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Jaymole
06-16-12, 12:29 PM
I thought it would be interesting to check out what people were going to see 40 years ago in the theaters.

This is a list of all the films that were #1 at the box office for at least a week during that year. A lot of things interesting about this list, but i will mention just one....Woody Allen had 2 films that were #1 at the box office!!!!

Dirty Harry
The Cowboys
The Hot Rock
Cabaret
What's Up, Doc?
The Godfather
Play It Again, Sam
Shaft's Big Score
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Butterflies Are Free
Joe Kidd
Fat City
Deliverance
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
Sounder
Lady Sings the Blues
1776
The Poseidon Adventure
Jeremiah Johnson
The Getaway

GoldenJCJ
06-16-12, 12:30 PM
The only thing I was seeing 40 years ago was the inside of my Dad's nutsack!

dhmac
06-16-12, 12:39 PM
The only thing I was seeing 40 years ago was the inside of my Dad's nutsack!
Which is well-documented in the "What Happens During Ejaculation?" segment of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)

http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/oo33/dhmacg/EYAWTKAS2.jpg

Jaymole
06-16-12, 12:42 PM
The only thing I was seeing 40 years ago was the inside of my Dad's nutsack!

I'm sure you have some more great tales to tell of your days as a Urologist, but can you please save those for the Other forum.

Ash Ketchum
06-16-12, 12:47 PM
I thought it would be interesting to check out what people were going to see 40 years ago in the theaters.

This is a list of all the films that were #1 at the box office for at least a week during that year. A lot of things interesting about this list, but i will mention just one....Woody Allen had 2 films that were #1 at the box office!!!!

Dirty Harry
The Cowboys
The Hot Rock
Cabaret
What's Up, Doc?
The Godfather
Play It Again, Sam
Shaft's Big Score
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Butterflies Are Free
Joe Kidd
Fat City
Deliverance
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
Sounder
Lady Sings the Blues
1776
The Poseidon Adventure
Jeremiah Johnson
The Getaway

I saw 15 of these in theaters that year. In June of '72 I had a slow month and saw only four 1972 releases that month: THE GODFATHER, BUCK AND THE PREACHER, FRENZY, and CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. In addition, other 1972 releases seen in the first half of the year, not on the list above: SILENT RUNNING, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, BLINDMAN. On July 4th, I went to see Sergio Leone's DUCK, YOU SUCKER.

majorjoe23
06-16-12, 01:06 PM
The only thing I was seeing 40 years ago was the inside of my Dad's nutsack!

Worst 10th birthday ever!

Solid Snake
06-16-12, 01:42 PM
out of those films, I've only seen:

Dirty Harry
The Godfather
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Deliverance
Jeremiah Johnson
The Getaway


I've wanted to see What's Up, Doc? Especially w/ it being pretty cheap on BD. I've always wanted to see Cabaret cuz I know I'm missing a film I'll enjoy very much. The other ones I know very little of. So...from those films I haven't seen which are must sees?

islandclaws
06-16-12, 01:44 PM
I wish I could've been around to catch all of the Apes films in theaters during their original run.

Jaymole
06-16-12, 02:39 PM
out of those films, I've only seen:

Dirty Harry
The Godfather
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Deliverance
Jeremiah Johnson
The Getaway


I've wanted to see What's Up, Doc? Especially w/ it being pretty cheap on BD. I've always wanted to see Cabaret cuz I know I'm missing a film I'll enjoy very much. The other ones I know very little of. So...from those films I haven't seen which are must sees?

Fat City is a must see...a great John Huston film.

Play it Again Sam is very funny..a rare Woody Allen film that he did not direct.

I would also check out The Hot Rock...especially if you like heist films.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) is uneven...some skits work and some don't, but the ones that do are worth your time.

rw2516
06-16-12, 02:40 PM
I wish I could've been around to catch all of the Apes films in theaters during their original run.

Saw them all at the drive-in as a kid. In our town they were always exclusive to the drive-in. Out of that list I saw 10 of them at theater/drive-in in '72. Saw Godfather at the the drive-in. First time I can remember cops directing traffic at the theater entrance it was so busy. Poseidon was the big Christmas movie. Since school was out for Christmas vacation I walked to see it 6 times.

lizard
06-16-12, 03:44 PM
I saw four of those:
Dirty Harry
Cabaret
The Godfather
The Poseidon Adventure

All pretty high profile at the time although I can't remember where I saw them or with whom.

