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1981 DOMESTIC GROSSES

Total Grosses of all Movies Released in 1981

#1–100 - #101–113
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RowRankMovie Title (click to view)Studio
Total Gross / TheatersOpening / TheatersOpen
111Clash of the Titans (1981)MGM$41,092,328N/AN/AN/A6/12
214The Fox and the HoundBV$39,900,000N/AN/AN/A7/10
315Tarzan, the Ape ManMGM$36,565,280N/AN/AN/A7/24
425Fort Apache, The BronxFox$29,200,000N/AN/AN/A2/6
527The French Lieutenant's WomanMGM$26,890,068N/AN/AN/A9/18
629Modern ProblemsFox$26,154,2111,119N/A1,11112/25
731Only When I LaughCol.$25,524,778N/AN/AN/A9/23
832Escape from New YorkEmb$25,244,626N/AN/AN/A7/10
938Mommie DearestPar.$19,032,261N/AN/AN/A9/18
1039PaternityPar.$18,838,812N/AN/AN/A10/2
1141The HowlingEmb$17,985,893N/AN/AN/A4/10
1242Eye of the NeedleMGM$17,583,634N/AN/AN/A7/24
1343Take This Job and Shove ItEmb$17,569,027N/AN/AN/A5/15
1445The Devil and Max DevlinBV$16,000,000N/AN/AN/A2/6
1546CavemanMGM$15,965,924N/AN/AN/A4/17
1648The Night the Lights Went Out in GeorgiaAVCO$14,923,752N/AN/AN/A8/7
1750S.O.B.Par.$14,867,086N/AN/AN/A7/1
1851Rich and FamousMGM$14,492,125N/AN/AN/A10/9
1952Scanners (1981)Emb$14,225,876N/AN/AN/A1/14
2054True ConfessionsMGM$12,850,276N/AN/AN/A9/25
2155Atlantic CityPar.$12,729,675N/AN/AN/A4/3
2257First Monday in OctoberPar.$12,480,249N/AN/AN/A8/21
2358The Postman Always Rings TwicePar.$12,376,625N/AN/AN/A3/20
2460Blow OutFilm$12,000,000N/AN/AN/A7/24
2559Comin' at Ya!Film$12,000,000N/AN/AN/ADec
2662ThiefMGM$11,492,915N/AN/AN/A3/27
2764VictoryPar.$10,853,418N/AN/AN/A7/31
2867Carbon CopyEmb$9,566,593N/AN/AN/A9/25
2969Deadly BlessingMGM$8,279,042N/AN/AN/A8/14
3074La Cage aux Folles 2MGM$6,950,125N/AN/AN/A2/15
3175All the MarblesMGM$6,468,195N/AN/AN/A10/16
3276EyewitnessFox$6,400,000N/AN/AN/A2/13
3377GallipoliPar.$5,732,587N/AN/AN/A8/28
3478My Bloody Valentine (1981)Par.$5,672,031N/AN/AN/A2/11
3579Going Ape!Par.$5,504,218N/AN/AN/A4/10
3680The Dogs of WarMGM$5,484,132N/AN/AN/A2/13
3782The Watcher in the WoodsBV$5,000,000N/AN/AN/A10/7
3886The Fan (1981)Par.$3,082,096N/AN/AN/A5/15
3987The Last MetroMGM$3,007,436N/AN/AN/A2/13
4088GasPar.$2,869,425N/AN/AN/A7/23
4197Cutter's WayMGM$1,729,274N/AN/AN/A3/20
4299From Mao to MozartMGM$1,205,934N/AN/AN/A4/10
43100Night SchoolPar.$1,169,875N/AN/AN/A9/11
44102Herbie Goes Bananas (Re-issue)BV$1,000,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
45103Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (Re-issue)BV$1,000,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
46104Sunday LoversMGM$621,931N/AN/AN/A2/13
47105Beyond the ReefUni.$547,525N/AN/AN/A4/24
48107Hard CountryUni.$534,653N/AN/AN/A5/1
49108Man of IronMGM$492,035N/AN/AN/A11/20
50109KellyPar.$469,777N/AN/AN/A3/20
