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10 Movies That Had the Extreme Misfortune To Open The Same Weekend As A Mega-Blockbuster

By Josh Kurp | Lists | July 20, 2012 |

By Josh Kurp | Lists | July 20, 2012 |

Hey guys, movie people did something smart: no other wide-release film was scheduled against The Dark Knight Rises this weekend! (Sorry, The Queen of Versailles and The Well Digger’s Daughter.) Because really, what’s the point? All anyone’s talking about is THE BATMAN, and even a kid-friendly flick would have a comically low box-office total when compared Rises. The Powers That Be, non-Wolfram & Hart division, hasn’t always been so wise, though. Here are 10 blockbusters, all of which finished as the top or second highest grossing film of their respective year, and the tiny, teeny (relatively speaking) wide-release movies that “competed” against them.

May 21-23, 1980

The Empire Strikes Back

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The Gong Show Movie

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July 3, 1985

Back to the Future



Red Sonja

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July 11-13, 1990




The Adventures of Ford Fairlane


July 3, 1991

Terminator 2: Judgment Day



Problem Child 2

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May 19, 1995

Die Hard with a Vengeance

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Forget Paris

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May 24-26, 1989

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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Pink Cadillac

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May 19, 1999

Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace

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The Love Letter

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November 16, 2001

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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The Wash

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December 17-19, 2003

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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Mona Lisa Smile

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July 18, 2008

The Dark Knight

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Space Chimps

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