‘Blade Runner’ Anniversary: The Weekend When ‘E.T.’ and ‘Star Trek II’ Crushed Ridley Scott

In the early 1980s, Cinefantastique was an extraordinarily detailed and authoritative sci-fi film magazine.

Founded as a mimeographed fanzine a year before the 1968 release of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” it became a serious, almost scholarly glossy.

And in 1982, Cinefantastique opened the year with a double issue that featured “Blade Runner,” Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Philip K.

Dick’s novel, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”Looking back, Cinefantastique was right to recognize “Blade Runner;” its impact is still felt nearly 40 years later.

However, in 1982 the $65 million production grossed just $41 million worldwide as one sci-fi title among many.

June 11 saw the release of Steven Spielberg’s instant classic “E.T.

the Extra-Terrestrial;” June 4 was “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” Those far less complex, more audience-friendly titles had already grossed over $125 million (this and all grosses here adjusted to 2020 values).June 25 also saw the debut of “The Thing,” John Carpenter’s remake of the 1951 classic,

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