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LONGEST TIME TO REACH #1
1982-Present
(Ties are broken by release date in favor of the older movies.)

Note: This chart shows movies that took more than 2 weeks to reach #1, regardless of sorting.
RankTitle (click to view)StudioWeeks
to #1
Weekend GrossWeekendTotal Gross^Release**
1 A Fish Called Wanda MGM 10 $2,555,291 9/16/88 $62,493,712 7/15/88
2 Absence of Malice Col. 9 $3,290,111 1/15/82 $40,716,963 11/20/81
3 On Golden Pond Uni. 8 $3,853,902 1/22/82 $119,285,432 12/4/81
4 Aladdin BV 8 $15,642,073 1/01/93 $217,350,219 11/13/92
5 There's Something About Mary Fox 8 $8,810,209 9/04/98 $176,484,651 7/15/98
6 Silkwood Fox 7 $3,547,122 1/27/84 $35,615,609 12/16/83
7 Platoon Orion 7 $8,352,394 1/30/87 $138,530,565 12/19/86
8 Driving Miss Daisy WB 7 $5,705,721 1/26/90 $106,593,296 12/15/89
9 An Officer and a Gentleman Par. 6 $7,711,202 9/03/82 $129,795,554 7/30/82
10 Mr. Mom Fox 6 $6,445,106 8/26/83 $64,783,827 7/22/83
11 The Color Purple WB 6 $4,412,456 1/24/86 $94,175,854 12/20/85
12 Four Weddings and a Funeral Gram. 6 $4,162,489 4/15/94 $52,700,832 3/11/94
13 Witness Par. 5 $4,506,587 3/08/85 $68,706,993 2/8/85
14 Gran Torino WB 5 $29,484,388 1/09/09 $148,095,302 12/12/08
15 Paranormal Activity Par. 5 $21,104,070 10/23/09 $107,918,810 9/25/09
16 Sharky's Machine WB 4 $2,850,839 1/08/82 $35,610,100 12/18/81
17 Jagged Edge Col. 4 $3,216,053 10/25/85 $40,491,165 10/4/85
18 Out of Africa Uni. 4 $5,137,370 1/10/86 $87,071,205 12/20/85
19 Stand by Me Col. 4 $5,037,343 8/29/86 $52,287,414 8/8/86
20 Good Morning, Vietnam BV 4 $11,752,913 1/15/88 $123,922,370 12/25/87
21 Philadelphia TriS 4 $13,817,010 1/14/94 $77,446,440 12/24/93
22 Legends of the Fall Sony 4 $14,038,128 1/13/95 $66,638,883 12/23/94
23 Black Hawk Down SonR 4 $28,611,736 1/18/02 $108,638,745 12/28/01
24 Zero Dark Thirty Sony 4 $24,438,936 1/11/13 $95,720,716 12/19/12
25 The Money Pit Uni. 3 $3,646,200 4/11/86 $37,499,651 3/28/86
26 Colors Orion 3 $6,524,536 4/29/88 $46,616,067 4/15/88
27 Rain Man MGM 3 $14,350,610 12/30/88 $172,825,435 12/16/88
28 Christmas Vacation WB 3 $7,233,119 12/15/89 $71,319,526 12/1/89
29 Born on the Fourth of July Uni. 3 $11,023,650 1/05/90 $70,001,698 12/22/89
30 Curly Sue WB 3 $4,957,474 11/08/91 $33,691,313 10/25/91
31 Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas BV 3 $8,212,477 10/29/93 $50,003,043 10/15/93
32 The Santa Clause BV 3 $20,437,607 11/25/94 $144,833,357 11/11/94
33 Mr. Holland's Opus BV 3 $8,297,082 1/26/96 $82,569,971 12/29/95
34 A Civil Action BV 3 $15,163,484 1/08/99 $56,709,981 12/25/98
35 Wedding Crashers NL 3 $20,023,159 7/29/05 $209,255,921 7/15/05
