It's hard enough to reach #1 in just one of these arenas. To top both charts is a remarkable achievement (as evidenced by the fact that it happens, on average, less than once a year.)
The weekend box-office charts, dating back to January 1982, are housed at http://www.boxofficemojo.com/. (If you haven't been there yet, the site is a feast of useful and fascinating information.) The weekly album charts are of course from Billboard.
I have a Pop Quiz near the end of the column where your assignment is to match 16 movie tag lines to the correct movie. All the movies are on this list. If you get them all right, I predict you'll wind up as the Vice President of Marketing for a major studio.
First, let's fire up the time machine. These are the 23 movies to hit #1 at the box-office and spawn chart-topping soundtracks since 1982, in reverse chronological order. At the end of the list, I explain why a few obvious candidates (The Bodyguard, Forrest Gump) missed out.Miley Cyrus comedy (spun off from her Disney Channel TV series) spent its opening weekend at #1 in April. The soundtrack topped the chart that same month. The inspirational ballad "The Climb" reached #4 on the Hot 100. Paramore's "Decode" was a top 40 hit. Will Smith, spent its opening weekend at #1 in July 2003. The soundtrack spent its first four weeks at #1 in July and August. "Shake Ya Tailfeather" by Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee topped the Hot 100 for four weeks. Eminem movie spent its opening weekend at #1 in November 2002. The soundtrack logged four weeks at #1 from November to January 2003. The Oscar-winning motivational anthem "Lose Yourself" topped the Hot 100 for 12 weeks. Aerosmith's power ballad "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" was the #1 single for four weeks. Goo Goo Dolls' moody rock ballad "Iris" was a #1 airplay hit for 18 weeks. Celine Dion's Oscar-winning, chest-thumping "My Heart Will Go On" was the #1 single for two weeks. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, spent its first three weekends at #1 in July 1997. The album spent two weeks at #1 that same month. Smith's "Men In Black," which was based on an old Patrice Rushen hit, was a #1 airplay hit for four weeks. Rob Zombie and the Dust Brothers on two different tracks. Whitney Houston spent its opening weekend at #1 in December 1995. The soundtrack spent five weeks at #1 in January and February 1996. Houston's "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" was #1 for one week. Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio featuring L.V., a hip-hop update of an old Steve Wonder song, topped the Hot 100 for three weeks. Vanessa Williams' Oscar-winning, top five hit "Colors Of The Wind." Elton John, including the Oscar-winning "Can You Feel The Love Tonight." Queen's 1976 epic "Bohemian Rhapsody," which climbed to #2. Prince's soundtrack spent six weeks at #1 in July and August. It spawned three top 40 hits, including the #1 "Batdance." Berlin's Oscar-winning, #1 ballad, "Take My Breath Away." Glenn Frey's "The Heat Is On." Prince's movie spent its opening weekend at #1 in July 1984. Prince and the Revolution's soundtrack spent 24 consecutive weeks at #1 from August to January 1985. The Oscar-winning song score spawned a pair of #1 singles: "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy." Kenny Loggins' "Footloose" and Deniece Williams' "Let's Hear It For The Boy." Irene Cara's Oscar-winning "Flashdance...What A Feeling" and Michael Sembello's "Maniac." Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard soundtrack topped The Billboard 200 for 20 weeks, but the movie peaked at #2 at the box-office. Six other soundtracks that reached #1 also came from movies that peaked at #2: Dirty Dancing, U2's Rattle And Hum, Sleepless In Seattle, Friday, Juno and Mamma Mia.
Pop Quiz: Now for the fun part. All of the following tag lines appeared on posters advertising the 23 movies listed above. Match the tag line to the movie. So you don't have to keep scrolling up and down, here are the movies again: The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Michael Jackson's This Is It, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Twilight, Bad Boys II, 8 Mile, Armageddon, City Of Angels, Titanic, Men In Black, Private Parts, Waiting To Exhale, Dangerous Minds, Pocahontas, The Lion King, The Crow, Wayne's World, Batman, Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, Purple Rain, Footloose and Flashdance. Answers below.
1) "Nothing on earth could come between them."
2) "You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll hurl."
3) "Protecting the earth from the scum of the universe."
4) "Up there with the best of the best."
5) "Friends are the people who let you be yourself...and never let you forget it."
6) "Never before has a man done so much with so little."
7) "Earth. It was fun while it lasted."
8) "Something happens when she hears the music...It's her freedom. It's her fire. It's her life."
9) "He's a big-city kid in a small town. They said he'd never win. He knew he had to."
10) "Every moment is a chance to turn it around."
11) "She has the best of both worlds. Now, she has to choose just one."
12) "The next chapter begins."
13) "Like you've never seen him before."
14) "When you can live forever, what do you live for?"
15) "She didn't believe in angels until she fell in love with one."
16) "Believe in angels."
The Fine Print: I used Billboard issue dates for the period prior to May, 1991 (when Nielsen/SoundScan began tracking sales for Billboard) and Nielsen/SoundScan's "week ending" dates from that point on. I don't really have anything to add to that, but I'm trying to have a big enough block of copy here so you won't inadvertently see the answers. I think I've padded all I can. Here we go:
1) Titanic; 2) Wayne's World, 3) Bad Boys II, 4) Top Gun, 5) Waiting To Exhale, 6) Private Parts, 7) Armageddon, 8) Flashdance, 9) Footloose, 10) 8 Mile, 11) Hannah Montana: The Movie, 12) The Twilight Saga: New Moon, 13) Michael Jackson's This Is It, 14) Twilight, 15) City Of Angels, 16) The Crow.