Grease returns to AMC theaters as a special tribute to the late leading actress Olivia Newton-John

Grease returns to AMC theaters as a special tribute to the late leading actress Olivia Newton-John

Grease returns to AMC theaters as a special tribute to the late leading actress Olivia Newton-John

Cult film Grease returns to the big screen following the recent death of Olivia-Newton John.

Earlier this week, AMC Theaters announced it would be showing the classic 1978 film starring Newton-John as Sandy and John Travolta as Danny at 135 of its locations across the country this weekend to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.

“To honor the late Olivia Newton-John, many of our US theaters will be bringing her classic 1978 film back to the big screen this weekend,” tweeted Adam Aron, CEO of AMC Theaters, adding, “A bargain price of $5, and through our charity, AMC Cares, we will donate $1 per ticket sold to breast cancer research.’

Special Tribute Engagement: AMC Theaters announced it is showing the original Grease film, starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, in a tribute to the film’s leading lady

Grease was once the highest-grossing musical film of all time, eclipsing a record set by The Sound of Music by grossing more than $366 million on a budget of just $6 million.

The film’s record was surpassed following the release of Les Misérables in 2012, which grossed $441.8 million at the box office from a budget of $61 million.

The musical romantic comedy received mostly positive reviews from film critics and is considered by many to be one of the best films of 1978.

The film’s legacy was further cemented when the Library Of Congress announced it would be included in the National Film Registry in 2020.

Tribute Screenings: AMC Theaters CEO Adam Aron announced the return of the original Grease film to 135 of its locations across the country in honor of Olivia Newton-John;  Parts of the exhibitions are donated to breast cancer research

Tribute Screenings: AMC Theaters CEO Adam Aron announced the return of the original Grease film to 135 of its locations across the country in honor of Olivia Newton-John; Parts of the exhibitions are donated to breast cancer research

The success of Grease, based on the 1971 musical of the same name by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey and written by Bronte Woodard with an adaptation by Ala Carr, led to its sequel Grease 2, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield main roles.

A series based on the film, titled Grease: Rise Of The Pink Ladies, and a prequel called Summer Lovin’ are reportedly in the works for the Paramount+ streaming service.

Newton-John was 73 when she died on August 8 at her beloved ranch in California’s Santa Ynez Valley.

As of 1992, she was diagnosed with breast cancer three times during her life.

Bonafide hit: Grease was once the highest-grossing musical film of all time, eclipsing a record set by The Sound of Music by grossing more than $366 million on a budget of just $6 million

Bonafide hit: Grease was once the highest-grossing musical film of all time, eclipsing a record set by The Sound of Music by grossing more than $366 million on a budget of just $6 million

RIP: The singer and actress died on August 8th at her beloved ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley of California;  She can be seen in a recent Instagram photo

RIP: The singer and actress died on August 8th at her beloved ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley of California; She can be seen in a recent Instagram photo

After her initial recovery, the actress and singer became an advocate for breast cancer research and other health issues.

More than 25 years had passed when she made the shocking announcement that she had been re-diagnosed with breast cancer. During that time, she revealed she had a previous recurrence of the disease in 2013, but had chosen to keep the news a secret.

The “If You Love Me, Let Me Know” star revealed that her third diagnosis in 2017 had metastasized, spread to her bones and progressed to Stage IV.

Newton-John, who has also had a chart-topping career as a singer, is survived by husband John Easterling, whom she married in 2008, and daughter Chloe, 36, whom she shared with first husband Matt Lattanzi.

Farewell: Newton-John is survived by husband John Easterling and daughter Chloe, whom she shared with first husband Matt Lattanzi;  She is pictured with Easterling

Farewell: Newton-John is survived by husband John Easterling and daughter Chloe, whom she shared with first husband Matt Lattanzi; She is pictured with Easterling