The movie itself hit theaters on July 27, 1984, and finished as the year’s 11th-highest-grossing film — right between Splash and Amadeus (pretty good company).
“(The movie) Purple Rain is basically a long-form music video, a bunch of performances strung together by a romance on the side. Prince became a megastar. It was a hit movie, a hit album and had a zillion hit singles. It was like killing 17 birds with one stone.” — Keith Caulfield, Billboard
It was a pretty spectacular welcome to the mainstream for a guy who was previously best known for performing in skimpy underwear: