28 years ago today: Tom Hanks’ ‘Big’ opened in theaters

06.03.16 12 months ago

28 years ago today, Tom Hanks and Penny Marshall delivered us the sweet and charming story of a 12-year-old who wished to be big. It was on June 3, 1988 that Big opened in theaters.

It was the film that solidified Hanks as a major Hollywood talent and earned him his first Oscar nomination.

Big is also significant for being one of the earlier success stories for a female director. It was the first feature film directed by a woman to gross over $100 million at the box office.

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Other notable June 3 happenings in pop culture history: 

• 1955: Marilyn Monroe film The Seven Year Itch opened in theaters.

• 1969: Star Trek, the original series, concluded on NBC.

• 1983: WarGames opened in U.S. theaters, after premiering out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

• 1987: The Untouchables opened in theaters.

• 1992: During his presidential campaign, Bill Clinton played “Heartbreak Hotel” on the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show.

• 2000: Oops!… I Did It Again hit the top of the Billboard 200. The Britney Spears album knocked NSYNC”s No Strings Attached off the top of the chart.

• 2001: Six Feet Under premiered on HBO. It aired for five seasons, earning nine Emmy Awards.

• 2005: Catherine Hardwicke movie Lords of Dogtown opened in theaters.

• 2011: The ride The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure opened in Disney”s California Adventure.

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