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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
112Absence of MaliceCol.$40,716,963994$97,667211/20
283All Night LongUni.$4,454,295N/A$1,392,8523623/6
375All the MarblesMGM$6,468,195N/AN/AN/A10/16
423An American Werewolf in LondonUni.$30,565,292N/A$3,786,5128708/21
54ArthurWB$95,461,682701$2,719,5347017/17
655Atlantic CityPar.$12,729,675N/AN/AN/A4/3
761Back RoadsWB$11,809,387N/A$3,046,3398053/13
8105Beyond the ReefUni.$547,525N/AN/AN/A4/24
960Blow OutFilm$12,000,000N/AN/AN/A7/24
1033Body HeatWB$24,058,838N/A$564,593348/28
1173Buddy BuddyMGM$7,258,543248$189,00024812/11
1220Bustin' LooseUni.$31,261,269N/A$6,622,7538285/22
136The Cannonball RunFox$72,179,5791,692$11,765,6541,6736/19
1467Carbon CopyEmb$9,566,593N/AN/AN/A9/25
15106Cattle Annie and Little BritchesUni.$534,816N/A$115,6792154/24
1646CavemanMGM$15,965,924N/AN/AN/A4/17
177Chariots of FireCol.$58,972,904810$68,90739/25
1826Cinderella (Re-issue) (1981)BV$28,040,000N/A$1,300,00056012/18
1911Clash of the Titans (1981)MGM$41,092,328N/AN/AN/A6/12
2059Comin' at Ya!Film$12,000,000N/AN/AN/ADec
2147Continental DivideUni.$15,578,237N/A$3,218,3478649/18
2297Cutter's WayMGM$1,729,274N/AN/AN/A3/20
2369Deadly BlessingMGM$8,279,042N/AN/AN/A8/14
2445The Devil and Max DevlinBV$16,000,000N/AN/AN/A2/6
2580The Dogs of WarMGM$5,484,132N/AN/AN/A2/13
2653DragonslayerPar.$14,110,013N/A$2,407,9398686/26
2722Endless LoveUni.$31,184,024N/A$4,163,6235747/17
2832Escape from New YorkEmb$25,244,626N/AN/AN/A7/10
2918ExcaliburWB$34,967,437N/A$4,519,7066924/10
3042Eye of the NeedleMGM$17,583,634N/AN/AN/A7/24
31101Eyes of a StrangerWB$1,118,634N/A$546,7241803/27
3276EyewitnessFox$6,400,000N/AN/AN/A2/13
3386The Fan (1981)Par.$3,082,096N/AN/AN/A5/15
3436The Final Conflict: Omen IIIFox$20,471,382N/A$5,571,6759183/20
3557First Monday in OctoberPar.$12,480,249N/AN/AN/A8/21
368For Your Eyes OnlyMGM$54,812,802N/A$6,834,9679526/26
3725Fort Apache, The BronxFox$29,200,000N/AN/AN/A2/6
389The Four SeasonsUni.$50,427,646N/A$4,365,6436235/22
3914The Fox and the HoundBV$39,900,000N/AN/AN/A7/10
40110Freaky Friday (Re-issue)BV$300,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
4127The French Lieutenant's WomanMGM$26,890,068N/AN/AN/A9/18
4235Friday the 13th Part 2Par.$21,722,776N/A$6,429,7841,3504/30
4399From Mao to MozartMGM$1,205,934N/AN/AN/A4/10
4472The Fun HouseUni.$7,886,857N/A$2,765,4568143/13
4577GallipoliPar.$5,732,587N/AN/AN/A8/28
4688GasPar.$2,869,425N/AN/AN/A7/23
4734Ghost StoryUni.$23,371,905600$2,105,72954812/16
48113Glen or GlendaPar.$10,158N/AN/AN/A5/22
4979Going Ape!Par.$5,504,218N/AN/AN/A4/10
5021The Great Muppet CaperUni.$31,206,251N/A$2,968,990736/26
5130Halloween IIUni.$25,533,818N/A$7,446,5081,21110/30
