“Jaws” is returning to the big screen for its 40th anniversary celebration on June 21 and 24, 2015. The movie, which is based on a Peter Banchley novel directed by Steven Spielberg, was a huge hit when it first debut back in 1975.
The special “Jaws” Director’s Cut showings are to be presented by Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Universal Pictures. The screenings are scheduled to take place in nearly 500 theaters across the United States.
Fathom Events vice president of programming, Kymberli Frueh-Owens, was quoted by Entertainment Weekly as having said that the time has come for “Jaws” to make a comeback and once again thrill movie enthusiasts.
Jaws is a classic thriller enjoyed by generations and it is ready for a comeback. Movie buffs will love seeing their favorite killer shark larger than life on the big screen. No risk of shark bite!
According to CBS News, Spielberg was only 26-years-old when he produced the first movie in the “Jaws” franchise, which has since become a classic with a cult-like following. When commenting on the film, Spielberg said that he was convinced of the movie’s success when he saw someone run out of the theater to throw up in a trash can and then return to see the rest of the film.
Spielberg was right about that – in six just six months, “Jaws” became the top grossing film in history, topping the “Godfather” series. It grossed $150 million, which is equal to $660 million when adjusted for today’s rates. On top of that, it opened the doors for a whole franchise, giving the green light for “Jaws 2” (1978), “Jaws 3-D” (1983) and “Jaws: The Revenge” (1987), which raked in close to a billion dollars.
The tickets for special “Jaws” showings will go on sale starting Friday, May 29 and can be purchased on Fathom Events or at participating theaters.