John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ Reportedly Made Half a Million Dollars in Theaters This Past Sunday

by Susan Ryant

Fathom Events brought John Carpenter‘s The Thing back to theaters this past Sunday night, and though the first night of the two-night event was something of a disaster – for starters, the film was presented on the big screen in the incorrect aspect ratio – Fathom Events is making things right for the second wave of showings, taking place tonight, June 22nd.

But first let’s back up a bit. Even if the presentation wasn’t great, how did The Thing perform in theaters this past Sunday night? Well, the 1982 horror classic ended up cracking into the box office charts for the entire weekend in the #9 spot, Indiewire reports, scaring up right around $500,000. That’s from the film playing in just 730 locations across the United States on a single night, with only one showing at each of those theaters. That’s pretty damn impressive!

While it may be considered a beloved horror classic today, Carpenter’s The Thing wasn’t quite a hit back in 1982. Negative reviews at the time led to The Thing making $19.6 million during its original theatrical run in North America, with the production budget reported to be $15 million. It was considered a flop back then, subsequently hurting Carpenter’s career.

Here we are 40 years later, and The Thing is still putting asses in the seats. Time has been kind to the film, rightfully considered one of the very best horror movies of the 1980s.

If you missed it this past Sunday night, you can see Carpenter’s The Thing back on the big screen nationwide tonight, June 22nd. Get your tickets now through Fathom Events.

Featuring jaw-dropping practical effects from Rob Bottin, The Thing starred Kurt Russell, Keith David, and Wilford Brimley, unleashing a monstrous nightmare at Outpost 31.

In the film based on John W. Campbell Jr’s short story, a research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

“Set in the winter of 1982 at a research station in Antarctica, a twelve-man research team finds an alien being that has fallen from the sky and has remained buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Soon it is unfrozen and unleashed, creating havoc and terror as it changes forms and becomes one of them.”

This special event will also feature the Terror Takes Shape documentary!

Writer in the horror community since 2008. Editor in Chief of Bloody Disgusting. Owns Eli Roth's prop corpse from Piranha 3D. Has four awesome cats. Still plays with toys.