When Grown-Ups Went to See Films About Grown-Ups

from the NY Times:

Of the many notable things about “Kramer vs. Kramer” — nine Oscar nominations, five wins — perhaps the most surprising is this: It was the highest-grossing film of 1979. To repeat: “Kramer vs. Kramer,” a film about a divorce, was the highest-grossing film released that year. (To be fair, the fifth-highest-grossing film released that year was about a man going insane in Vietnam.) To further illustrate how tastes in blockbusters have, er, evolved, here are the five top-grossing films of 1979 and the five top-grossing films of 2010.


  1. Kramer vs. Kramer
  2. Rocky II
  3. Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  4. Alien
  5. Apocalypse Now


  1. Toy Story 3
  2. Alice in Wonderland
  3. Iron Man 2
  4. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

of course I don’t know if there is really a pattern:

**Top-US-Grossing Titles Released In 1980 **

1.Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back $290M 2.Superman II $108M 3.Nine to Five $103M 4.Stir Crazy $102M 5.Airplane! $83.4M

**Top-US-Grossing Titles Released In 1981 **

1.Raiders of the Lost Ark $242M 2.On Golden Pond $119M 3.Arthur $95.5M 4.Stripes $85.3M 5.For Your Eyes Only $62.3M

**Top-US-Grossing Titles Released In 1982 **

1.Tootsie $177M 2.An Officer and a Gentleman $130M 3.Porky’s $106M 4.48 Hrs. $75.9M 5.The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas $69.7M

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