On this day in music history: July 27, 1984 - “Purple Rain” opens in US movie theaters. It is the feature film debut of music icon Prince, co-starring Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Jerome Benton, Olga Karlatos, and Clarence Williams III. The film directed by Albert Magnoli, and produced by Robert Cavallo, Stephen Fargnoli, and Joseph Ruffalo (Prince’s management team), is the semi autobiographical account of musician’s rise to fame. Prince will develop ideas for the story prior to and during the “1999 Triple Threat” Tour” (circa 1982 - early 1983). He will eventually enlist the help of veteran television and film writer William Blinn (“Eight Is Enough”, “Roots”) and director Magnoli to craft his ideas into the final script. Filmed on a modest budget of only $7 million, it will be shot on location in Minneapolis and Los Angeles, CA between November - December 1983. Released through Warner Bros, the film will open on 917 screens across the US. “Purple Rain” will top the box office chart in its first weekend of release, taking in $7,766,201 (knocking “Ghostbusters” from the number one spot), going on to gross more than $68 million domestically during its original theatrical run (more than $80 million currently). In an unprecedented move, Warner Bros will announce that “Purple Rain” will be available as a sell through home video release (on VHS, Beta, and Laserdisc), rather than just as a rental, in time for the 1984 Christmas holiday season. The move will prove to be a brilliant decision as the film will sell in then record numbers for a home video title, becoming one of the best selling titles in the history of Warner Home Video. The films’ soundtrack will win Prince an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score in March of 1985.