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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
148The Night the Lights Went Out in GeorgiaAVCO Embassy$14,923,752N/AN/AN/A8/7
214The Fox and the HoundBuena Vista$39,900,000N/AN/AN/A7/10
326Cinderella (Re-issue) (1981)Buena Vista$28,040,000N/A$1,300,00056012/18
445The Devil and Max DevlinBuena Vista$16,000,000N/AN/AN/A2/6
582The Watcher in the WoodsBuena Vista$5,000,000N/AN/AN/A10/7
6103Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (Re-issue)Buena Vista$1,000,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
7102Herbie Goes Bananas (Re-issue)Buena Vista$1,000,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
8110Freaky Friday (Re-issue)Buena Vista$300,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
95StripesColumbia$85,297,000N/A$6,130,1971,0746/26
107Chariots of FireColumbia$58,972,904810$68,90739/25
1112Absence of MaliceColumbia$40,716,963994$97,667211/20
1231Only When I LaughColumbia$25,524,778N/AN/AN/A9/23
1389Modern RomanceColumbia$2,863,642N/A$18,22513/13
1410Time BanditsEmbassy$42,365,581821$6,507,35682111/6
1532Escape from New YorkEmbassy$25,244,626N/AN/AN/A7/10
1641The HowlingEmbassy$17,985,893N/AN/AN/A4/10
1743Take This Job and Shove ItEmbassy$17,569,027N/AN/AN/A5/15
1852Scanners (1981)Embassy$14,225,876N/AN/AN/A1/14
1967Carbon CopyEmbassy$9,566,593N/AN/AN/A9/25
2059Comin' at Ya!Filmways$12,000,000N/AN/AN/ADec
2160Blow OutFilmways$12,000,000N/AN/AN/A7/24
226The Cannonball RunFox$72,179,5791,692$11,765,6541,6736/19
2316TapsFox$35,856,053792$93,005312/9
2419History of the World, Part IFox$31,672,907N/A$4,792,7314846/12
2525Fort Apache, The BronxFox$29,200,000N/AN/AN/A2/6
2629Modern ProblemsFox$26,154,2111,119N/A1,11112/25
2736The Final Conflict: Omen IIIFox$20,471,382N/A$5,571,6759183/20
2876EyewitnessFox$6,400,000N/AN/AN/A2/13
2928Private LessonsJensen Farley$26,279,000224$1,056,1581798/28
308For Your Eyes OnlyMGM$54,812,802N/A$6,834,9679526/26
3111Clash of the Titans (1981)MGM$41,092,328N/AN/AN/A6/12
3215Tarzan, the Ape ManMGM$36,565,280N/AN/AN/A7/24
3327The French Lieutenant's WomanMGM$26,890,068N/AN/AN/A9/18
3442Eye of the NeedleMGM$17,583,634N/AN/AN/A7/24
3546CavemanMGM$15,965,924N/AN/AN/A4/17
3651Rich and FamousMGM$14,492,125N/AN/AN/A10/9
3754True ConfessionsMGM$12,850,276N/AN/AN/A9/25
3862ThiefMGM$11,492,915N/AN/AN/A3/27
3968Pennies From HeavenMGM$9,171,289N/A$520,00031512/11
4069Deadly BlessingMGM$8,279,042N/AN/AN/A8/14
4170Whose Life Is It, Anyway?MGM$8,206,145615$1,348,57661512/2
4273Buddy BuddyMGM$7,258,543248$189,00024812/11
4374La Cage aux Folles 2MGM$6,950,125N/AN/AN/A2/15
4475All the MarblesMGM$6,468,195N/AN/AN/A10/16
4580The Dogs of WarMGM$5,484,132N/AN/AN/A2/13
4687The Last MetroMGM$3,007,436N/AN/AN/A2/13
4797Cutter's WayMGM$1,729,274N/AN/AN/A3/20
4899From Mao to MozartMGM$1,205,934N/AN/AN/A4/10
49104Sunday LoversMGM$621,931N/AN/AN/A2/13
50108Man of IronMGM$492,035N/AN/AN/A11/20
