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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
13Superman IIWB$108,185,7061,878$14,100,5231,3976/19
26The Cannonball RunFox$72,179,5791,692$11,765,6541,6736/19
31Raiders of the Lost ArkPar.$212,222,0251,078$8,305,8231,0786/12
430Halloween IIUni.$25,533,818N/A$7,446,5081,21110/30
58For Your Eyes OnlyMGM$54,812,802N/A$6,834,9679526/26
620Bustin' LooseUni.$31,261,269N/A$6,622,7538285/22
710Time BanditsEmb$42,365,581821$6,507,35682111/6
824NeighborsPar.$29,916,2071,387$6,481,3861,38712/18
935Friday the 13th Part 2Par.$21,722,776N/A$6,429,7841,3504/30
105StripesCol.$85,297,000N/A$6,130,1971,0746/26
1136The Final Conflict: Omen IIIFox$20,471,382N/A$5,571,6759183/20
1219History of the World, Part IFox$31,672,907N/A$4,792,7314846/12
1318ExcaliburWB$34,967,437N/A$4,519,7066924/10
149The Four SeasonsUni.$50,427,646N/A$4,365,6436235/22
1537The Incredible Shrinking WomanUni.$20,259,961N/A$4,279,2647891/30
1622Endless LoveUni.$31,184,024N/A$4,163,6235747/17
1723An American Werewolf in LondonUni.$30,565,292N/A$3,786,5128708/21
1847Continental DivideUni.$15,578,237N/A$3,218,3478649/18
1944OutlandWB$17,374,595N/A$3,059,6383315/22
2061Back RoadsWB$11,809,387N/A$3,046,3398053/13
2166WolfenWB$10,626,725N/A$3,037,9119677/24
2217Sharky's MachineWB$35,610,1001,388$3,022,0411,38812/18
2321The Great Muppet CaperUni.$31,206,251N/A$2,968,990736/26
2456The Legend of the Lone RangerUni.$12,617,845N/A$2,945,6001,0185/22
2572The Fun HouseUni.$7,886,857N/A$2,765,4568143/13
264ArthurWB$95,461,682701$2,719,5347017/17
2749NighthawksUni.$14,905,359N/A$2,525,3606594/10
2853DragonslayerPar.$14,110,013N/A$2,407,9398686/26
2913RedsPar.$40,382,659644$2,325,02939612/4
3040Under the RainbowWB$18,826,490N/A$2,297,4934887/31
3165RolloverWB$10,851,261755$2,260,68975512/11
3234Ghost StoryUni.$23,371,905600$2,105,72954812/16
3381Student BodiesPar.$5,165,432N/A$1,582,1486288/7
3483All Night LongUni.$4,454,295N/A$1,392,8523623/6
3570Whose Life Is It, Anyway?MGM$8,206,145615$1,348,57661512/2
3626Cinderella (Re-issue) (1981)BV$28,040,000N/A$1,300,00056012/18
3784The Pursuit of D.B. CooperUni.$3,702,028N/A$1,214,76786711/13
3828Private LessonsJenF$26,279,000224$1,056,1581798/28
3996King of the MountainUni.$1,791,147N/A$958,6377035/1
4094Honky Tonk FreewayUni.$2,004,742N/A$939,4236298/21
4190The HandWB$2,447,576N/A$566,7361834/24
4233Body HeatWB$24,058,838N/A$564,593348/28
43101Eyes of a StrangerWB$1,118,634N/A$546,7241803/27
4468Pennies From HeavenMGM$9,171,289N/A$520,00031512/11
4593SphinxWB$2,022,771N/A$439,5642142/13
4692This Is ElvisWB$2,028,612N/A$429,1463094/10
4791HeartbeepsUni.$2,154,696N/A$407,46449312/18
