In July 1985, we were introduced to Thunderdome.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, the third film in the series, finds Max Rockatansky exiled into the desert by the corrupt ruler of Bartertown, Aunty Entity.
The film was a success, earning over $36 million in the US, along with an additional $4.2 in Australia where the movie was filmed.
With a cast that included Kate Capshaw, Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston, Joaquin Phoenix (his feature film debut), Tate Donovan, and Tom Skerritt what could possibly go wrong?
Unfortunately for SpaceCamp, what was supposed to be a somewhat light hearted action/adventure movie turned into a marketing nightmare. The movie was scheduled to be released in early 1986, but on January 28 the real-life shuttle Challenger exploded 74 seconds after liftoff, claiming the lives of seven American astronauts.
After the Challenger disaster, SpaceCamp was pushed back months. When it was finally sent to theaters, it grossed less than $10 million in the U.S. Eerily enough, the malfunction simulated in the film involved the solid rocket booster and was similar to the actual cause of the Challenger accident.
“Rock Me Amadeus” stayed at the top of the charts for three weeks and allowed his album, Falco 3, to reach number three on the Billboard album charts.
Falco died of severe injuries received on February 6, 1998, 13 days before his 41st birthday, when his car collided with a bus in the Dominican Republic. It was determined that Falco was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine at the time of his death.
On March 28, 1986 (or March 27, according to the trailer), April Fools Day was released in theaters. Although the title gave the ending of the movie away, it went on to gross almost $13 million at the box office with a $5 million budget.
Although April Fool’s Day holds a Rotten Tomatoes score of 33%, it will always have a special place in my Kid of the 80′s heart.