Not THE King Kong, but the 1976 King Kong that starred Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin and Jessica Lange – yes, Lange from “American Horror Story” – opened in theaters across America.
Budgeted at $24 million, the John Guillermin-directed “remake” made $52 million at the box office. It opened to $7,023,921 on December 17 weekend in 1976. It was the 7th highest grossing film of 1977. The great Dino De Laurentiis produced this gem.
“The Big Apple is again besieged by the monstrous King Kong. Bridges and Lange star in this ambitious remake of the 1933 original, which adds a great deal of camp and good fun to the story. Again, the gargantuan ape battles attacking aircraft high above the streets of New York, this time plunging from the top of the World Trade Center to his death amidst thousands of horrified onlookers.”
King Kong won an Oscar for special effects.