June 26, 1993

My All-Time Box Office Hits

Here's my all-time list of the movies I have seen the most often in a movie theater. Some of these films that are part of a franchise I've only seen once, some many times, so it's hardly scientific. Also, I don't have any hard data on movies seen prior to 1987. For example, I have a memory of saying I had seen Star Wars "six times", but I don't remember knowing that, I just remember saying it. Plus, I don't know if I was referring to Episode 4 or the original trilogy. In addition, sketchy documentation of films I've seen at the Brattle makes this list a little inaccurate.
  1. The Star Wars Films, Episodes 1-6 Twenty-one Times
    I have seen Episode 1 three times, Episode 2 twice, and Episode 3 twice. I have seen Episodes 4, 5, and 6 on two occasions each that I can document. I saw Episodes 4, 5, and 6 once each in 1977, 1980, and 1983. I think it's a safe guess that I saw Episodes 4, 5, and 6 five additional times, either in their original releases or in re-releases, between 1977 but before their release on VHS in the 1980s.
  2. Star Trek: I've seen at least 10 of the 11 Star Trek movies in the theater.
  3. The Indiana Jones Series Nine Times
    I have seen each of the films at least once each in 1981, 1984, 1989, and 2008. I saw the original trilogy again in 1994, at a special screening of all three at the Wang Center. I also saw Raiders Of The Lost Ark in 2003 and 2004. I think I must have seen the original trilogy in the theater more than once in the 1980s, but I have no proof or memory of it.
  4. James Bond: I would guess I've seen eight or nine Bond movies in the theater, but I don't recall seeing any more than once.
  5. Pulp Fiction Six Times
    • October 13, 1994 Free Sneak Preview Screening
    • November 20, 1994
    • January 13, 1995 Cabot St Theater, Beverly
    • January 31, 1995
    • February 18, 1995 Fresh Pond, Cambridge
    • March 1, 1995 Brattle Theater
  6. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy Six Times
    I have seen each film in the trilogy twice in the theater.
  7. Casablanca Six Times I have seen Casablanca on St. Valentine's Day with Emily in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006. I also saw it at the Hatch Shell in either 1992 or 1993. I have seen it at least once more beyond that.
  8. Citizen Kane Four Times I have seen Citizen Kane an estimated four times in the theater, most recently on July 10, 2004.
  9. Hot Fuzz Three times in the spring of 2007
  10. Die Hard With A Vengance Three Times
    In the summer of 1995 (the year I went to the movies 73 times), three of those 73 were Die Hard with a Vengance.
  11. Batman Returns Three times in 1992.
  12. Terminator 2: Judgement Day Three times in 1991.
  13. Die Hard Three times in 1988.