Movie Milestones


First movie to take in $100 million at the box office during its first weekend in theaters
“Spider-Man,” 2002

First movie to receive an X rating
“Greetings,” 1968

First non-erotic movie to feature full-frontal male nudity
“Dante’s Inferno,” 1911

First major motion picture to use CGI
“Westworld,” 1973

Highest-grossing movie that never hit No. 1 at the box office
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” 2002 ($241.4 million)

First movie to show a toilet flushing
“Psycho,” 1960

First movie to gross $1 billion worldwide
“Titanic,” 1997

Highest-grossing movie on Christmas Day
“Sherlock Holmes” 2009 ($24.6 million)

First color movie released in 3-D
“House of Wax,” 1953

First movie to have a score written specifically for it
“The Assassination of the Duke of Guise,” 1908 (composed by Camille Saint-Saëns)

First Hollywood movie to be released on DVD
“Twister,” 1996

First actress to be paid $1 million for a role
Elizabeth Taylor, 1963 (for “Cleopatra”)

First film broadcast on a major television network in its original, uncut format
“The Wizard of Oz,” 1956 (on CBS)

Judy Garland’s iconic rendition of “Over the Rainbow” was almost cut from the film entirely. The song was almost taken out of the film on multiple occasions.

Professor Marvel’s jacket was bought from a thrift store. In the most insane coincidence ever, the jacket used to belong to L. Frank Baum, the author of the original novel.

The truthfulness of this is a bit up in the air, but it has been somewhat confirmed by Harold Rosson, the previously mentioned cinematographer and a publicist for the film at the time.

First vampire movie
“Nosferatu,” 1922

First film to use synchronized dialogue
“The Jazz Singer,” 1927



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