Time Capsule / Oct. 31, 1993
Tim Burton’s chilling The Nightmare Before Christmas (right) opens big, spiriting $50 million out of moviegoers’ pockets. But 1996’s James and the Giant Peach (produced but not directed by Burton) will quickly ripen and rot, taking in only $29 million in the U.S.
60 Minutes is still the show to watch — it will finish the season at No. 1. By 1997, its 30th season, the news program will have won a record 63 Emmys.
Meat Loaf is hot AGAIN — after reuniting with songwriter Jim Steinman (Bat Out of Hell), the hefty belter comes back with his operatic single ”I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).”
Bard of the heartland Robert James Waller has the top two novels: The Bridges of Madison County (its 34th week at No. 1) and Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend. In late ’93, Waller will further capitalize on his fame by recording an album, The Ballads of Madison County.