4898Silence of the NorthUni.$1,622,898N/A$344,83727210/23
4995Raggedy ManUni.$1,976,198N/A$287,0811999/18
5073Buddy BuddyMGM$7,258,543248$189,00024812/11
5163RagtimePar.$11,099,118447$151,351511/20
52106Cattle Annie and Little BritchesUni.$534,816N/A$115,6792154/24
5312Absence of MaliceCol.$40,716,963994$97,667211/20
5416TapsFox$35,856,053792$93,005312/9
552On Golden PondUni.$119,285,4321,015$89,213212/4
567Chariots of FireCol.$58,972,904810$68,90739/25
5771Prince of the CityWB$8,124,257N/A$64,71338/19
5885Zoot SuitUni.$3,256,082N/A$63,3565710/2
5989Modern RomanceCol.$2,863,642N/A$18,22513/13
6011Clash of the Titans (1981)MGM$41,092,328N/AN/AN/A6/12
6114The Fox and the HoundBV$39,900,000N/AN/AN/A7/10
6215Tarzan, the Ape ManMGM$36,565,280N/AN/AN/A7/24
6325Fort Apache, The BronxFox$29,200,000N/AN/AN/A2/6
6427The French Lieutenant's WomanMGM$26,890,068N/AN/AN/A9/18
6529Modern ProblemsFox$26,154,2111,119N/A1,11112/25
6631Only When I LaughCol.$25,524,778N/AN/AN/A9/23
6732Escape from New YorkEmb$25,244,626N/AN/AN/A7/10
6838Mommie DearestPar.$19,032,261N/AN/AN/A9/18
6939PaternityPar.$18,838,812N/AN/AN/A10/2
7041The HowlingEmb$17,985,893N/AN/AN/A4/10
7142Eye of the NeedleMGM$17,583,634N/AN/AN/A7/24
7243Take This Job and Shove ItEmb$17,569,027N/AN/AN/A5/15
7345The Devil and Max DevlinBV$16,000,000N/AN/AN/A2/6
7446CavemanMGM$15,965,924N/AN/AN/A4/17
7548The Night the Lights Went Out in GeorgiaAVCO$14,923,752N/AN/AN/A8/7
7650S.O.B.Par.$14,867,086N/AN/AN/A7/1
7751Rich and FamousMGM$14,492,125N/AN/AN/A10/9
7852Scanners (1981)Emb$14,225,876N/AN/AN/A1/14
7954True ConfessionsMGM$12,850,276N/AN/AN/A9/25
8055Atlantic CityPar.$12,729,675N/AN/AN/A4/3
8157First Monday in OctoberPar.$12,480,249N/AN/AN/A8/21
8258The Postman Always Rings TwicePar.$12,376,625N/AN/AN/A3/20
8359Comin' at Ya!Film$12,000,000N/AN/AN/ADec
8460Blow OutFilm$12,000,000N/AN/AN/A7/24
8562ThiefMGM$11,492,915N/AN/AN/A3/27
8664VictoryPar.$10,853,418N/AN/AN/A7/31
8767Carbon CopyEmb$9,566,593N/AN/AN/A9/25
8869Deadly BlessingMGM$8,279,042N/AN/AN/A8/14
8974La Cage aux Folles 2MGM$6,950,125N/AN/AN/A2/15
9075All the MarblesMGM$6,468,195N/AN/AN/A10/16
9176EyewitnessFox$6,400,000N/AN/AN/A2/13
9277GallipoliPar.$5,732,587N/AN/AN/A8/28
9378My Bloody Valentine (1981)Par.$5,672,031N/AN/AN/A2/11
9479Going Ape!Par.$5,504,218N/AN/AN/A4/10
9580The Dogs of WarMGM$5,484,132N/AN/AN/A2/13
9682The Watcher in the WoodsBV$5,000,000N/AN/AN/A10/7
9786The Fan (1981)Par.$3,082,096N/AN/AN/A5/15
9887The Last MetroMGM$3,007,436N/AN/AN/A2/13
9988GasPar.$2,869,425N/AN/AN/A7/23
10097Cutter's WayMGM$1,729,274N/AN/AN/A3/20
Summary of 113 Movies on Chart:
Totals:$2,290,052,401----
Averages:$20,265,950----
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