Give us a break, Steven: the biggest grossing film last weekend was, ho hum, Steven Spielberg's "E.T." The second-biggest grossing film last weekend was the re-release of the year-old movie that was last summer's big moneymaker, Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Spielberg's "Poltergeist" was, by the way, only in seventh place, so the director has generously given four of the top seven slots to other people.
While "E.T." prompted a lot of attention when it set a new record by grossing more than $100 million in just 30 days, lots of people missed noticing that another film just passed the mark--a film released without any of the high hopes or built-in mass audience that "E.T." enjoyed. "Porky's," the low-budget, raunchy tale of high school high jinks in the South, became the 27th film in movie history to top the $100 million mark, and it's perhaps the unlikeliest success story of the batch, released as it was with no fanfare and extremely mixed reviews. "Porky's" shares its place on the $100 million plateau with, mostly, the big movies of the past 10 years; of the 27 films, only two predate 1970: "Gone With the Wind" (still the biggest moneymaker of all at pre-inflation dollars) and "The Sound of Music." The rest of the list comes exclusively from the past decade or so, from early 1970s blockbusters--"The Godfather," "The Sting," "The Exorcist"--through "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Animal House" and "Saturday Night Fever" to "9 to 5," "On Golden Pond," "Superman" and just about everything George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have ever made.