The science fiction film that ate ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘The Thing’. It’s a classic, but Ridley Scott and John Carpenter’s movies are better

The science fiction film that ate ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘The Thing’. It’s a classic, but Ridley Scott and John Carpenter’s movies are better
The science fiction film that ate ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘The Thing’. It’s a classic, but Ridley Scott and John Carpenter’s movies are better

They were released at the same time and were made ridiculous by the push of this work by Steven Spielberg

He science fiction cinema It is very loved by many, but there are highly valued titles that at the time of their release performed very poorly at the box office. That is exactly what happened in the case of ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘The Thing’, giving the peculiarity that the films of Ridley Scott and John Carpenter They were released in theaters the same day.

Crushed

It was andOn June 25, 1982, when both films hit theaters in the United States with the hope of success at the box office. However, the two had to kneel before another classic of the genre that had been released a couple of years earlier and whose popularity was such that it became the highest-grossing film in history. Your title? ‘ET the alien’.

‘Blade Runner’ had to settle for debuting in second position with revenues of 6.15 million dollars, while ‘The Thing’ barely reached ninth place with 3.1 million. Furthermore, both titles lost steam very quickly, so both were branded commercial failures.

The most curious thing of all is that ‘ET the Extraterrestrial’ was also the cheapest of the three with a budget of 10.5 million dollars. For his part, Carpenter had 15 million, while Scott doubled that figure and went up to 30 million – understandable if we take into account that he had just signed ‘Alien, the eighth passenger’ -. That made the difference in box office between the two even more painful.

For my part, I think that both ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘The Thing’ are better films than ‘ET, the Extraterrestrial’, since it is true that Spielberg’s film is very mythical and has millions of fans, but the thing is that the Two others are, in my opinion, much more fundamental pieces of the genre, It’s a shame they crashed at the box office.

In fact, the failure of ‘The Thing’ put Carpenter in a complicated situation, since he was left unable to direct ‘Eyes of Fire’ and also Universal chose to put an end to the contractual relationship that united it with the filmmaker. Of course, it wasn’t that difficult for her to find work either, since in 1983 she released ‘Christine’ and ‘Starman’ would arrive just a year later.

For his part, the failure in ‘Blade Runner’ did not affect Scott’s career too much, and he continued working normally, although he then had to wait until the release of ‘Black Rain’ in 1989 to find his next success.

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