Posted on Saturday, October 24th, 2015 by Ethan Anderton
Yes, we’re aware that we’ve been going pretty crazy with all the Back to the Future coverage here at /Film, but that’s because we’re all such genuine fans of the entire film franchise from director Robert Zemeckis and writer Bob Gale. That made Back to the Future Day last week a lot of fun to experience, but there was so much going on that it was difficult to keep up with all the festivities, promotions and celebrations.
That’s why we rounded up another slew of stories to check out on Back to the Future Day this past Wednesday, and that’s why we’re delivering this final Back to the Future Bits round-up full of facts, news, goods and celebrations you might have missed in all the commotion that happened on October 21st, 2015.
The final installment of Back to the Future Bits includes these stories:
- Huge sales for USA Today‘s Back to the Future Part II issue
- Back to the Future was the highest grossing film in theaters on October 21st
- An awesome Halloween costume with a hovering Marty McFly
- Brick Forge has custom LEGO Back to the Future accessories that need to be Kickstarted
- Some folks at Stanford created a self-driving, electric DeLorean
- Tom Wilson talks about real bullies inspiring Biff Tannen
- Check out some Back to the Future cafes open in Japan
- A lost 1989 commercial for Mattel’s hoverboard
- CommitStrip explains why Doc and Marty didn’t arrive in 2015
- Experience Back to the Future Day on the Universal Pictures lot
- How the DeLorean was saved by the legacy of Back to the Future
- 11 secrets about the making of Back to the Future
- How many people celebrated Back to the Future Day on Facebook?
- Bob Gale reminisces about the making of Back to the Future
- A remake of Back to the Future still isn’t in the cards
- How Reagan-era economics impacted characters of Back to the Future
Header image: Scott C. delivered another Great Showdown inspired by Back to the Future Part II.
USA Today‘s special issue released on October 22nd to commemorate Back to the Future Part II resulted in some big sales for the newspaper. THR reports the issue that featured the movie-themed wrap around made to look like the issue from the future in the sci-fi sequel sold at least 17,000 issues online and sold out at tons of locations around the country. The exact number sold won’t be known until next week, but it’s safe to say it’ll be significantly more than the normal sales for USA Today.
In addition to selling newspapers, Back to the Future also sold a lot of movie tickets on Wednesday. Back to the Future made $1.65 million at the domestic box office on October 21st, 2015, which is enough to make it the highest grossing film of the day above The Martian. Worldwide, Back to the Future pulled in $3.2 million, and in Germany, all three films took the top three spots in the box office, accounting for 38% of the market share that day. Find out more about the box office numbers around the world in THR‘s full report right here.
This guy wins Halloween with his hovering Marty McFly costume (via Imgur).
A custom LEGO company called Brick Forge has put together a Kickstarter to manufacture a bunch of minfigure accessories to add to your Back to the Future LEGO set featuring Doc, Marty and the DeLorean time machine. Accessories include pieces from 1955, 1985 and 2015, ranging from the wooden scooter Marty turns into a skateboard to Marty’s video camera to a Pepsi Perfect. The project needs to hit $20,000 to move forward and currently sits at nearly $6,500. So if you want some of the cool LEGO accessories above, go donate to the Kickstarter right here.
Doc Brown’s DeLorean time machine could be driven with a remote control, but some smart folks at Stanford have taken things one step further by creating an electric, self-driving DeLorean:
And the vehicle has appropriate been named MARTY, or Multiple Actuator Research Test bed for Yaw control. Yeah, that’s a stretch, but it’s a DeLorean that can drive itself. [TechCrunch]