The opening of “Harry Potter VIII” this weekend, along with “Transformers III” and “X-Men: First Class,” reminds me of a story.
It was the mid-‘80s and I was still covering the industry for Newsweek. I was having lunch with David Matalon, boss of the upstart studio Tri-Star, discussing the surprising tracking for the upcoming film “Rambo: First Blood, Part II.” Predictions were for it to be the hit of the summer, which it turned out to be.
That surprised me. After all, outside “Rocky,” which by that point had run its course, Stallone had never shown pop at the box office. Don’t believe me? Let’s see: “F.I.S.T.,” “Paradise Alley,” “Victory,” “Rhinestone.”
“You’re missing the story,” Matalon...