Production Notes

notc_35mmRuntime: 94 min 51 sec – the running time of this film was calculated from the measured length of 8538+5 (feet + frames) [5 reels].
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Sound Mix: Stereo
Format: 35mm
Budget: Director Thom Eberhardt quotes approx $700,000; the IMDB quotes $3,000,000 (estimated) – by comparrison, The Terminator (also released in 1984) had a budget of $6,400,000.
Distributor: Atlantic Releasing Corp
US Theatrical Release: 16 November, 1984
UK Theatrical Release: 8 May, 1985


Alternative Titles

  • Der Komet – Der Tod kommt aus dem All (The Comet – Death from the Universe) – West Germany
  • Der Komet – Germany
  • La Notte Della Cometa – Italy
  • La Nuit De La Comète – France
  • La Noche Del Cometa – Spain
  • Noc Komety – Poland
  • ноча кометы – Russia
  • A Noite do Cometa – Portugal
  • Tuhon yö (The Exterminating Night) – Finland
  • ナイト・オブ・ザ・コメット – Japan
  • 慧星之夜 – China
  • Noaptea Cometei – Romania
  • Noc Kometa – Yugoslavia
  • Zkázonosná Kometa (Doomsday Comet) – Czech Republic
  • Hotet Från Rymden (The Threat From Space) – Sweeden

Taglines

  • The last time this comet came the dinosaurs disappeared. [VHS]
  • It was the last thing on earth they ever expected. [Soundtrack, Posters & VHS]
  • They came, they shopped, they saved the world. [DVD, 2007]

Certification

Germany: 16 / Iceland: 12 / Finland: 15 (previously K-16)/ UK: 15 / USA: PG-13 / Canada: 13+ (Quebec) / Canada: AA (Ontario) / Spain 13+ / Australia: M

CANADA [AA]
  • 28 September 1984 (Ontario)
    Classified AA (Adult Accompaniment) by the Ontario Film Review Board for Coarse Language and Frightening Scenes
    Distributer: Norstar Releasing
  • 16 January 1985 (Quebec)
    Classified 13+ by the Régie du cinéma
  • 28 June 1990 (Ontario)
    Classified AA (Adult Accompaniment) by the Ontario Film Review Board for Coarse Language and Frightening Scenes
    Distributer: CBS/Fox Video Ltd
UK [15]
  • 8 May 1985
    Classified 15 for theatrical release by the BBFC with no cuts made
    Distributer: Entertainment Film Dists Ltd
  • 1 September 1985
    Classified 15 for video release by the BBFC with no cuts made
    Distributer: CBS/Fox Video Ltd
  • 22 January 2010
    Classified 15 for DVD release by the BBFC with no cuts made
    Distributer: Optimum Releasing
FINLAND [15] – Tuhon Yö
  • 12 December 1988
  • Classified K-16 (now 15) for video release by
    ELONET
  • Distributer: Showtime Networks Inc. – videolevitys
SPAIN [13+] – LA NOCHE DEL COMETA

Box Office

US Box Office

Total Gross: $14,418,922 (4 January 1985, 1 screen)
Opening Weekend: $3,580,578 (18 November 1984)
(1,098 theaters, $3,261 average)
% of Total Gross: 24.8%
Widest Release: 1,098 theaters
In Release: 42 days / 6 weeks
Highest Chart Position: #3 (1st week)
(sources boxofficemojo.com, the-numbers.com )

Spanish Box Office

Viewing Figures: 72,066
Gross: 109.567,12 €
(source Minesterio Del Cultura)


Video Rental Performance

Night of the Comet was released for Video Cassette home rental in late July 1985. Billboard magazine records it entering the Rental Chart at No 27 the week ending 3 August, and dropping to 40th place in the week of 14 September 1985.


Awards

Billboard-Vol97No37Sep14-1985
Billboard Vol 97, No 37, 14 September 1985

The Night of the Comet Soundtrack was awarded a Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) Theatrical Release Gold Certification as noted in Billboard Magazine (Vol 97, No 37 14 September 1985)

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films USA 
Mary Woronov nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress 1985.

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