ALIEN by Numbers

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary and 4K re-release of Ridley Scott’s iconic ALIEN in cinemas across the UK from 1st March, we’ve put together an ‘Alien by numbers’, a list of facts and figures that fans may not have previously known about the sci-fi classic.

  • 3 Words – That sold the script to the studio: “Jaws in space
  • 3 Hours 12 Minutes – The duration of the original cut of the film
  • 4 Cats – The number of cats that played Jonesy in the film
  • 4 Minutes – The full screen time of the Xenomorph
  • 5 Directors – That were considered before they found Ridley Scott
  • 7 Feet 2 Inches – The height of Bolaji Badejo in his one and only role playing the titular monster
  • 26 Feet – The height of the Space Jockey prop
  • 3 Children – used in the Space Jockey scene to enhance the scale of the set
  • $38,461 – The average made per cinema by Alien on opening weekend in 1979, totalling $3.5 million
  • $4.2 million – The original budget of the film, which was doubled after Ridley Scott storyboarded his ideas
  • 26 – Alien is a member of the exclusive club of only 26 horror films that have ever won an Oscar
  • 273 Cinemas – That’s how many cinemas will be showing Alien’s 4K restoration and re-release in cinemas from 1st March

ALIEN 40th anniversary poster

On their voyage home, the crew of the deepspace tug Nostromo investigate an alien distress signal, inadvertently picking up and bringing aboard an extraterrestrial life form with violent and lethal survival instincts.