Monday, June 27, 2016

Biggest Movies

The Blair Witch Project is generally the title brought up in conversation when discussing the largest movie opening at the Uptown Theatre. This is absolutely correct, but what's less known is the remainder of the top ten. This list goes between November 1985 and June 2016 and is not adjusted for inflation:

Largest Grossing Weeks
1. Blair Witch Project (07.16.99)
2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (01.12.01)
3. Royal Tenenbaums (12.21.01)
4. Crying Game (01.08.93)
5. Grand Budapest Hotel (03.14.14)
6. A Mighty Wind (04.16.03)
7. Juno (12.14.07)
8. About Schmidt (12.20.02)
9. Fargo (03.08.96)
10. Pan's Labyrinth (01.19.07)

The remainder of the top 25 paint an intriguing picture of the 1990s independent scene, as many others are period pictures (The Piano, Sense & Sensibility, Emma, and Enchanted April). The most surprising entry (to me, anyway) is 2000's The Endurance. The largest grossing re-release is Casablanca in 1992, just making the list at #25.

The longest a movie ever stayed at the Uptown is Sex, Lies, & Videotape for 8 weeks in 1989. This is followed by both The Piano in 1993 and In Bruges in 2008 at 7 weeks each.

As for midnights, the top ten are dominated by two screenings of The Room where Tommy Wiseau appeared in person and the Halloween weekend shows of Rocky Horror Picture Show. If one were to go just by titles, however:

Largest Grossing Midnight Films
1. The Room (11.20.10)
2. Rocky Horror Picture Show (10.29.10)
(then the other Room & Rocky Horror Halloween screenings)
3. The Goonies (11.15.03)
4. Donnie Darko (01.03.04)
5. Nightmare Before Christmas (10.25.03)
6. Neverending Story (01.06.01)
7. Princess Bride (07.22.00)
8. Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Animation (04.29.00)
9. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (11.08.03)
10. Spirited Away (01.01.16)

While the least attended film at the Uptown is unknown (Not Another Gay Movie & The New Girlfriend are my best guesses), Grumpy Old Men was the least attended midnight on 08.18.01.

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