Cabaret is the one I remember enjoying the most; I was quite impressed with the performances, especially Liza Minnelli, although I haven't seen it since.

The Godfather wasn't my cup of tea so I never saw the second one; even though reviews said it was better than the first I didn't care for the story line. (Yes, I am aware that the movies are worshiped by cinephiles here.) Another movie I haven't seen since.

The Poseidon Adventure was the big "popcorn movie" of the time; disaster movies with big name actors were a fad—perhaps they still are. I don't remember much about it, so it didn't have much impact.

Dirty Harry was the movie that made Clint Eastwood a star, IIRC. This is the only one of the four I've seen again on other formats besides the first run on the big screen. Something of a classic of the genre.

Dr Mabuse
06-16-12, 04:18 PM
'The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean' is from 1972, you guys have to see that. Man I love that film.

'The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid' is from that year, well worth seeing.

'Junior Bonner' is 1972, Peckinpah and McQueen. A good film.

'Bad Company' with a young Jeff Bridges is a very good film.

'Ulzana's Raid' is a terrific film from that year.

'The New Centurions' is an excellent George C Scott film from 1972.

'Solaris' of course, a masterwork.

'Aguirre, The Wrath of God' again, a masterpiece.

That was a good year for film.

rw2516
06-16-12, 04:37 PM
After checking my database, other films I saw in 1972

Indoors
Last House On The Left
Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean
The Mechanic
Prime Cut
Sleuth
Snowball Express
Ulzana's Raid
Thunderball/You Only Live Twice (reissue)
Dr. No/From Russia With Love/Goldfinger (reissue)

Drive-in
Asylum
Cisco Pike
Dr. Phibes Rises Again
Dracula A.D. 1972
Frogs
Vampire Circus

mike45
06-16-12, 05:10 PM
I thought it would be interesting to check out what people were going to see 40 years ago in the theaters.

This is a list of all the films that were #1 at the box office for at least a week during that year. A lot of things interesting about this list, but i will mention just one....Woody Allen had 2 films that were #1 at the box office!!!!

Dirty Harry
The Cowboys
The Hot Rock
Cabaret
What's Up, Doc?
The Godfather
Play It Again, Sam
Shaft's Big Score
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Butterflies Are Free
Joe Kidd
Fat City
Deliverance
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
Sounder
Lady Sings the Blues
1776
The Poseidon Adventure
Jeremiah Johnson
The Getaway

Of the films on the list, I saw "The Cowboys" double billed with "McCabe and Mrs. Miller", "Play It Again, Sam" and "The Poseidon Adventure" I did see in the theater.

Films released in 1972 I saw the the theater were "Ben", "Frenzy" double billed with "Play Misty For Me", "Snoopy Come Home".

Rockmjd23
06-16-12, 05:21 PM
Don't forget, this was also the year Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny came out.

Michael Corvin
06-16-12, 07:34 PM
It would be interesting to see a number count for '82, '92 and '11 for comparison since films now spend less time at #1.

Nick Danger
06-16-12, 07:52 PM
I saw The Posidon Adventure and 1776 in the theater. Our whole elementary school class was walked to the theater to see the second one. I suppose that's also the year I saw The Andromeda Strain and Silent Running.

Crocker Jarmen
06-16-12, 08:05 PM
I checked my archive. In the Niagara Region, here is what you could have seen exactly 40 years ago:

Friday June 16th 1972


http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/9253/june161972.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/40/june161972.jpg/)

Saturday June 17th 1972
Elvis AND The Beatles!

http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/3857/june171972.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/846/june171972.jpg/)

June 23rd 1972
Naughtiness!

http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/2155/june231972.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/840/june231972.jpg/)

June 30th 1972


http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/8919/june301972.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/825/june301972.jpg/)

October 3rd 1972


http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/5787/oct31972.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/18/oct31972.jpg/)

October 7th 1972
AS usual, the best offerings were at the drive-in

http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/6367/oct71972.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/52/oct71972.jpg/)

October 19th 1972


http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/2381/oct191972.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/62/oct191972.jpg/)

October 26th 1972


http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/6447/oct261972.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/651/oct261972.jpg/)

Fist of Doom
06-16-12, 08:13 PM
It would be interesting to see a number count for '82, '92 and '11 for comparison since films now spend less time at #1.

