WASHINGTON, June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16: 50th ANNIVERSARY OF "PSYCHO " PREMIERE
Profile America — Wednesday, June 16th. Fifty years ago today, one of the most influential films in Hollywood history had its premiere — "Psycho," starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. Perkins played the role of Norman Bates, who ran the creepy Bates Motel. Janet Leigh was murdered in the famous shower scene, which film historians credit with introducing the slasher genre of movies. "Psycho" had a lukewarm reception with the critics, but they soon changed their minds as the movie became a box office hit. Today, the film is included in many lists of the best movies ever made. When "Psycho" was released in 1960, 44 million people a week went to the movies. That figure is now 27 million a week. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 325
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 400
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 1206
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau