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No. 1 films from 10, 20 and 30 years ago: ‘Chicken Little,’ ‘Get Shorty,’ ‘Death Wish 3'

Box office time machine

Willem Dafoe in the 1985 movie “To Live and Die in L.A.”

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Welcome to the Movies Now box office time machine. With “The Martian” once again blasting past an uninspiring batch of newcomers, we look at the No. 1 films from 10, 20 and 30 years ago. Click a film’s title to read The Times review:

2005 -- The Zach Braff-voiced animated tale “Chicken Little” discovered the sky’s the limit, bowing at number one with $40 million ($48.7 million in 2015 dollars). Sam Mendes’ Gulf War drama, “Jarhead,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx, finished second at $27.7 million ($33.8 million), while the previous week’s leader, “Saw II,” fell to third. The documentary “Gay Sex in the ‘70s” topped the per-theater averages with $17,357 ($21,147).

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1995 -- “Get Shorty” continued to chill at the top of the leaderboard for the third consecutive week with $9.7 million ($15.1 million in 2015 dollars), holding off three debuting films. Holdovers “Powder,” starring Sean Patrick Flanery and Jeff Goldblum, and the Sigourney Weaver thriller “Copycat” finished second and third, respectively.

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“Fair Game,” starring Cindy Crawford and William Baldwin, ran fourth to lead the new films with $4.9 million ($7.7 million); the Jodie Foster-directed “Home for the Holidays” was sixth with $4 million ($6.3 million); and “Gold Diggers: Secret of Bear Mountain,” starring young Christina Ricci and Anna Chlumsky, trailed in ninth place with $2.5 million ($4 million). In its second week, “Leaving Las Vegas,” Nicolas Cage’s eventual Oscar-winning turn, paced the per-theater averages at $11,589 ($18,094).

1985 -- Charles Bronson and “Death Wish 3” blew holes in the competition with $5.3 million ($11.8 million in 2015 dollars) in its opening weekend. William Friedkin’s “To Live and Die in L.A.,” starring up-and-comers William Petersen and Willem Dafoe, finished second with $3.6 million ($7.9 million), while “Jagged Edge,” dropped to third.

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“A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge,” which did not reach Los Angeles until mid-January 1986, scared up $2.9 million ($6.4 million). The immigrant memoir “Eleni,” starring John Malkovich and Kate Nelligan, opened strong in New York, topping the per-theater averages with $27,875 ($61,642).

Figures are from boxofficemojo.com.

kevin.crust@latimes.com

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