One of the greatest movies of all time, director Steven Spielberg‘s killer shark thriller JAWS, is set to return to theaters around the country in celebration of its 40th anniversary.
The movie will return to theaters courteous of Fathom Events, first on June 21st at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time, and then again on June 24th at the same times. The screenings will also include a special introduction from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.
You can read more and get ticket information below.
Date: Sunday, June 21
Time: 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time)
Run Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes (approximate)
Ticketing: Tickets are available by clicking on the orange “Buy Tickets” button. If online ticketing is not available for your location, you can purchase your tickets by visiting the box office at your local participating movie theater.
Special Fathom Feature: Enjoy a specially produced introduction from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz that will give insight into how this classic still makes us think twice about jumping in that water!
Dare to relive the terrifying masterpiece? Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment invite you to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the one of the most popular American thrillers of all time when Jaws (1975) returns to select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day only event on Sunday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time.
It’s a hot summer on Amity Island, a small community whose main business is its beaches. When new Sheriff Martin Brody discovers the remains of a shark attack victim, his first inclination is to close the beaches to swimmers. This doesn’t sit well with Mayor Larry Vaughn and several of the local businessmen. Brody backs down to his regret as that weekend a young boy is killed by the predator. The dead boy’s mother puts out a bounty on the shark and Amity is soon swamped with amateur hunters and fisherman hoping to cash in on the reward. A local fisherman with much experience hunting sharks, Quint, offers to hunt down the creature for a hefty fee. Soon Quint, Brody and Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute are at sea hunting the Great White shark. As Brody succinctly surmises after their first encounter with the creature, they’re going to need a bigger boat.
The movie, which starred Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, and Lorraine Gary, was first released on June 20th of 1975. It cost only a little under $10 million to make, and has made $470.6 million worldwide.
To give you an idea of just how much things have changed in the past four decades, JAWS broke The Godfather‘s North American box office record of $86 million on its way to becoming the first movie to reach $100 million and eventually the highest-grossing movie of all time before Star Wars broke that record a couple of years later. In the past 13 years 30 movies have made $100 million or more in their opening weekend alone, with Marvel’s The Avengers leading the pack with a whopping $207 million domestic opening weekend—almost half of JAWS‘ total worldwide box office. The current highest-grossing movie of all time is James Cameron’s Avatar with $760.5 million domestically (only $77 million its opening weekend) and $2 billion foreign for a grand total of $2.7 billion worldwide.