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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
111Clash of the Titans (1981)MGM$41,092,328N/AN/AN/A6/12
214The Fox and the HoundBV$39,900,000N/AN/AN/A7/10
315Tarzan, the Ape ManMGM$36,565,280N/AN/AN/A7/24
425Fort Apache, The BronxFox$29,200,000N/AN/AN/A2/6
527The French Lieutenant's WomanMGM$26,890,068N/AN/AN/A9/18
631Only When I LaughCol.$25,524,778N/AN/AN/A9/23
732Escape from New YorkEmb$25,244,626N/AN/AN/A7/10
838Mommie DearestPar.$19,032,261N/AN/AN/A9/18
939PaternityPar.$18,838,812N/AN/AN/A10/2
1041The HowlingEmb$17,985,893N/AN/AN/A4/10
1142Eye of the NeedleMGM$17,583,634N/AN/AN/A7/24
1243Take This Job and Shove ItEmb$17,569,027N/AN/AN/A5/15
1345The Devil and Max DevlinBV$16,000,000N/AN/AN/A2/6
1446CavemanMGM$15,965,924N/AN/AN/A4/17
1548The Night the Lights Went Out in GeorgiaAVCO$14,923,752N/AN/AN/A8/7
1650S.O.B.Par.$14,867,086N/AN/AN/A7/1
1751Rich and FamousMGM$14,492,125N/AN/AN/A10/9
1852Scanners (1981)Emb$14,225,876N/AN/AN/A1/14
1954True ConfessionsMGM$12,850,276N/AN/AN/A9/25
2055Atlantic CityPar.$12,729,675N/AN/AN/A4/3
2157First Monday in OctoberPar.$12,480,249N/AN/AN/A8/21
2258The Postman Always Rings TwicePar.$12,376,625N/AN/AN/A3/20
2360Blow OutFilm$12,000,000N/AN/AN/A7/24
2459Comin' at Ya!Film$12,000,000N/AN/AN/ADec
2562ThiefMGM$11,492,915N/AN/AN/A3/27
2664VictoryPar.$10,853,418N/AN/AN/A7/31
2767Carbon CopyEmb$9,566,593N/AN/AN/A9/25
2869Deadly BlessingMGM$8,279,042N/AN/AN/A8/14
2974La Cage aux Folles 2MGM$6,950,125N/AN/AN/A2/15
3075All the MarblesMGM$6,468,195N/AN/AN/A10/16
3176EyewitnessFox$6,400,000N/AN/AN/A2/13
3277GallipoliPar.$5,732,587N/AN/AN/A8/28
3378My Bloody Valentine (1981)Par.$5,672,031N/AN/AN/A2/11
3479Going Ape!Par.$5,504,218N/AN/AN/A4/10
3580The Dogs of WarMGM$5,484,132N/AN/AN/A2/13
3682The Watcher in the WoodsBV$5,000,000N/AN/AN/A10/7
3786The Fan (1981)Par.$3,082,096N/AN/AN/A5/15
3887The Last MetroMGM$3,007,436N/AN/AN/A2/13
3988GasPar.$2,869,425N/AN/AN/A7/23
4097Cutter's WayMGM$1,729,274N/AN/AN/A3/20
4199From Mao to MozartMGM$1,205,934N/AN/AN/A4/10
42100Night SchoolPar.$1,169,875N/AN/AN/A9/11
43103Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (Re-issue)BV$1,000,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
44102Herbie Goes Bananas (Re-issue)BV$1,000,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
45104Sunday LoversMGM$621,931N/AN/AN/A2/13
46105Beyond the ReefUni.$547,525N/AN/AN/A4/24
47107Hard CountryUni.$534,653N/AN/AN/A5/1
48108Man of IronMGM$492,035N/AN/AN/A11/20
49109KellyPar.$469,777N/AN/AN/A3/20
50110Freaky Friday (Re-issue)BV$300,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
51111Sea WolvesPar.$220,181N/AN/AN/A6/5
