It’s time once again for the Anniversary Edition. This is a series where we highlight the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music that came out during the year of 1990, the first year of the decade of the 90s. A lot of big things debuted or made a huge impact that year and so we will highlight some of those in this series.
We have previously looked at the year in music and video games in 1990. We now turn to the movies of 1990. This was another huge year at the box office. The top 10 films of 1990 grossed more money than the top 10 films of 1989 as more and more films grossed more and more money. Are there more popular films in 1990 than the previous year? Let’s check it out.
Of the top 10 movies of 1990, what was the highest grossing film that year? Again it depends on where you’re talking about. If you’re talking domestically, it is Home Alone, the classic Christmas holiday classic starring Macaulay Culkin. It released on November 16th with a budget of just $18 million and would go on to gross over $285 million in the U.S. & over $476 million worldwide. Now internationally? That would be Ghost. The romantic film starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore was released on July 13th. With a budget of just $22 million the film would go on to gross over $217 million in the U.S. & over $505 million worldwide.
What are some popular sequels that were released in 1989? These would include Back to the Future Part IIII (May 25th), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (June 15th), Robocop 2 (June 22nd), Die Hard 2 (July 4th) and The Godfather Part III (December 25th).
There were lots of family friendly films that released in 1990. Disney’s big entry was The Rescuers Down Under. Released in theaters on November 16th, The Rescuers Down Under was a sequel to the original film that was released back in 1977. It is one of the few sequels that is considered part of the Disney animated features canon. Another huge family film (or kid movie if you want to call it that) is the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live action movie. Banking on the popularity of the comic book and cartoon TV series, the movie released on March 30th and would go on to be the 5th highest grossing film domestically (over $135 million) and 9th internationally (over $202 million). It also has the distinction of 2nd highest grossing independent film of all time. Other family friendly films that released in 1990 include Jetsons: The Movie (July 6th) and Ducktales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (August 3rd).
Big dramas that made their debut in 1990 include Presumed Innocent (June 27th), Goodfellas (September 19th), Memphis Belle (October 12th), and Dances with Wolves (November 21st). Action films include The Hunt for Red October (March 2nd), Total Recall (June 1st), Days of Thunder (June 27th), and Darkman (August 24th). Comedies include Pretty Woman (March 23rd), Cadillac Man (May 16th) and Kindergarten Cop (December 21st). There is also the cult classic Edward Scissorhands (December 14th).
Which of the films listed was your favorite? Obviously there were so many more films that came out in 1990. Is there a film not listed that came from 1990 that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at the year in TV shows in 1990. Until then, crank up the old VCR and enjoy some classic movies.