While the 1980 Saturday Night Live spinoff The Blues Brothers was a moderate success at the box office and a hit with critics, Lorne Michaels and Co. avoided trekking into theatres for 12 years before Wayne’s World hit the big screen in 1992.
This week in history, Wayne’s World claimed the top spot at the box office in the United States for the fifth straight week. It was the only film to hold the No. 1 spot for five straight weeks in a year that included blockbuster releases such as The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Basic Instinct, Lethal Weapon 3, Batman Returns, and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
Wayne’s World, starring Toronto native Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, went on to earn nearly $122 million in the United States and over $183 million worldwide. It also set off a run of SNL sketches getting turned into feature films with Coneheads, It’s Pat, A Night at the Roxbury, and others, not to mention sequels for both The Blues Brothers and Wayne’s World all hitting theatres in the 1990s. Wayne’s World remains the highest-grossing SNL spinoff film of all-time.
Party on, Wayne. Party on, Garth. We’re not worthy.