Cinema: The Force Is with It

Everybody in Hollywood expected George Lucas' Return of the Jedi to do very well. Still, no one was prepared for the human tidal wave that has inundated the theaters since the film opened May 25. The first day set a box-office record of $6,219,629, and that was a Wednesday, usually a slow day in the movie business. Friday beat that record, with $6,437,005, and Sunday jumped to $8,440,105. When the week was over, Return of the Jedi had made $45,311,004, nearly double the amount of the previous highest scorer, E.T., which took in $25,030,276 during seven days last summer. If that...

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