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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
152Scanners (1981)Emb$14,225,876N/AN/AN/A1/14
237The Incredible Shrinking WomanUni.$20,259,961N/A$4,279,2647891/30
325Fort Apache, The BronxFox$29,200,000N/AN/AN/A2/6
445The Devil and Max DevlinBV$16,000,000N/AN/AN/A2/6
578My Bloody Valentine (1981)Par.$5,672,031N/AN/AN/A2/11
676EyewitnessFox$6,400,000N/AN/AN/A2/13
780The Dogs of WarMGM$5,484,132N/AN/AN/A2/13
887The Last MetroMGM$3,007,436N/AN/AN/A2/13
993SphinxWB$2,022,771N/A$439,5642142/13
10104Sunday LoversMGM$621,931N/AN/AN/A2/13
1174La Cage aux Folles 2MGM$6,950,125N/AN/AN/A2/15
1283All Night LongUni.$4,454,295N/A$1,392,8523623/6
1361Back RoadsWB$11,809,387N/A$3,046,3398053/13
1472The Fun HouseUni.$7,886,857N/A$2,765,4568143/13
1589Modern RomanceCol.$2,863,642N/A$18,22513/13
1636The Final Conflict: Omen IIIFox$20,471,382N/A$5,571,6759183/20
1758The Postman Always Rings TwicePar.$12,376,625N/AN/AN/A3/20
1897Cutter's WayMGM$1,729,274N/AN/AN/A3/20
19109KellyPar.$469,777N/AN/AN/A3/20
2062ThiefMGM$11,492,915N/AN/AN/A3/27
21101Eyes of a StrangerWB$1,118,634N/A$546,7241803/27
2255Atlantic CityPar.$12,729,675N/AN/AN/A4/3
2318ExcaliburWB$34,967,437N/A$4,519,7066924/10
2441The HowlingEmb$17,985,893N/AN/AN/A4/10
2549NighthawksUni.$14,905,359N/A$2,525,3606594/10
2679Going Ape!Par.$5,504,218N/AN/AN/A4/10
2792This Is ElvisWB$2,028,612N/A$429,1463094/10
2899From Mao to MozartMGM$1,205,934N/AN/AN/A4/10
2946CavemanMGM$15,965,924N/AN/AN/A4/17
3090The HandWB$2,447,576N/A$566,7361834/24
31105Beyond the ReefUni.$547,525N/AN/AN/A4/24
32106Cattle Annie and Little BritchesUni.$534,816N/A$115,6792154/24
33112Second Hand HeartsPar.$19,450N/AN/AN/A4/24
3435Friday the 13th Part 2Par.$21,722,776N/A$6,429,7841,3504/30
3596King of the MountainUni.$1,791,147N/A$958,6377035/1
36107Hard CountryUni.$534,653N/AN/AN/A5/1
3743Take This Job and Shove ItEmb$17,569,027N/AN/AN/A5/15
3886The Fan (1981)Par.$3,082,096N/AN/AN/A5/15
399The Four SeasonsUni.$50,427,646N/A$4,365,6436235/22
4020Bustin' LooseUni.$31,261,269N/A$6,622,7538285/22
4144OutlandWB$17,374,595N/A$3,059,6383315/22
4256The Legend of the Lone RangerUni.$12,617,845N/A$2,945,6001,0185/22
43113Glen or GlendaPar.$10,158N/AN/AN/A5/22
4459Comin' at Ya!Film$12,000,000N/AN/AN/ADec
45111Sea WolvesPar.$220,181N/AN/AN/A6/5
461Raiders of the Lost ArkPar.$212,222,0251,078$8,305,8231,0786/12
4711Clash of the Titans (1981)MGM$41,092,328N/AN/AN/A6/12
4819History of the World, Part IFox$31,672,907N/A$4,792,7314846/12
49102Herbie Goes Bananas (Re-issue)BV$1,000,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
50103Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (Re-issue)BV$1,000,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
