2005 – Despite a mediocre critical reception (56% at Rotten Tomatoes), the romantic comedy “Just Like Heaven” and its Cure-inspired title ascended to No. 1, unseating reigning champion “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” with $16.3 million ($21.5 million in 2015 dollars). “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride” opened on five screens and registered the weekend’s highest per-screen average.
1995 – “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar,” with Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo, dressed for success for a second straight week with $6.5 million ($12.6 million in 2015 dollars), finishing ahead of the debut of Spike Lee’s “Clockers.” "To Wong Foo" was not a hit with critics (41% at Rotten Tomatoes), and its depiction of drag queens stirred up some controversy. “Unstrung Heroes,” a nostalgic comedy of eccentrics, directed by Diane Keaton, had the highest per-screen average.
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1985 – “Back to the Future,” with $4.1 million ($9.8 million in 2015 dollars), raced to No. 1 for the 10th time in 11 weeks, the lone exception being a third week detour behind “European Vacation.” The Robert Zemeckis-directed "Back to the Future" was by far the top grosser of the year and a critical favorite (96% at Rotten Tomatoes). For the fourth straight week, star Michael J. Fox also had the second-biggest film with “Teen Wolf.” No new movies cracked the top 10, but Martin Scorsese’s “After Hours,” with Griffin Dunne, topped the per-screen average.