The re-release of Jaws is destroying the competition at the box office.
National Cinema Day brought moviegoers back to theaters in droves, with movies like Top Gun: Maverick, which has been out for months, raking in $6 million to add to its already record-breaking total. This is even more impressive considering the idea behind National Cinema Day was to make all movie tickets $3. Other movies like Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is back in theaters with new scenes, also did well. However, one of the most surprising winners from the weekend was the 1975 Steven Spielberg classic Jaws.
Jaws managed to pull in $2.6 million this past weekend, putting it in 10th place. It also outperformed every other movie currently in theaters on a per-theater basis. It definitely goes to show that Steven Spielberg blockbusters have that undeniable staying power. It also helped that Jaws was showing in 3D and IMAX for the first time, making the film an even more immersive experience. If you’ve gone all of these years without seeing Jaws, or if it’s been a while since you’ve seen this classic film, now seems like the best time to check it out.
Jaws is essentially a perfect blockbuster. It has dynamic characters thanks to Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss. Of course, it also has one of the most famous movie monsters of all time the fearsome Jaws. Despite the technical limitations (the animatronic shark does show its age), Steven Spielberg navigates the directorial chair perfectly, opting to build suspense and fear by only showing glimpses of the shark. It also has an unforgettable score by the great John Williams, who won an Oscar for his efforts. Seeing Spielberg’s masterful direction with the cinematic music of John Williams makes this film the perfect recipe for a great theater experience.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that a Steven Spielberg classic made waves at the theaters upon its return. In 2013, Jurassic Park came back to theaters in 3D, bringing in an impressive $18.6 million on its opening weekend at the domestic box office. It ended up making $118 million worldwide when all was said and done. Not bad for a movie that was two decades old at the time. Along with Jaws, Jurassic Park is simply one of the best blockbusters out there, so it’s no surprise that moviegoers showed out to see dinosaurs walk the Earth again.
Fortunately for movie fans, Steven Spielberg is still making plenty of movies, with West Side Story being his most recent effort. It won’t be long until we see his next film The Fabelmans, which is due to come out on November 23. The Fabelmans will follow a young man named Sammy Fabelman growing up in post-World War 11 Arizona. Sammy discovers a family secret and uses the power of film to seek the truth. Along with directing the film, Spielberg also co-wrote the screenplay with Tony Kushner. Kushner also wrote the screenplay for Spielberg’s West Side Story and Lincoln. The Fabelmans will star Gabriel LaBelle, Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Julia Butters, and more.