Domestic Box Office For 1981

RankRelease GrossTheatersTotal GrossRelease DateDistributor
1Superman II$108,185,7061,878$108,185,706Jun 19Warner Bros.
2Stripes$85,297,0001,074$85,297,000Jun 26Columbia Pictures
3The Cannonball Run$72,179,5791,692$72,179,579Jun 19Twentieth Century Fox
4For Your Eyes Only$54,812,802952$54,812,802Jun 26Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
5The Four Seasons$50,427,646623$50,427,646May 22Universal Pictures
6Excalibur$34,967,437692$34,967,437Apr 10Warner Bros.
7History of the World: Part I$31,672,907484$31,672,907Jun 12Twentieth Century Fox
8Bustin' Loose$31,261,269828$31,261,269May 22Universal Pictures
9The Great Muppet Caper$31,206,25173$31,206,251Jun 26Universal Pictures
10Endless Love$31,184,024574$31,184,024Jul 17Universal Pictures
11An American Werewolf in London$30,565,292870$30,565,292Aug 21Universal Pictures
12Halloween II$25,533,8181,211$25,533,818Oct 30Universal Pictures
13Body Heat$24,058,83834$24,058,838Aug 28Warner Bros.
14Raiders of the Lost Ark$21,861,9101,078$212,222,025Jun 12Paramount Pictures
15Friday the 13th Part 2$21,722,7761,350$21,722,776Apr 30Paramount Pictures
16The Final Conflict$20,471,382918$20,471,382Mar 20Twentieth Century Fox
17The Incredible Shrinking Woman$20,259,961789$20,259,961Jan 30Universal Pictures
18Under the Rainbow$18,826,490488$18,826,490Jul 31Warner Bros.
19Outland$17,374,595331$17,374,595May 22Warner Bros.
20Continental Divide$15,578,237864$15,578,237Sep 18Universal Pictures
21Nighthawks$14,905,359659$14,905,359Apr 10Universal Pictures
22Dragonslayer$14,110,013868$14,110,013Jun 26Paramount Pictures
23The Legend of the Lone Ranger$12,617,8451,018$12,617,845May 22Universal Pictures
24Back Roads$11,809,387805$11,809,387Mar 13Warner Bros.
25Wolfen$10,626,725967$10,626,725Jul 24Warner Bros.
26Time Bandits$9,296,223821$42,365,581Nov 6Embassy Pictures
27Neighbors$9,259,1221,387$29,916,207Dec 18Columbia Pictures
28Prince of the City$8,124,2573$8,124,257Aug 19Warner Bros.
29The Funhouse$7,886,857814$7,886,857Mar 13Universal Pictures
30Modern Problems$6,797,6721,119$26,154,211Dec 25Twentieth Century Fox
31Student Bodies$5,165,432628$5,165,432Aug 7Paramount Pictures
32All Night Long$4,454,295362$4,454,295Mar 6Universal Pictures
33Sharky's Machine$4,317,2011,388$35,610,100Dec 18Warner Bros.
34Absence of Malice$3,897,187994$40,716,963Nov 20Columbia Pictures
35Reds$3,875,048644$40,382,659Dec 4Paramount Pictures
36The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper$3,702,028867$3,702,028Nov 13Universal Pictures
37Arthur$3,626,046701$95,461,682Jul 17Warner Bros.
38Taps$3,401,281792$35,856,053Dec 9Twentieth Century Fox
39Ghost Story$3,283,067600$23,371,905Dec 16Universal Pictures
40Zoot Suit$3,256,08257$3,256,082Oct 2Universal Pictures
41Rollover$3,229,556755$10,851,261Dec 11Warner Bros.
42Modern Romance$2,863,6421$2,863,642Mar 13Columbia Pictures
43The Hand$2,447,576183$2,447,576Apr 24Warner Bros.
44Heartbeeps$2,154,696493$2,154,696Dec 18Universal Pictures
45This Is Elvis$2,028,612309$2,028,612Apr 10Warner Bros.
46Sphinx$2,022,771214$2,022,771Feb 13Warner Bros.
47Honky Tonk Freeway$2,004,742629$2,004,742Aug 21Universal Pictures
48Raggedy Man$1,976,198199$1,976,198Sep 18Universal Pictures
49King of the Mountain$1,791,147703$1,791,147May 1Universal Pictures
50Cinderella
1981 Re-release
$1,733,3341,050$28,040,000Dec 18-
51Silence of the North$1,622,898272$1,622,898Oct 23Universal Pictures
52Eyes of a Stranger$1,118,634180$1,118,634Mar 27Warner Bros.
53On Golden Pond$564,8241,015$119,285,432Dec 4Universal Pictures
54Cattle Annie and Little Britches$534,816215$534,816Apr 24Universal Pictures
55Ragtime$252,251447$14,920,781Nov 20Paramount Pictures
56Chariots of Fire$106,011810$58,972,904Sep 25Columbia Pictures