Lifetime Gross: $32,868,943
Date Title (click to view) Gross 06/25/1982 Blade Runner $27,580,111 09/11/1992 Blade Runner (re-issue) $3,740,330 10/05/2007 Blade Runner: The Final Cut $1,548,502
Total Lifetime GrossesDomestic: $19,629,760
That's right today 6/25/02 is the 30th Anniversary of two Sci-Fi Masterpieces. Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" and John Carpenter's "The Thing" both opened in theaters on this day. Both films got mixed reviews and performed poorly at the box office office. Neither got an international release to my knowledge. As both films entered the Home Video market, something happen. Both films got cult status and aged very well. Now 30 Years later, they are both certified Classic Movies with "Blade Runner" being called one of the greatest films of all time and "The Thing" joined Legendary Sci-Fi Horror's like "Alien" as one of the Best. What these film prove is that Box Office is not the final judge of a movie quality. Both Budgets weren't that high but they didn't make a profit.
So what happen? Why were two really great films so misunderstood? Why did audiences reject both at the box office? Many box office Historians blame it on that friendly Alien "E.T." which came on the big screen 2 weeks earlier and rampaged the Box Office and hurt everything after it in the way "The Avengers" has done today. Sure we can blame E.T. but both movies don't have a lot of action and are very slow paced so maybe Audiences just didn't connect. Reguardless Happy 30th Birthday to both. I saw "Blade Runner" a few months ago and it's such a great movie with many great themes. I watched "The Thing" (And sadly it's prequel from last year) over this weekend and wow has the movie aged very well. I'm happy Ridley and John got the last laugh.