Fans around the world are still mourning the tragic loss of Prince, who died suddenly yesterday at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota at the age of 57. Earlier today, AMC Theatres announced that they will be screening Prince's classic 1984 film Purple Rain on the big screen, starting tomorrow. Take a look at the theater chain's statement from a press release issued earlier today.
"Immediately after learning of Prince's tragic death on Thursday, AMC Theatres worked with the Warner Bros. distribution team to bring Purple Rain to the big screen. AMC will pay tribute to the music legend by playing the iconic movie at 87 of AMC's locations by this Saturday, April 23 through Thursday, April 28. For more information, please visit AMCTheatres.com/Purple-Rain."
A victim of his own anger, the Kid (Prince) is a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid making the same mistakes as his truculent father (Clarence Williams III), the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with a captivating singer, Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero). But another musician, Morris (Morris Day), looks to steal the Kid's spotlight, and his girl.
Purple Rain took in $68.1 million during its theatrical run in 1984, which, when adjusted for inflation, is the equivalent of a $174.6 million gross today. The film opened at #1 in late July 1984, taking in $7.7 million in its debut weekend, playing in just 917 theaters, a far cry from the 3,000-theater openings most major studio movies open in today. Prince won a Best Original Score Oscar for composing the music to Purple Rain, and he went on to star in and direct the 1990 sequel, Graffiti Bridge.
Since it's only playing in 87 theaters in 27 states this weekend, without any Friday showings, it seems unlikely that Purple Rain will be able to crack the top 10 at the box office, but we'll be sure to keep you posted regarding its box office take throughout this limited run. Fans can get a full list of theaters that will be playing Purple Rain in the link posed in AMC Theatres' tweet below, where you can also purchase tickets for this theatrical event. We'll also continue to keep you posted with any further details regarding Prince's untimely death throughout the weekend.