Gene Wilder Classics ‘Blazing Saddles’ & ‘Willy Wonka’ Return To Theaters


Following the death of legendary comic actor Gene Wilder, exhibitors — spurred by fan demand — phoned up Warner Bros and requested prints of the 1974 raunchy comedy Blazing Saddles and the beloved 1971 family film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Willy Wonka will be at 200 locations, with Blazing Saddles galloping into another 60 across several chains this weekend.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - 1971

Of that count, AMC will be playing both titles at 55 of its U.S. venues on Saturday and Sunday with Willy Wonka starting at 5 PM and Blazing Saddles at 7:30 PM. Tickets for both films at AMC venues are priced at $5 each. Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles was a massive hit in its day, making an estimated $120M at the domestic B.O. during its lifetime run. The Western spoof arguably is Wilder’s highest-grossing title, followed by the Sideny Poitier-directed Stir Crazy ($101.3M, 1980) and Brooks’ Young Frankenstein ($86.3M, 1974).

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