They certainly do.

Here are the movies that hit #1 in 2011:

True Grit
The Green Hornet
No Strings Attached
The Rite
The Roomate
Just Go With It
Unknown
Hall Pass
Rango
Battle: Los Angeles
Limitless
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2
Hop
Rio
Fast Five
Thor
Pirates of the Caribbean 4
The Hangover Pt II
X-Men: First Class
Super 8
Green Lantern
Cars 2
Transformers 3
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2
Captain America
The Smurfs
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The Help (4 weeks!)
Contagion
The Lion King 3D
Dolphin Tale
Real Steel
Paranormal Activity 3
Puss in Boots
Immortals
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt 1
New Year's Eve
Sherlock Holmes 2
Mission: Impossible 4

dhmac
06-16-12, 09:34 PM
Where's the first movie I ever saw in a movie theater: Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (released in the U.S. in 1972)?

I have such fond memories of that movie that it almost brings tears to my eyes when I see the scene where Godzilla use his atomic breath to fly backwards.

Michael Corvin
06-16-12, 10:13 PM
They certainly do.

Here are the movies that hit #1 in 2011:

True Grit
The Green Hornet
No Strings Attached
The Rite
The Roomate
Just Go With It
Unknown
Hall Pass
Rango
Battle: Los Angeles
Limitless
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2
Hop
Rio
Fast Five
Thor
Pirates of the Caribbean 4
The Hangover Pt II
X-Men: First Class
Super 8
Green Lantern
Cars 2
Transformers 3
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2
Captain America
The Smurfs
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The Help (4 weeks!)
Contagion
The Lion King 3D
Dolphin Tale
Real Steel
Paranormal Activity 3
Puss in Boots
Immortals
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt 1
New Year's Eve
Sherlock Holmes 2
Mission: Impossible 4

39 movies? Damn. That's almost a new #1 every week.

Thanks for the list.

Strevlac
06-16-12, 10:38 PM
They certainly do.

Here are the movies that hit #1 in 2011:

True Grit
The Green Hornet
No Strings Attached
The Rite
The Roomate
Just Go With It
Unknown
Hall Pass
Rango
Battle: Los Angeles
Limitless
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2
Hop
Rio
Fast Five
Thor
Pirates of the Caribbean 4
The Hangover Pt II
X-Men: First Class
Super 8
Green Lantern
Cars 2
Transformers 3
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2
Captain America
The Smurfs
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The Help (4 weeks!)
Contagion
The Lion King 3D
Dolphin Tale
Real Steel
Paranormal Activity 3
Puss in Boots
Immortals
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt 1
New Year's Eve
Sherlock Holmes 2
Mission: Impossible 4

This list compared with the 1972 one is crushingly depressing.

MBoyd
06-16-12, 10:50 PM
Thanks for those old movie ads Crocker Jarmen, i always love looking back at those. I would peruse the ones in The Dallas Morning News weekly. Even when it was 6,7,8 etc . . . and of course it was years later before I saw most of the films. :)

Jaymole
06-16-12, 10:52 PM
This list compared with the 1972 one is crushingly depressing.

There are 2 big differences between the 2 lists:

The first is that there was only ONE drama among the 39 films from 2011 that was #1.

The second s that almost every film from 1972 on the list was geared to adults...that is almost completely opposite to how it is today. The majority of Hollywood films today are geared to people under 21.

Jaymole
06-16-12, 10:58 PM
I checked my archive. In the Niagara Region, here is what you could have seen exactly 40 years ago:

Friday June 16th 1972


http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/9253/june161972.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/40/june161972.jpg/)

Saturday June 17th 1972
Elvis AND The Beatles!

http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/3857/june171972.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/846/june171972.jpg/)

June 23rd 1972
Naughtiness!

http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/2155/june231972.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/840/june231972.jpg/)

June 30th 1972


http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/8919/june301972.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/825/june301972.jpg/)

October 3rd 1972


http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/5787/oct31972.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/18/oct31972.jpg/)

October 7th 1972
AS usual, the best offerings were at the drive-in

http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/6367/oct71972.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/52/oct71972.jpg/)

October 19th 1972


http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/2381/oct191972.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/62/oct191972.jpg/)

October 26th 1972


http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/6447/oct261972.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/651/oct261972.jpg/)

Thanks...love seeing those ads!!

