When young Willow Ufgood finds an abandoned baby girl, he learns she is destined to end the reign of the wicked Queen Bavmorda. In order to protect the child, Willow must team up with a rogue swordsman and overcome the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil!
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||May 20th, 1988 (Wide) by Sony Pictures|
||July 6th, 1994 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment|
||vs. Gung Ho|
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||Intertitle, Prologue, Royalty, Good vs. Evil, Fairies, Dragon, Sword & Sorcerer, Exile, Prophecy, Talking Animals, Romance, Dysfunctional Family, Romeo and Juliet Romance, Cross-Dressing, Visual Effects|
|Production Method:||Live Action|
||Lucasfilm, Imagine Entertainment|
Ranking on other Records and Milestones
|Biggest Domestic 7th Weekend
||Jul 1, 1988
|Biggest Domestic 6th Weekend
||Jun 24, 1988
|Biggest Domestic 5th Weekend
||Jun 17, 1988
|Biggest Domestic 4th Weekend
||Jun 10, 1988
|Biggest Domestic 3rd Weekend
||Jun 3, 1988
|Biggest Domestic 2nd Weekend
||May 27, 1988
|Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend
||May 20, 1988
|Widest Opening Weekend
||May 20, 1988
April 29th, 2013
New releases did better on Blu-ray than they did on DVD with eight films charting on the March 17th, 2013 edition of the Blu-ray sales chart. They were led by Rise of the Guardians, which sold 584,000 units / $11.77 million. Its opening week Blu-ray share was 42%, which is strong, for a kids movie.
April 1st, 2013
It's a bad week on the home market. The biggest release of the week is a mini-series, The Bible, but it is earning just about as much criticism as praise. (And not just for the Obama / Satan fiasco.) After that release, the quality quickly drops, so much so that there's a 1950s TV on DVD release on the front page of the new releases. As far as Pick of the Week contenders are concerned, there are not many. The Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One - Avengers Assembled is awesome, but it has a high price and if you are a fan, then you likely have all or nearly all of the movies it contains. The only other major contender is John Dies at the End. It's too bizarre for most moviegoers, but if you are into these types of films, then the DVD or the Blu-ray are worth it.
March 30th, 2013
Willow came out 25 years ago. It was a fantasy epic that cost $50 million to make and was written by George Lucas, who was coming off of Star Wars and Indiana Jones. It was directed by Ron Howard, who hadn't yet had any monster hits, but both Splash and Cocoon were very profitable and well received. This film had high expectations. It didn't live up to them. Its reviews were merely mixed and it came nowhere near becoming the $100 million hit like a lot of people thought it would. Now that 25 years have passed and the expectations are not there, does it work? Or would it have failed to find an audience even with lowered expectations?
March 13th, 2013
There are not many first run releases coming out on the home market this week, but two of them, Life of Pi and Rise of the Guardians, rose to Pick of the Week status. For that honor, we have to turn to an older release, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, which celebrated its 25th Anniversary by coming out on Blu-ray for the first time. Yes, it is shovelware, but it is still the best movie on this week's list. If you don't have the DVD already and really don't like Pan & Scan, you might want to wait till Disney fixes the mix-up with the DVD portion of the Combo Pack.