My record is 7. The movie was Titanic. I was 13 going on 14. And although I’ve yet to see Titanic 3D (I promise I will, I’ve been sick, started a new job, and it was Easter), when I do, I won’t add it to my count. Why? Because that dilutes the purity of the number.
There are plenty of movies that, by nature of them always being in theaters, are almost ineligible for this list. As my colleague Laura Hertzfeld points out, Rocky Horror likely can’t cut it and neither would Star Wars for most. (With the caveat being if you were not alive when George Lucas first released his famous trilogy, then you can include any one theatrical run.)
With Hunger Games now in its third weekend, I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who’ve seen Katniss defy the Capitol more than once. After all, it is the type of movie that lends itself to repeat viewings — with the obsessive teenage fanbase leading the way. (I myself plan to see it again soon.)
I doubt any movie will ever compete for my time like Titanic did — all 21-plus hours of it. Especially since, as a 13-year-old, I had more time AND my parents’ wallet to make it happen. Aladdin comes closest with four, but I bet my personal record is ultimately safe.
Taking into consideration my arbitrary rules, PopWatchers, what movie have you seen the most in theaters during its original theatrical run?