36 The Bucket List WB 3 $19,392,416 1/11/08 $93,466,502 12/25/07
37 The Blind Side WB 3 $20,043,181 12/04/09 $255,959,475 11/20/09
38 The Princess and the Frog BV 3 $24,208,916 12/11/09 $104,400,899 11/25/09
39 True Grit Par. 3 $14,605,135 1/07/11 $171,243,005 12/22/10
40 Argo WB 3 $12,085,059 10/26/12 $136,025,503 10/12/12
41 Frozen BV 3 $31,616,230 12/06/13 $400,738,009 11/22/13
42 Lone Survivor Uni. 3 $37,849,910 1/10/14 $125,095,601 12/25/13
43 Flashdance Par. 2 $4,085,494 4/22/83 $92,921,203 4/15/83
44 A Christmas Story MGM 2 $3,935,944 11/25/83 $19,294,144 11/18/83
45 Terms of Endearment Par. 2 $3,125,453 12/02/83 $108,423,489 11/23/83
46 The Witches of Eastwick WB 2 $8,251,230 6/19/87 $63,766,510 6/12/87
47 Stakeout BV 2 $5,574,782 8/14/87 $65,673,233 8/7/87
48 Gorillas in the Mist Uni. 2 $3,451,230 9/30/88 $24,720,479 9/23/88
49 Three Fugitives BV 2 $5,477,051 2/03/89 $40,586,886 1/27/89
50 Ghost Par. 2 $12,523,295 7/20/90 $217,631,306 7/13/90
51 Dead Again Par. 2 $6,315,869 8/30/91 $38,016,380 8/23/91
52 The Fisher King TriS 2 $7,067,908 9/27/91 $41,895,491 9/20/91
53 A League of Their Own Sony 2 $11,660,303 7/10/92 $107,533,928 7/1/92
54 Dave WB 2 $8,506,834 5/14/93 $63,270,710 5/7/93
55 The Beverly Hillbillies Fox 2 $7,178,556 10/22/93 $44,029,386 10/15/93
56 With Honors WB 2 $3,741,737 5/06/94 $20,016,254 4/29/94
57 The Lion King BV 2 $40,888,194 6/24/94 $312,855,561 6/15/94
58 Pocahontas BV 2 $29,531,619 6/23/95 $141,579,773 6/16/95
59 12 Monkeys Uni. 2 $13,842,990 1/05/96 $57,141,459 12/29/95
60 A Bug's Life BV 2 $33,258,052 11/27/98 $162,798,565 11/20/98
61 Toy Story 2 BV 2 $57,388,839 11/26/99 $245,852,179 11/19/99
62 Bridget Jones's Diary Mira. 2 $10,184,136 4/20/01 $71,543,427 4/13/01
63 Road to Perdition DW 2 $15,412,515 7/19/02 $104,454,762 7/12/02
64 Elf NL 2 $26,325,613 11/14/03 $173,398,518 11/7/03
65 Madagascar DW 2 $28,110,235 6/03/05 $193,595,521 5/27/05
66 Bee Movie P/DW 2 $25,565,462 11/09/07 $126,631,277 11/2/07
67 Tangled BV 2 $21,608,891 12/03/10 $200,821,936 11/24/10
68 The Help BV 2 $20,018,659 8/19/11 $169,708,112 8/10/11
69 Dolphin Tale WB 2 $13,912,419 9/30/11 $72,286,779 9/23/11
70 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Par. 2 $29,556,629 12/23/11 $209,397,903 12/16/11
71 Safe House Uni. 2 $23,641,575 2/17/12 $126,373,434 2/10/12
72 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox 2 $21,809,249 3/14/14 $111,303,201 3/7/14

CHART NOTES
* Friday of the weekend it reached #1.
^ Total Gross does not include additional releases, if any.
** Initial release date.
Italics indicate four-day weekend.

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