511Raiders of the Lost ArkParamount$212,222,0251,078$8,305,8231,0786/12
5213RedsParamount$40,382,659644$2,325,02939612/4
5324Neighbors (1981)Paramount$29,916,2071,387$6,481,3861,38712/18
5435Friday the 13th Part 2Paramount$21,722,776N/A$6,429,7841,3504/30
5538Mommie DearestParamount$19,032,261N/AN/AN/A9/18
5639PaternityParamount$18,838,812N/AN/AN/A10/2
5750S.O.B.Paramount$14,867,086N/AN/AN/A7/1
5853DragonslayerParamount$14,110,013N/A$2,407,9398686/26
5955Atlantic CityParamount$12,729,675N/AN/AN/A4/3
6057First Monday in OctoberParamount$12,480,249N/AN/AN/A8/21
6158The Postman Always Rings TwiceParamount$12,376,625N/AN/AN/A3/20
6263RagtimeParamount$11,099,118447$151,351511/20
6364VictoryParamount$10,853,418N/AN/AN/A7/31
6477GallipoliParamount$5,732,587N/AN/AN/A8/28
6578My Bloody Valentine (1981)Paramount$5,672,031N/AN/AN/A2/11
6679Going Ape!Paramount$5,504,218N/AN/AN/A4/10
6781Student BodiesParamount$5,165,432N/A$1,582,1486288/7
6886The Fan (1981)Paramount$3,082,096N/AN/AN/A5/15
6988GasParamount$2,869,425N/AN/AN/A7/23
70100Night SchoolParamount$1,169,875N/AN/AN/A9/11
71109KellyParamount$469,777N/AN/AN/A3/20
72111Sea WolvesParamount$220,181N/AN/AN/A6/5
73112Second Hand HeartsParamount$19,450N/AN/AN/A4/24
74113Glen or GlendaParamount$10,158N/AN/AN/A5/22
752On Golden PondUniversal$119,285,4321,015$89,213212/4
769The Four SeasonsUniversal$50,427,646N/A$4,365,6436235/22
7720Bustin' LooseUniversal$31,261,269N/A$6,622,7538285/22
7821The Great Muppet CaperUniversal$31,206,251N/A$2,968,990736/26
7922Endless LoveUniversal$31,184,024N/A$4,163,6235747/17
8023An American Werewolf in LondonUniversal$30,565,292N/A$3,786,5128708/21
8130Halloween IIUniversal$25,533,818N/A$7,446,5081,21110/30
8234Ghost StoryUniversal$23,371,905600$2,105,72954812/16
8337The Incredible Shrinking WomanUniversal$20,259,961N/A$4,279,2647891/30
8447Continental DivideUniversal$15,578,237N/A$3,218,3478649/18
8549NighthawksUniversal$14,905,359N/A$2,525,3606594/10
8656The Legend of the Lone RangerUniversal$12,617,845N/A$2,945,6001,0185/22
8772The Fun HouseUniversal$7,886,857N/A$2,765,4568143/13
8883All Night LongUniversal$4,454,295N/A$1,392,8523623/6
8984The Pursuit of D.B. CooperUniversal$3,702,028N/A$1,214,76786711/13
9085Zoot SuitUniversal$3,256,082N/A$63,3565710/2
9191HeartbeepsUniversal$2,154,696N/A$407,46449312/18
9294Honky Tonk FreewayUniversal$2,004,742N/A$939,4236298/21
9395Raggedy ManUniversal$1,976,198N/A$287,0811999/18
9496King of the MountainUniversal$1,791,147N/A$958,6377035/1
9598Silence of the NorthUniversal$1,622,898N/A$344,83727210/23
96105Beyond the ReefUniversal$547,525N/AN/AN/A4/24
97106Cattle Annie and Little BritchesUniversal$534,816N/A$115,6792154/24
98107Hard CountryUniversal$534,653N/AN/AN/A5/1
993Superman IIWarner Bros.$108,185,7061,878$14,100,5231,3976/19
1004ArthurWarner Bros.$95,461,682701$2,719,5347017/17
Summary of 113 Movies on Chart:
Totals:$2,290,052,401----
Averages:$20,265,950----
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