Monday, September 19, 2016

1986 AT THE MOVIES

Clockwise from the top left corner: Top Gun; The Karate Kid Part II; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; Aliens. Center: The Golden Child.


Step out of the time machine and into the year 1986. When looking back to '86 we find several blockbusters that cracked the $100 million barrier, including the likable Crocodile Dundee. The big winner was Top Gun, which pretty much cemented Tom Cruise's perch atop Hollywood. There were a few sequels such as Aliens, The Karate Kid Part II and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. As for Academy Award winners, look no further than Platoon, which won Best Picture and nabbed a Best Director honor for Oliver Stone. Paul Newman won Best Actor for The Color of Money, while Marlee Matlin won Best Actress for Children of a Lesser God. 

Here now are the top ten domestically-grossing films for 1986, courtesy of boxofficemojo.com:


  1. Top Gun (Paramount) - $176.8 million
  2. Crocodile Dundee (Paramount) - $174.8 million
  3. Platoon (Orion) - $138.5 million
  4. The Karate Kid Part II (Columbia) - $115.1 million
  5. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Paramount) - $109.7 million
  6. Back to School (Orion) - $91.3 million
  7. Aliens (Fox) - $85.2 million
  8. The Golden Child (Paramount) - $79.8 million
  9. Ruthless People (Buena Vista) - $71.6 million
  10. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Paramount) - $70.1 million
This week's reviews include a couple from the top ten itself along with a sci-fi cult classic. On 9/21, we will review Top Gun; 9/23 will feature Aliens and closing out the week on 9/25 we will have The Fly. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for e-mail service, where you will receive timely updates.

Enjoy your week!
~Chris

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