As a kid, I use to cut out all the movie ads from the NY papers and keep them in a scrapbook. I still have a lot of the ads...most are them are from 1974 to 1978. I just wish my parents bought the NY Times as it was a much larger paper and some of their ads were gigantic!!

Fist of Doom
06-16-12, 11:05 PM
I'm bored tonight, so what the heck...#1's from 30 years ago and 20 years ago:

1982:

Time Bandits
Absence of Malice
On Golden Pond
Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
Porky's (8 weeks!)
Conan the Barbarian
Rocky III
Star Trek 2
E.T. (17 weeks :eek:)
Zapped!
An Officer and a Gentleman
First Blood
Creepshow
The Empire Strikes Back (reissue)
The Toy
Tootsie

1992:

Hook
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
Medicine Man
Wayne's World
Basic Instinct
White Men Can't Jump
Sleepwalkers
Lethal Weapon 3
Patriot Games
Batman Returns
League of Their Own
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
Mo' Money
Death Becomes Her
Unforgiven
Honeymoon in Vegas
Sneakers
The Last of the Mohicans
Under Siege
Passenger 57
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Home Alone 2
A Few Good Men
Aladdin

Rockmjd23
06-17-12, 06:49 AM
I didn't realize Mo' Money was such a hit! :lol:

wishbone
06-17-12, 07:32 AM
We went to see Tootsie in '82 and my sister thought we were going to see The Dark Crystal -- she was so pissed. :lol:

Jules Winfield
06-17-12, 09:08 AM
In 1972, I saw none of those movies in theaters because I was -7 years old.

In 1982, I fared better. I saw E.T. and that was it.

In 1992, the ones that I didn't see were Basic Instinct, Patriot Games, Unforgiven, Honeymoon in Vegas, Sneakers, The Last of the Mohicans, A Few Good Men and Aladdin. Yes, I even saw Mo' Money.

Rockmjd23
06-17-12, 09:43 AM
The only ones in 92 I saw in theaters were Hook and Batman Returns, I think. I don't think I ever saw Medicine Man.

Nick Danger
06-17-12, 10:42 AM
Interesting. Both of those years were gaps in my life. In 1982, I was poor. I didn't see any movies in the theater. In 1992, I was just getting back on my feet after losing a job, and I didn't see any of those movies in the theater either.

wishbone
06-17-12, 10:43 AM
1982
I think I saw Time Bandits in the theater -- I definitely remember seeing the trailer.
Star Trek 2:  The Wrath of Khan
The Toy
Tootsie

1992
Wayne's World
The Last of the Mohicans
A Few Good Men

Michael Corvin
06-17-12, 04:15 PM
Wow, '82 is an impressively short list. ET at #1 for 17 weeks? That's crazy impressive.

Not sure why I skipped, '02, but it looks like we need one more list Fist(when you're bored of course). ;)

This list compared with the 1972 one is crushingly depressing.

Indeed.

PopcornTreeCt
06-17-12, 04:32 PM
I saw 5 of the 1992 list in the theaters. Pretty good for a 9 year old.

Ash Ketchum
06-17-12, 07:56 PM
I'm bored tonight, so what the heck...#1's from 30 years ago and 20 years ago:

1982:

Time Bandits
Absence of Malice
On Golden Pond
Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
Porky's (8 weeks!)
Conan the Barbarian
Rocky III
Star Trek 2
E.T. (17 weeks :eek:)
Zapped!
An Officer and a Gentleman
First Blood
Creepshow
The Empire Strikes Back (reissue)
The Toy
Tootsie

1992:

Hook
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
Medicine Man
Wayne's World
Basic Instinct
White Men Can't Jump
Sleepwalkers
Lethal Weapon 3
Patriot Games
Batman Returns
League of Their Own
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
Mo' Money
Death Becomes Her
Unforgiven
Honeymoon in Vegas
Sneakers
The Last of the Mohicans
Under Siege
Passenger 57
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Home Alone 2
A Few Good Men
Aladdin

In theaters: I saw 15 from the 1972 list, 7 from the 1982 list, 14 from the 1992 list, and only 4 from the 2011 list in post #19.