5290The HandWB$2,447,576N/A$566,7361834/24
53107Hard CountryUni.$534,653N/AN/AN/A5/1
5491HeartbeepsUni.$2,154,696N/A$407,46449312/18
55102Herbie Goes Bananas (Re-issue)BV$1,000,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
56103Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (Re-issue)BV$1,000,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
5719History of the World, Part IFox$31,672,907N/A$4,792,7314846/12
5894Honky Tonk FreewayUni.$2,004,742N/A$939,4236298/21
5941The HowlingEmb$17,985,893N/AN/AN/A4/10
6037The Incredible Shrinking WomanUni.$20,259,961N/A$4,279,2647891/30
61109KellyPar.$469,777N/AN/AN/A3/20
6296King of the MountainUni.$1,791,147N/A$958,6377035/1
6374La Cage aux Folles 2MGM$6,950,125N/AN/AN/A2/15
6487The Last MetroMGM$3,007,436N/AN/AN/A2/13
6556The Legend of the Lone RangerUni.$12,617,845N/A$2,945,6001,0185/22
66108Man of IronMGM$492,035N/AN/AN/A11/20
6729Modern ProblemsFox$26,154,2111,119N/A1,11112/25
6889Modern RomanceCol.$2,863,642N/A$18,22513/13
6938Mommie DearestPar.$19,032,261N/AN/AN/A9/18
7078My Bloody Valentine (1981)Par.$5,672,031N/AN/AN/A2/11
7124Neighbors (1981)Par.$29,916,2071,387$6,481,3861,38712/18
72100Night SchoolPar.$1,169,875N/AN/AN/A9/11
7348The Night the Lights Went Out in GeorgiaAVCO$14,923,752N/AN/AN/A8/7
7449NighthawksUni.$14,905,359N/A$2,525,3606594/10
752On Golden PondUni.$119,285,4321,015$89,213212/4
7631Only When I LaughCol.$25,524,778N/AN/AN/A9/23
7744OutlandWB$17,374,595N/A$3,059,6383315/22
7839PaternityPar.$18,838,812N/AN/AN/A10/2
7968Pennies From HeavenMGM$9,171,289N/A$520,00031512/11
8058The Postman Always Rings TwicePar.$12,376,625N/AN/AN/A3/20
8171Prince of the CityWB$8,124,257N/A$64,71338/19
8228Private LessonsJenF$26,279,000224$1,056,1581798/28
8384The Pursuit of D.B. CooperUni.$3,702,028N/A$1,214,76786711/13
8495Raggedy ManUni.$1,976,198N/A$287,0811999/18
8563RagtimePar.$11,099,118447$151,351511/20
861Raiders of the Lost ArkPar.$212,222,0251,078$8,305,8231,0786/12
8713RedsPar.$40,382,659644$2,325,02939612/4
8851Rich and FamousMGM$14,492,125N/AN/AN/A10/9
8965RolloverWB$10,851,261755$2,260,68975512/11
9050S.O.B.Par.$14,867,086N/AN/AN/A7/1
9152Scanners (1981)Emb$14,225,876N/AN/AN/A1/14
92111Sea WolvesPar.$220,181N/AN/AN/A6/5
93112Second Hand HeartsPar.$19,450N/AN/AN/A4/24
9417Sharky's MachineWB$35,610,1001,388$3,022,0411,38812/18
9598Silence of the NorthUni.$1,622,898N/A$344,83727210/23
9693SphinxWB$2,022,771N/A$439,5642142/13
975StripesCol.$85,297,000N/A$6,130,1971,0746/26
9881Student BodiesPar.$5,165,432N/A$1,582,1486288/7
99104Sunday LoversMGM$621,931N/AN/AN/A2/13
1003Superman IIWB$108,185,7061,878$14,100,5231,3976/19
Summary of 113 Movies on Chart:
Totals:$2,290,052,401----
Averages:$20,265,950----
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