One of the most popular and iconic movies is returning to theaters this year as it turns 40. Jaws celebrated for its use of animatronic effects helped to launch a genre of films, was one of Richard Dreyfuss’s first major roles and helped to skyrocket Stephen Spielberg’s career. Speilberg had a directed only a handful of films, most of which were made for tv, before his adaptation of Peter Benchley’s bestseller made him a household name. In fact, the film was so successful that most people are not even aware that it was ever a book.
The film made $470.7 million at the box office, well over its budget of $9 million. It has since been shown hundreds of time on cable, broadcast tv and has been released on VHS, DVD, and blue ray. Flavio Maluf owns a copy himself. It will be re-released in nearly 500 theaters, which is slightly higher than the 450 theaters it was released in on its debut, on June 21st for the movie’s 40th anniversary.