Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' Takes Over $145,000 in Preview Bookings on Return to U.K.
LONDON -- Stanley Kubrick's The Shining scared up £90,000 ($145,000) from U.K. previews on 120 screens nationwide on Halloween as the British Film Institute geared up to rollout the U.S. version of the classic on extended runs in 30-plus screens.
The U.S. version is 144 minutes long, some 24 minutes longer than the European version previously released here in 1980.
Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, Kubrick’s tale of a family man and would-be writer (Nicholson) going mad as winter caretaker of the cursed Overlook Hotel is considered a seminal work of the genre.
Kubrick’s film has been described as a masterpiece of modern horror and is widely considered to be one of the most terrifying movies ever made.
However, at the time of release both Kubrick and lead actress Shelley Duvall were nominated for Razzie Awards for the film.
The Shining is released after a digital transfer courtesy of Warner Bros.
The BFI has also programmed two events later this month to tie in with the release of the US version onto British screens.
First up is a panel discussion entitled "The Shining: Horror's Greatest Achievement?" with contributions from upcoming Brit director Ben Wheatley (Kill List), critics Michael Ciment and Kim Newman, as well as Kubrick’s long-standing collaborator Jan Harlan.
Producer Tanya Seghatchian chairs the chat Nov. 7.
A week later Harlan will introduce his feature documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures at an event at the BFI Southbank's National Film Theater.