The classic, King Kong, made its New York premiere on this day–in 1933. (It was released nationwide on April 7th).
It’s also Willis O’Brien’s birthday (who created the marvelous stop-motion effects for the film). He was born in 1886.
Several actors–who had prominent roles in Horror films–were born on this day.
Oliver Reed (1937) – Curse of the Werewolf, Burnt Offerings, The Brood
David Naughton (1951) – An American Werewolf in London
Mena Suvari (1979) – The Rage: Carrie 2, Day of the Dead, Don’t Blink
When I hear that a film is the highest grossing film of all-time, or for a weekend, or for a certain month, etc., I always wonder what other blockbuster films would have made, if ticket prices were the same as they are today.
Fortunately, Box Office Mojo gives the answer. They provide a list of the Top 200 films–adjusted for inflation (you can find it here–http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adjusted.htm) if you want the full list.
Many of the films are no surprise–like Gone With the Wind (#1), Star Wars (#2), Jaws (#7), or Raiders of the Lost Ark (#20), the many Disney, and family, films.
But, there were some films I was very surprised to find on the list. Such as:
House of Wax (Warner Bros-1953). This little horror gem–starring Vincent Price–made $23,750 during its initial release. But, adjusted for inflation puts it at #96 with $419,414,900–putting ahead of such modern films as the Iron Man films, Toy Story 1 & 2, and all but one of the Harry Potter films.
Young Frankenstein (Fox–1974). This hilarious horror romp–directed by Mel Brooks, and starring Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn and Peter Boyle–made $86,273,333. But, adjusted for inflation puts it at #118 (with $378,872,300).
Stir Crazy (Columbia-1980). This great Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor comedy took in $101,300,000, but adjusted for inflation puts it at #187–with $312,561,300.