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.


“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).

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