Drexl
06-17-12, 09:15 PM
I had no idea that at one time, Zapped! was the #1 movie at the box office. Wow.

printerati
06-17-12, 09:25 PM
1982:

E.T. (17 weeks :eek:)


I thought for sure that Tron would have made this list, even for just one week, but E.T. (in its fifth week of release) took in almost 3x as much as Tron on its opening weekend.

As for me, I saw 0 of the 1972 films theatrically, 4 of the 1982, 9 of the 1992, and 3 of the 2011.

My Other Self
06-18-12, 12:11 AM
I wasn't quite born yet in 1982 but the only 1992 movie I saw in theaters there was Honey, I Blew Up the Kid.

I didn't go to the movies much until the later 90s when I would go with friends.

Howie2000
06-18-12, 04:45 AM
There are 2 big differences between the 2 lists:

The first is that there was only ONE drama among the 39 films from 2011 that was #1.

The second s that almost every film from 1972 on the list was geared to adults...that is almost completely opposite to how it is today. The majority of Hollywood films today are geared to people under 21.

Smart business model on Hollywoods part but I wonder if they shifted to far the other way. You have an entire segment of the adult population who have no interestest in most of the Fanboy/Kiddiecentric stuff that dominates the box office and would wholly embrace adult drama but for the most part have abandoned the theater going experience. Looking at the success of all the 2011 bp oscar nominees(even an art film like Black Swan hit 100m) there clearly is a untapped market out there.

Fist of Doom
06-18-12, 05:43 AM
it looks like we need one more list Fist(when you're bored of course). ;)

Heh - I'll be bored all week! I've got pretty much nothing to do this week, sooo...I went through the last 30 years last night and tallied the number of #1 movies:

1972: 20
1973: 22
1974: 19
1975: 17
1976: 22
1977: 17
1978: 18
1979: 16
1980: 17
1981: 26
1982: 16
1983: 24
1984: 22
1985: 18
1986: 22
1987: 23
1988: 29
1989: 24
1990: 27
1991: 25
1992: 23
1993: 28
1994: 29
1995: 28
1996: 34
1997: 35
1998: 28*
1999: 35
2000: 31
2001: 35
2002: 34
2003: 41
2004: 37
2005: 40
2006: 40
2007: 39
2008: 41
2009: 43
2010: 34
2011: 39

* Titanic: 13 weeks

Fun facts:

-Star Wars stretched its #1 status (off and on) from May to October.

-Richard Pryor was a surprisingly good box office draw well into the 1980s (The Toy, Superman III, Critical Condition, Jo Jo Dancer, You're Life is Calling, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Harlem Knights and 2 stand-up movies). None of them had legs, though.

-Good Morning, Vietnam was #1 for 9 weeks :eek:

-Jaws was #1 for all of summer 1975 (holy cow!), and a total of 14 weeks.

-9 of the 1981 #1's (35%) were horror films.

Josh-da-man
06-18-12, 09:46 PM
There are 2 big differences between the 2 lists:

The first is that there was only ONE drama among the 39 films from 2011 that was #1.

The second s that almost every film from 1972 on the list was geared to adults...that is almost completely opposite to how it is today. The majority of Hollywood films today are geared to people under 21.

It seems like most the drama and programs geared toward an adult audience are now on television, especially pay cable: Borgias, Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, Dexter, Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, etc.

Drexl
06-18-12, 10:34 PM
It seems like most the drama and programs geared toward an adult audience are now on television, especially pay cable: Borgias, Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, Dexter, Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, etc.

I think there are still drama movies made for adults, but they don't get much promotion, except for a handful at the end of the year that get awards attention.

Look at Woody Allen, who had a few films on the 1972 list. He's still going, making quality films for adults, but they don't get the same kinds of releases as mainstream films now. Midnight in Paris was actually a surprise hit, his biggest box office take ever, and it didn't crack the top 50 domestically last year. That film's widest release was a little over 1,000 theaters, after it had built up momentum from word of mouth.

Michael Corvin
06-18-12, 10:55 PM
I think part of the problem is the rising cost of seeing a movie coupled with what Josh said. With so much good drama on tv, I don't want to drop $24 (for 2) on a drama at the theater. If I'm dropping that much it's going to be an event movie that benefits from all that theaters have to offer. I can rent the dramas later.