Breakfast Club: 25th Anniversary
A quarter of a century ago on this day, February 15, John Hughes' The Breakfast Club was released in theaters. It tells the story of five teenagers from different high school cliques that connect during Saturday detention.
The film wasn't as revolutionary as some may remember. Fast Times at Ridgemont High had been released three years earlier and Hughes' Sixteen Candles the year before. Its impact, however, makes it feel like if it was the one to start it all. Hughes' didn't create silly characters or ones that were trying to be cool. They were as realistic as a movie would allow. And that's why audiences connected to them and the film.
Upon its release it was a moderate success. It opened at #3 with $5.1 million and remained in the top ten for six weeks. Its total domestic gross was $45.8 million. That's decent cash for a low-budget movie in 1985. Since then, thanks to TV and home video, it has become a classic and influential film. It's usually ranked as one of the best in the teen genre by critics and movie fans.