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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 IIWarner Bros.$108,185,7061,878$14,100,5231,3976/19
24ArthurWarner Bros.$95,461,682701$2,719,5347017/17
317Sharky's MachineWarner Bros.$35,610,1001,388$3,022,0411,38812/18
418ExcaliburWarner Bros.$34,967,437N/A$4,519,7066924/10
533Body HeatWarner Bros.$24,058,838N/A$564,593348/28
640Under the RainbowWarner Bros.$18,826,490N/A$2,297,4934887/31
744OutlandWarner Bros.$17,374,595N/A$3,059,6383315/22
861Back RoadsWarner Bros.$11,809,387N/A$3,046,3398053/13
965RolloverWarner Bros.$10,851,261755$2,260,68975512/11
1066WolfenWarner Bros.$10,626,725N/A$3,037,9119677/24
1171Prince of the CityWarner Bros.$8,124,257N/A$64,71338/19
1290The HandWarner Bros.$2,447,576N/A$566,7361834/24
1392This Is ElvisWarner Bros.$2,028,612N/A$429,1463094/10
1493SphinxWarner Bros.$2,022,771N/A$439,5642142/13
15101Eyes of a StrangerWarner Bros.$1,118,634N/A$546,7241803/27
162On Golden PondUniversal$119,285,4321,015$89,213212/4
179The Four SeasonsUniversal$50,427,646N/A$4,365,6436235/22
1820Bustin' LooseUniversal$31,261,269N/A$6,622,7538285/22
1921The Great Muppet CaperUniversal$31,206,251N/A$2,968,990736/26
2022Endless LoveUniversal$31,184,024N/A$4,163,6235747/17
2123An American Werewolf in LondonUniversal$30,565,292N/A$3,786,5128708/21
2230Halloween IIUniversal$25,533,818N/A$7,446,5081,21110/30
2334Ghost StoryUniversal$23,371,905600$2,105,72954812/16
2437The Incredible Shrinking WomanUniversal$20,259,961N/A$4,279,2647891/30
2547Continental DivideUniversal$15,578,237N/A$3,218,3478649/18
2649NighthawksUniversal$14,905,359N/A$2,525,3606594/10
2756The Legend of the Lone RangerUniversal$12,617,845N/A$2,945,6001,0185/22
2872The Fun HouseUniversal$7,886,857N/A$2,765,4568143/13
2983All Night LongUniversal$4,454,295N/A$1,392,8523623/6
3084The Pursuit of D.B. CooperUniversal$3,702,028N/A$1,214,76786711/13
3185Zoot SuitUniversal$3,256,082N/A$63,3565710/2
3291HeartbeepsUniversal$2,154,696N/A$407,46449312/18
3394Honky Tonk FreewayUniversal$2,004,742N/A$939,4236298/21
3495Raggedy ManUniversal$1,976,198N/A$287,0811999/18
3596King of the MountainUniversal$1,791,147N/A$958,6377035/1
3698Silence of the NorthUniversal$1,622,898N/A$344,83727210/23
37105Beyond the ReefUniversal$547,525N/AN/AN/A4/24
38106Cattle Annie and Little BritchesUniversal$534,816N/A$115,6792154/24
39107Hard CountryUniversal$534,653N/AN/AN/A5/1
401Raiders of the Lost ArkParamount$212,222,0251,078$8,305,8231,0786/12
4113RedsParamount$40,382,659644$2,325,02939612/4
4235Friday the 13th Part 2Paramount$21,722,776N/A$6,429,7841,3504/30
4338Mommie DearestParamount$19,032,261N/AN/AN/A9/18
4439PaternityParamount$18,838,812N/AN/AN/A10/2
4550S.O.B.Paramount$14,867,086N/AN/AN/A7/1
4653DragonslayerParamount$14,110,013N/A$2,407,9398686/26
4755Atlantic CityParamount$12,729,675N/AN/AN/A4/3