51110Freaky Friday (Re-issue)BV$300,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
52111Sea WolvesPar.$220,181N/AN/AN/A6/5
53112Second Hand HeartsPar.$19,450N/AN/AN/A4/24
54113Glen or GlendaPar.$10,158N/AN/AN/A5/22
5589Modern RomanceCol.$2,863,642N/A$18,22513/13
5685Zoot SuitUni.$3,256,082N/A$63,3565710/2
5771Prince of the CityWB$8,124,257N/A$64,71338/19
587Chariots of FireCol.$58,972,904810$68,90739/25
592On Golden PondUni.$119,285,4321,015$89,213212/4
6016TapsFox$35,856,053792$93,005312/9
6112Absence of MaliceCol.$40,716,963994$97,667211/20
62106Cattle Annie and Little BritchesUni.$534,816N/A$115,6792154/24
6363RagtimePar.$11,099,118447$151,351511/20
6473Buddy BuddyMGM$7,258,543248$189,00024812/11
6595Raggedy ManUni.$1,976,198N/A$287,0811999/18
6698Silence of the NorthUni.$1,622,898N/A$344,83727210/23
6791HeartbeepsUni.$2,154,696N/A$407,46449312/18
6892This Is ElvisWB$2,028,612N/A$429,1463094/10
6993SphinxWB$2,022,771N/A$439,5642142/13
7068Pennies From HeavenMGM$9,171,289N/A$520,00031512/11
71101Eyes of a StrangerWB$1,118,634N/A$546,7241803/27
7233Body HeatWB$24,058,838N/A$564,593348/28
7390The HandWB$2,447,576N/A$566,7361834/24
7494Honky Tonk FreewayUni.$2,004,742N/A$939,4236298/21
7596King of the MountainUni.$1,791,147N/A$958,6377035/1
7628Private LessonsJenF$26,279,000224$1,056,1581798/28
7784The Pursuit of D.B. CooperUni.$3,702,028N/A$1,214,76786711/13
7826Cinderella (Re-issue) (1981)BV$28,040,000N/A$1,300,00056012/18
7970Whose Life Is It, Anyway?MGM$8,206,145615$1,348,57661512/2
8083All Night LongUni.$4,454,295N/A$1,392,8523623/6
8181Student BodiesPar.$5,165,432N/A$1,582,1486288/7
8234Ghost StoryUni.$23,371,905600$2,105,72954812/16
8365RolloverWB$10,851,261755$2,260,68975512/11
8440Under the RainbowWB$18,826,490N/A$2,297,4934887/31
8513RedsPar.$40,382,659644$2,325,02939612/4
8653DragonslayerPar.$14,110,013N/A$2,407,9398686/26
8749NighthawksUni.$14,905,359N/A$2,525,3606594/10
884ArthurWB$95,461,682701$2,719,5347017/17
8972The Fun HouseUni.$7,886,857N/A$2,765,4568143/13
9056The Legend of the Lone RangerUni.$12,617,845N/A$2,945,6001,0185/22
9121The Great Muppet CaperUni.$31,206,251N/A$2,968,990736/26
9217Sharky's MachineWB$35,610,1001,388$3,022,0411,38812/18
9366WolfenWB$10,626,725N/A$3,037,9119677/24
9461Back RoadsWB$11,809,387N/A$3,046,3398053/13
9544OutlandWB$17,374,595N/A$3,059,6383315/22
9647Continental DivideUni.$15,578,237N/A$3,218,3478649/18
9723An American Werewolf in LondonUni.$30,565,292N/A$3,786,5128708/21
9822Endless LoveUni.$31,184,024N/A$4,163,6235747/17
9937The Incredible Shrinking WomanUni.$20,259,961N/A$4,279,2647891/30
1009The Four SeasonsUni.$50,427,646N/A$4,365,6436235/22
Summary of 113 Movies on Chart:
Totals:$2,290,052,401----
Averages:$20,265,950----
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