52112Second Hand HeartsPar.$19,450N/AN/AN/A4/24
53113Glen or GlendaPar.$10,158N/AN/AN/A5/22
5489Modern RomanceCol.$2,863,642N/A$18,22513/13
552On Golden PondUni.$119,285,4321,015$89,213212/4
5612Absence of MaliceCol.$40,716,963994$97,667211/20
577Chariots of FireCol.$58,972,904810$68,90739/25
5816TapsFox$35,856,053792$93,005312/9
5971Prince of the CityWB$8,124,257N/A$64,71338/19
6063RagtimePar.$11,099,118447$151,351511/20
6133Body HeatWB$24,058,838N/A$564,593348/28
6285Zoot SuitUni.$3,256,082N/A$63,3565710/2
6321The Great Muppet CaperUni.$31,206,251N/A$2,968,990736/26
6428Private LessonsJenF$26,279,000224$1,056,1581798/28
65101Eyes of a StrangerWB$1,118,634N/A$546,7241803/27
6690The HandWB$2,447,576N/A$566,7361834/24
6795Raggedy ManUni.$1,976,198N/A$287,0811999/18
6893SphinxWB$2,022,771N/A$439,5642142/13
69106Cattle Annie and Little BritchesUni.$534,816N/A$115,6792154/24
7073Buddy BuddyMGM$7,258,543248$189,00024812/11
7198Silence of the NorthUni.$1,622,898N/A$344,83727210/23
7292This Is ElvisWB$2,028,612N/A$429,1463094/10
7368Pennies From HeavenMGM$9,171,289N/A$520,00031512/11
7444OutlandWB$17,374,595N/A$3,059,6383315/22
7583All Night LongUni.$4,454,295N/A$1,392,8523623/6
7613RedsPar.$40,382,659644$2,325,02939612/4
7719History of the World, Part IFox$31,672,907N/A$4,792,7314846/12
7840Under the RainbowWB$18,826,490N/A$2,297,4934887/31
7991HeartbeepsUni.$2,154,696N/A$407,46449312/18
8034Ghost StoryUni.$23,371,905600$2,105,72954812/16
8126Cinderella (Re-issue) (1981)BV$28,040,000N/A$1,300,00056012/18
8222Endless LoveUni.$31,184,024N/A$4,163,6235747/17
8370Whose Life Is It, Anyway?MGM$8,206,145615$1,348,57661512/2
849The Four SeasonsUni.$50,427,646N/A$4,365,6436235/22
8581Student BodiesPar.$5,165,432N/A$1,582,1486288/7
8694Honky Tonk FreewayUni.$2,004,742N/A$939,4236298/21
8749NighthawksUni.$14,905,359N/A$2,525,3606594/10
8818ExcaliburWB$34,967,437N/A$4,519,7066924/10
894ArthurWB$95,461,682701$2,719,5347017/17
9096King of the MountainUni.$1,791,147N/A$958,6377035/1
9165RolloverWB$10,851,261755$2,260,68975512/11
9237The Incredible Shrinking WomanUni.$20,259,961N/A$4,279,2647891/30
9361Back RoadsWB$11,809,387N/A$3,046,3398053/13
9472The Fun HouseUni.$7,886,857N/A$2,765,4568143/13
9510Time BanditsEmb$42,365,581821$6,507,35682111/6
9620Bustin' LooseUni.$31,261,269N/A$6,622,7538285/22
9747Continental DivideUni.$15,578,237N/A$3,218,3478649/18
9884The Pursuit of D.B. CooperUni.$3,702,028N/A$1,214,76786711/13
9953DragonslayerPar.$14,110,013N/A$2,407,9398686/26
10023An American Werewolf in LondonUni.$30,565,292N/A$3,786,5128708/21
Summary of 113 Movies on Chart:
Totals:$2,290,052,401----
Averages:$20,265,950----
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