Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd in ‘Back to the Future’ (Everett)
By Pamela McClintock, Hilary Lewis
Back to the Future Day took in an estimated $4.8 million at the global box office, with marathon screenings of the Universal trilogy held around the world on the date — Oct. 21, 2015 — that Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd’s Doc Brown traveled to the future in Back to the Future Part II.
The movie made $1.65 million at the domestic box office on Wednesday, where all three movies were screened at 1,815 theaters across North America.
That impressive total appears to be enough to put the trilogy atop the Wednesday box office in North America, beating The Martian.
Overseas, theatrical screenings pulled in an estimated $3.2 million for a worldwide total of $4.8 million.
In terms of specific countries, in Germany, the films grossed $1.4 million, with the three titles placing at No. 1, 2 and 3 for the day and accounting for 38 percent of the market share. The movies also took the top three spots at the Austrian box office, with $140,000 and 50 percent of the market share. In Italy, the trilogy landed at No. 1 for the day, with $585,000 and 37 percent of the market share. In the U.K. and Ireland, the trilogy placed fourth for the day, with $345,000. In France, the films landed at No. 8 with $300,000. In Australia, the trilogy landed at No. 5 for the day, with $54,000. The rest of the overseas territories combined took in $450,000.
Released in 1989, the sequel predicted several things that have actually become reality, including Disney buying the Star Wars franchise, wireless video games, 3D movies and tablet computers.
Robert Zemeckis directed the Back to the Future movies, which grossed $965.5 million at the worldwide box office. In North America, it is the 14th top-grossing trilogy of all time when adjusted for inflation.
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