32 years ago today. Friday June 25, 1982. Newborn Prince William was 3 days old. Sidney Lumet was celebrating his 58th birthday. Ricky Gervais turned 21.
Two movies premiered that afternoon. Blade Runner and The Thing. The top 10 movies at the box office that weekend:
1. E.T. (its 3rd week in theaters)
2. Blade Runner
4. Rocky III
5. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
7. Poltergeist (its 2nd week in theaters)
8. The Thing
10. Bambi (reissue)
(Bambi sold more than 8 million tickets in 1982… not bad, considering it sold less than 12 million tickets when it premiered 40 years earlier)
Blade Runner and The Thing opened on the same day. I never knew that until stumbling across it today. At first this was thrilling to learn. Then it made me gloomy and I wasn’t sure why. Working through my feelings about the very special summer of 1982, I’m reminded of the quote: “Everything gone by was better.” Sometimes seems that way, but is it really true?