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