AMC Theaters CEO Adam Aron said in a tweet Thursday, August 18 (via Diversity) that the theater chain will play Grease starting Friday, August 19, in 135 theaters across the country, with a portion of the proceeds going to fund the fight against breast cancer. “In honor of the late Olivia Newton-John, many US theaters will be showing her classic 1978 hit Grease back on the big screen this weekend,” Aron wrote in his tweet. “Inexpensive $5 admission, and through our charity AMC Cares, we will donate $1 from every ticket sold to breast cancer research.”
According to Checkout MojoGrease made over $190 million domestically during its first theatrical run and through subsequent re-releases over the decades. Combined with $206 million in overseas markets over the years, the film’s worldwide value is currently $396.2 million. After adjusting its box office performance for inflation, Box Office Mojo ranked “Grease” 28th in the rankings. list of highest grossing films of all time.
Born in England and moved to Australia with her family as a child, Olivia Newton-John has become a symbol of Down Under’s pride due to her career accomplishments and commitment to breast cancer treatment and research. Term reported that Newton-John would receive a state funeral in Australia, an honor usually reserved for dignitaries in the country. The trade publication reported that Newton-John would also be memorialized in a private ceremony in Southern California, where she passed away.