Before the fame of Discovery Channel's Shark Week and "Sharknado," there was a little film released in 1975 that kicked off America's infatuation with sharks: "Jaws."
The film, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month, was first a 1974 novel written by Peter Benchley. According to The Guardian, Benchley was paid $150,000 for the film rights, plus an additional $25,000 for a first draft of the script—before the book was published.
It went on to sell 5.5 million copies before the movie's open, according to The Guardian.
In its first three days, "Jaws" earned $7 million, and later jumped to $14 million in its first week, according to data from Box Office Mojo.