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1981 DOMESTIC GROSSES

Total Grosses of Limited Releases in 1981

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RankMovie Title (click to view)Studio
Total Gross / TheatersOpening / TheatersOpen
1StripesCol.$85,297,000N/A$6,130,1971,0746/26
2For Your Eyes OnlyMGM$54,812,802N/A$6,834,9679526/26
3The Four SeasonsUni.$50,427,646N/A$4,365,6436235/22
4Clash of the Titans (1981)MGM$41,092,328N/AN/AN/A6/12
5The Fox and the HoundBV$39,900,000N/AN/AN/A7/10
6Tarzan, the Ape ManMGM$36,565,280N/AN/AN/A7/24
7ExcaliburWB$34,967,437N/A$4,519,7066924/10
8History of the World, Part IFox$31,672,907N/A$4,792,7314846/12
9Bustin' LooseUni.$31,261,269N/A$6,622,7538285/22
10The Great Muppet CaperUni.$31,206,251N/A$2,968,990736/26
11Endless LoveUni.$31,184,024N/A$4,163,6235747/17
12An American Werewolf in LondonUni.$30,565,292N/A$3,786,5128708/21
13Fort Apache, The BronxFox$29,200,000N/AN/AN/A2/6
14Cinderella (1981 re-issue)BV$28,040,000N/A$1,300,00056012/18
15The French Lieutenant's WomanMGM$26,890,068N/AN/AN/A9/18
16Private LessonsJenF$26,279,000224$1,056,1581798/28
17Halloween IIUni.$25,533,818N/A$7,446,5081,21110/30
18Only When I LaughCol.$25,524,778N/AN/AN/A9/23
19Escape from New YorkEmb$25,244,626N/AN/AN/A7/10
20Body HeatWB$24,058,838N/A$564,593348/28
21Friday the 13th Part 2Par.$21,722,776N/A$6,429,7841,3504/30
22The Final Conflict: Omen IIIFox$20,471,382N/A$5,571,6759183/20
23The Incredible Shrinking WomanUni.$20,259,961N/A$4,279,2647891/30
24Mommie DearestPar.$19,032,261N/AN/AN/A9/18
25PaternityPar.$18,838,812N/AN/AN/A10/2
26Under the RainbowWB$18,826,490N/A$2,297,4934887/31
27The HowlingEmb$17,985,893N/AN/AN/A4/10
28Eye of the NeedleMGM$17,583,634N/AN/AN/A7/24
29Take This Job and Shove ItEmb$17,569,027N/AN/AN/A5/15
30OutlandWB$17,374,595N/A$3,059,6383315/22
31The Devil and Max DevlinBV$16,000,000N/AN/AN/A2/6
32CavemanMGM$15,965,924N/AN/AN/A4/17
33Continental DivideUni.$15,578,237N/A$3,218,3478649/18
34The Night the Lights Went Out in GeorgiaAVCO$14,923,752N/AN/AN/A8/7
35NighthawksUni.$14,905,359N/A$2,525,3606594/10
36S.O.B.Par.$14,867,086N/AN/AN/A7/1
37Rich and FamousMGM$14,492,125N/AN/AN/A10/9
38Scanners (1981)Emb$14,225,876N/AN/AN/A1/14
39DragonslayerPar.$14,110,013N/A$2,407,9398686/26
40True ConfessionsMGM$12,850,276N/AN/AN/A9/25
41Atlantic CityPar.$12,729,675N/AN/AN/A4/3
42The Legend of the Lone RangerUni.$12,617,845N/A$2,945,6001,0185/22
43First Monday in OctoberPar.$12,480,249N/AN/AN/A8/21
44The Postman Always Rings TwicePar.$12,376,625N/AN/AN/A3/20
46Comin' at Ya!Film$12,000,000N/AN/AN/AJan
45Blow OutFilm$12,000,000N/AN/AN/A7/24
47Back RoadsWB$11,809,387N/A$3,046,3398053/13
48ThiefMGM$11,492,915N/AN/AN/A3/27
49RagtimePar.$11,099,118447$151,351511/20
50VictoryPar.$10,853,418N/AN/AN/A7/31
51WolfenWB$10,626,725N/A$3,037,9119677/24
52Carbon CopyEmb$9,566,593N/AN/AN/A9/25
53Pennies From HeavenMGM$9,171,289N/A$520,00031512/11
54Deadly BlessingMGM$8,279,042N/AN/AN/A8/14
55Prince of the CityWB$8,124,257N/A$64,71338/19
56The FunhouseUni.$7,886,857N/A$2,765,4568143/13
57Buddy BuddyMGM$7,258,543248$189,00024812/11
58La Cage aux Folles 2MGM$6,950,125N/AN/AN/A2/15
59All the MarblesMGM$6,468,195N/AN/AN/A10/16
60EyewitnessFox$6,400,000N/AN/AN/A2/13
61GallipoliPar.$5,732,587N/AN/AN/A8/28
62My Bloody Valentine (1981)Par.$5,672,031N/AN/AN/A2/11
63Going Ape!Par.$5,504,218N/AN/AN/A4/10
64The Dogs of WarMGM$5,484,132N/AN/AN/A2/13
65Student BodiesPar.$5,165,432N/A$1,582,1486288/7
66The Watcher in the WoodsBV$5,000,000N/AN/AN/A10/7
67All Night LongUni.$4,454,295N/A$1,392,8523623/6
68The Pursuit of D.B. CooperUni.$3,702,028N/A$1,214,76786711/13
69Zoot SuitUni.$3,256,082N/A$63,3565710/2
70The Fan (1981)Par.$3,082,096N/AN/AN/A5/15
71The Last MetroMGM$3,007,436N/AN/AN/A2/13
72GasPar.$2,869,425N/AN/AN/A7/23
73Modern RomanceCol.$2,863,642N/A$18,22513/13
74The HandWB$2,447,576N/A$566,7361834/24
75HeartbeepsUni.$2,154,696N/A$407,46449312/18
76This Is ElvisWB$2,028,612N/A$429,1463094/10
77SphinxWB$2,022,771N/A$439,5642142/13
78Honky Tonk FreewayUni.$2,004,742N/A$939,4236298/21
79Raggedy ManUni.$1,976,198N/A$287,0811999/18
80King of the MountainUni.$1,791,147N/A$958,6377035/1
81Cutter's WayMGM$1,729,274N/AN/AN/A3/20
82Silence of the NorthUni.$1,622,898N/A$344,83727210/23
83From Mao to MozartMGM$1,205,934N/AN/AN/A4/10
84Night SchoolPar.$1,169,875N/AN/AN/A9/11
85Eyes of a StrangerWB$1,118,634N/A$546,7241803/27
86Herbie Goes Bananas (Re-issue)BV$1,000,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
87Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (Re-issue)BV$1,000,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
88Sunday LoversMGM$621,931N/AN/AN/A2/13
89Beyond the ReefUni.$547,525N/AN/AN/A4/24
90Cattle Annie and Little BritchesUni.$534,816N/A$115,6792154/24
91Hard CountryUni.$534,653N/AN/AN/A5/1
92Man of IronMGM$492,035N/AN/AN/A11/20
93KellyPar.$469,777N/AN/AN/A3/20
94Freaky Friday (Re-issue)BV$300,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
95Sea WolvesPar.$220,181N/AN/AN/A6/5
96Second Hand HeartsPar.$19,450N/AN/AN/A4/24
97Glen or GlendaPar.$10,158N/AN/AN/A5/22
Summary of 97 Movies on Chart:
Totals:$1,330,313,988----
Averages:$13,714,577----
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