51110Freaky Friday (Re-issue)BV$300,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
523Superman IIWB$108,185,7061,878$14,100,5231,3976/19
536The Cannonball RunFox$72,179,5791,692$11,765,6541,6736/19
545StripesCol.$85,297,000N/A$6,130,1971,0746/26
558For Your Eyes OnlyMGM$54,812,802N/A$6,834,9679526/26
5621The Great Muppet CaperUni.$31,206,251N/A$2,968,990736/26
5753DragonslayerPar.$14,110,013N/A$2,407,9398686/26
5850S.O.B.Par.$14,867,086N/AN/AN/A7/1
5914The Fox and the HoundBV$39,900,000N/AN/AN/A7/10
6032Escape from New YorkEmb$25,244,626N/AN/AN/A7/10
614ArthurWB$95,461,682701$2,719,5347017/17
6222Endless LoveUni.$31,184,024N/A$4,163,6235747/17
6388GasPar.$2,869,425N/AN/AN/A7/23
6415Tarzan, the Ape ManMGM$36,565,280N/AN/AN/A7/24
6542Eye of the NeedleMGM$17,583,634N/AN/AN/A7/24
6660Blow OutFilm$12,000,000N/AN/AN/A7/24
6766WolfenWB$10,626,725N/A$3,037,9119677/24
6840Under the RainbowWB$18,826,490N/A$2,297,4934887/31
6964VictoryPar.$10,853,418N/AN/AN/A7/31
7048The Night the Lights Went Out in GeorgiaAVCO$14,923,752N/AN/AN/A8/7
7181Student BodiesPar.$5,165,432N/A$1,582,1486288/7
7269Deadly BlessingMGM$8,279,042N/AN/AN/A8/14
7371Prince of the CityWB$8,124,257N/A$64,71338/19
7423An American Werewolf in LondonUni.$30,565,292N/A$3,786,5128708/21
7557First Monday in OctoberPar.$12,480,249N/AN/AN/A8/21
7694Honky Tonk FreewayUni.$2,004,742N/A$939,4236298/21
7728Private LessonsJenF$26,279,000224$1,056,1581798/28
7833Body HeatWB$24,058,838N/A$564,593348/28
7977GallipoliPar.$5,732,587N/AN/AN/A8/28
80100Night SchoolPar.$1,169,875N/AN/AN/A9/11
8127The French Lieutenant's WomanMGM$26,890,068N/AN/AN/A9/18
8238Mommie DearestPar.$19,032,261N/AN/AN/A9/18
8347Continental DivideUni.$15,578,237N/A$3,218,3478649/18
8495Raggedy ManUni.$1,976,198N/A$287,0811999/18
8531Only When I LaughCol.$25,524,778N/AN/AN/A9/23
867Chariots of FireCol.$58,972,904810$68,90739/25
8754True ConfessionsMGM$12,850,276N/AN/AN/A9/25
8867Carbon CopyEmb$9,566,593N/AN/AN/A9/25
8939PaternityPar.$18,838,812N/AN/AN/A10/2
9085Zoot SuitUni.$3,256,082N/A$63,3565710/2
9182The Watcher in the WoodsBV$5,000,000N/AN/AN/A10/7
9251Rich and FamousMGM$14,492,125N/AN/AN/A10/9
9375All the MarblesMGM$6,468,195N/AN/AN/A10/16
9498Silence of the NorthUni.$1,622,898N/A$344,83727210/23
9530Halloween IIUni.$25,533,818N/A$7,446,5081,21110/30
9610Time BanditsEmb$42,365,581821$6,507,35682111/6
9784The Pursuit of D.B. CooperUni.$3,702,028N/A$1,214,76786711/13
9812Absence of MaliceCol.$40,716,963994$97,667211/20
9963RagtimePar.$11,099,118447$151,351511/20
100108Man of IronMGM$492,035N/AN/AN/A11/20
Summary of 113 Movies on Chart:
Totals:$2,290,052,401----
Averages:$20,265,950----
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