The common story behind the film’s genesis is that Cannon co-owner Menahem Golan was told about the dance style and he knew he had to make a film about the country’s latest dance fad. Especially since it was being co-opted by white kids! I’m of a different school of thought and think Golan read that producer Aaron Russo (TRADING PLACES) announced in Variety in October 1983 that he was making a film called BREAK DANCING. My theory is further bolstered by Cannon initially advertising their film as BREAKDANCIN’ and then BREAKDANCE before settling on their final title. Filmed in Phoenix in February and March of 1984, the film had an amazingly fast postproduction period, hitting theaters on May 4, 1984 via MGM. It debuted in the top spot and beat out newcomers like SIXTEEN CANDLES, HARDBODIES, and THE BOUNTY. All in all, the film earned $38 million in the U.S. that summer and ended up being MGM’s second highest grosser that year and the 18th highest grossing U.S. movie overall.