|Clockwise from the top left corner: Batman; Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; Lethal Weapon 2; Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Center: Back to the Future Part II.|
So we have come to 1989, a year that was dominated by one film at the box offices, both in terms of dollars and in fan anticipation. That film was Tim Burton's Batman. It wouldn't be 1989 if you didn't see Batman t-shirts everywhere. 1989 was also the year that Field of Dreams resonated with baseball fans. On the business side of things, Columbia Pictures and Tri-Star are both sold to Sony. We lost such screen legends as Laurence Olivier, John Cassavetes, Lucille Ball, Sergio Leone, Gilda Radner, Mel Blanc, Irving Berlin, Bette Davis and Lee Van Cleef. Meanwhile, The Little Mermaid sees release and suddenly the audience's interest in Disney animated features is renewed.
Here now are the top ten domestically grossing films for 1989:
- Batman (WB) - $251.2 million
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Paramount) - $197.2 million
- Lethal Weapon 2 (WB) - $147.3 million
- Look Who's Talking (Tri-Star) - $140.1 million
- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (Buena Vista) - $130.7 million
- Back to the Future Part II (Universal) - $118.5 million
- Ghostbusters II (Columbia) - $112.5 million
- Driving Miss Daisy (WB) - $106.6 million
- Parenthood (Universal) - $100 million
- Dead Poets Society (Buena Vista) - $95.9 million
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