Did You Know? This Julie Andrews Film is the 6th Highest-Grossing Movie Ever
THE SOUND OF MUSIC, which premiered 55 years ago this month, remains the 6th highest-grossing movie ever with adjustment for inflation. Released in 1965, the film remained in theaters for over a year and surpassed GONE WITH THE WIND as the highest grossing film at the time.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC was adapted from the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical of the same name, which debuted on Broadway in 1959 to vast commercial success. When 20th Century-Fox purchased screen rights to the musical for $1.25 million, it was the largest amount of money ever paid by a studio for a literary property.
Julie Andrews was relatively unknown at that time, and her theatrical film debut, MARY POPPINS, for which she won an Academy Award, was not yet released, so the studio considered casting Andrews a risk. When the film was first shown at a test screening in Minneapolis, MN, the audience gave a standing ovation.
Learn more about THE SOUND OF MUSIC in the AFI CATALOG.
Photo: AFI interview with Julie Andrews for the AFI Life Achievement Award