‘The Empire Strikes Back’ leads the box office 40 years after initial release

Lara Spencer reports the buzziest stories of the day in "GMA" Pop News.
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say, Lara Spencer with "Pop news." Good morning, Lara. Hi, you guys. Good morning to you all. Happy Monday. We're going to begin with some news from our "Star wars" family. We always knew the force was strong with "The empire strikes back" but this is pretty incredible. It's once again number one at the box office for the third time. 40 years ago it was number one for eight weeks after it opened in may 1980. Then it struck again hitting number one when a special edition of the film hit theseers in 1997 and here we go again, "The empire stkes back," again number one at the box office this past weekend after playing at close to 500 theaters in the U.S., most drive-ins. Fans believe "The empire strikes back" is the best of the "Star wars" movies. It was even selected for preservation by the library of congress in 2010. We should point out with very few movies being released right threw there's been a huge resurgence of the classics, "Jaws," "Jurassic park," "Ghostbusters" have all soared since the pandemic began. Congratulations to the empire. And now game on. If you are one of the many people staying at home these days it might be worth your while to look around your house in the basement, attic, garage for vintage items that have seen their value skyrocket like this. Roll 'em. It's a super marrow brothers video game, 1985. Guys, it just sold at an online auction for $114,000. Now, the game was still unopened. Never used. Still, that say lot of money for a video game that retailed for 25 bucks just 35 years ago. The record-setting transaction part of a collection of video games from the '80s and '90s including Mike Tyson's punchout game, please note if you have this game, it went for $50,000. The entire collection of games sold over the weekend for $700,000. Making me think that my son's room could be a veritable treasure chest with all of his gaming gear. Can you see what sold and the prices on the heritage auction website. Check that out and get hunting, everybody. And finally wanted to share this story with you. The lengths we go to for love. Meet Mary Daniels and her husband Steve happily married for 24 years. Mary visits Steve every day at the Jacksonville, Florida, memory care center where he gets help with early on set Alzheimer's and there doing his unusual good night watching TV on March 11th. The next day they went into facility to protect patients. Suddenly Mary no longer able to do her daily visits. The lockdown continued, guys, 114 days later, Mary heartbroken her husband may not remember her when she finally was allowed back in but a way back. Steve's facility was looking for a dishwasher and despite already having a full time job Mary jumped at the opportunity to get back inside with the love of her here's the reunion shot. Mary giving Steve a long awaited hug. That was just a few days ago. Her fear of his forgetting her washed away. When I saw him for the very first time, he said Mary and he started crying. I mean, it was just amazing, you know, I mean then I started crying. I mean, it was -- I'm not too late. I'm back with him and I'm not too late. Not too late at all. Mary works at the facility twice a week. She makes $9 an hour washing the dishes but she gets that priceless time with her love. Mary says she's going to use her paycheck to buy gift cards for the staff at the center to thank them for the effort they put in during the pandemic. She says the real paycheck, of course, is being reunited with her very best friend. On that note, guy, I will send it back to the studio. So beautiful. Thanks for that, Lara. All right. Good to see you and riva

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