4857First Monday in OctoberParamount$12,480,249N/AN/AN/A8/21
4958The Postman Always Rings TwiceParamount$12,376,625N/AN/AN/A3/20
5063RagtimeParamount$11,099,118447$151,351511/20
5164VictoryParamount$10,853,418N/AN/AN/A7/31
5277GallipoliParamount$5,732,587N/AN/AN/A8/28
5378My Bloody Valentine (1981)Paramount$5,672,031N/AN/AN/A2/11
5479Going Ape!Paramount$5,504,218N/AN/AN/A4/10
5581Student BodiesParamount$5,165,432N/A$1,582,1486288/7
5686The Fan (1981)Paramount$3,082,096N/AN/AN/A5/15
5788GasParamount$2,869,425N/AN/AN/A7/23
58100Night SchoolParamount$1,169,875N/AN/AN/A9/11
59109KellyParamount$469,777N/AN/AN/A3/20
60111Sea WolvesParamount$220,181N/AN/AN/A6/5
61112Second Hand HeartsParamount$19,450N/AN/AN/A4/24
62113Glen or GlendaParamount$10,158N/AN/AN/A5/22
638For Your Eyes OnlyMGM$54,812,802N/A$6,834,9679526/26
6411Clash of the Titans (1981)MGM$41,092,328N/AN/AN/A6/12
6515Tarzan, the Ape ManMGM$36,565,280N/AN/AN/A7/24
6627The French Lieutenant's WomanMGM$26,890,068N/AN/AN/A9/18
6742Eye of the NeedleMGM$17,583,634N/AN/AN/A7/24
6846CavemanMGM$15,965,924N/AN/AN/A4/17
6951Rich and FamousMGM$14,492,125N/AN/AN/A10/9
7054True ConfessionsMGM$12,850,276N/AN/AN/A9/25
7162ThiefMGM$11,492,915N/AN/AN/A3/27
7268Pennies From HeavenMGM$9,171,289N/A$520,00031512/11
7369Deadly BlessingMGM$8,279,042N/AN/AN/A8/14
7470Whose Life Is It, Anyway?MGM$8,206,145615$1,348,57661512/2
7573Buddy BuddyMGM$7,258,543248$189,00024812/11
7674La Cage aux Folles 2MGM$6,950,125N/AN/AN/A2/15
7775All the MarblesMGM$6,468,195N/AN/AN/A10/16
7880The Dogs of WarMGM$5,484,132N/AN/AN/A2/13
7987The Last MetroMGM$3,007,436N/AN/AN/A2/13
8097Cutter's WayMGM$1,729,274N/AN/AN/A3/20
8199From Mao to MozartMGM$1,205,934N/AN/AN/A4/10
82104Sunday LoversMGM$621,931N/AN/AN/A2/13
83108Man of IronMGM$492,035N/AN/AN/A11/20
8428Private LessonsJensen Farley$26,279,000224$1,056,1581798/28
856The Cannonball RunFox$72,179,5791,692$11,765,6541,6736/19
8616TapsFox$35,856,053792$93,005312/9
8719History of the World, Part IFox$31,672,907N/A$4,792,7314846/12
8825Fort Apache, The BronxFox$29,200,000N/AN/AN/A2/6
8929Modern ProblemsFox$26,154,2111,119N/A1,11112/25
9036The Final Conflict: Omen IIIFox$20,471,382N/A$5,571,6759183/20
9176EyewitnessFox$6,400,000N/AN/AN/A2/13
9260Comin' at Ya!Filmways$12,000,000N/AN/AN/AJan
9359Blow OutFilmways$12,000,000N/AN/AN/A7/24
9410Time BanditsEmbassy$42,365,581821$6,507,35682111/6
9532Escape from New YorkEmbassy$25,244,626N/AN/AN/A7/10
9641The HowlingEmbassy$17,985,893N/AN/AN/A4/10
9743Take This Job and Shove ItEmbassy$17,569,027N/AN/AN/A5/15
9852Scanners (1981)Embassy$14,225,876N/AN/AN/A1/14
9967Carbon CopyEmbassy$9,566,593N/AN/AN/A9/25
1005StripesColumbia$85,297,000N/A$6,130,1971,0746/26
Summary of 113 Movies on Chart:
Totals:$2,290,052,401----
Averages:$20,265,950----
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