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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
15StripesCol.$85,297,000N/A$6,130,1971,0746/26
28For Your Eyes OnlyMGM$54,812,802N/A$6,834,9679526/26
39The Four SeasonsUni.$50,427,646N/A$4,365,6436235/22
411Clash of the Titans (1981)MGM$41,092,328N/AN/AN/A6/12
514The Fox and the HoundBV$39,900,000N/AN/AN/A7/10
615Tarzan, the Ape ManMGM$36,565,280N/AN/AN/A7/24
718ExcaliburWB$34,967,437N/A$4,519,7066924/10
819History of the World, Part IFox$31,672,907N/A$4,792,7314846/12
920Bustin' LooseUni.$31,261,269N/A$6,622,7538285/22
1021The Great Muppet CaperUni.$31,206,251N/A$2,968,990736/26
1122Endless LoveUni.$31,184,024N/A$4,163,6235747/17
1223An American Werewolf in LondonUni.$30,565,292N/A$3,786,5128708/21
1325Fort Apache, The BronxFox$29,200,000N/AN/AN/A2/6
1426Cinderella (Re-issue) (1981)BV$28,040,000N/A$1,300,00056012/18
1527The French Lieutenant's WomanMGM$26,890,068N/AN/AN/A9/18
1630Halloween IIUni.$25,533,818N/A$7,446,5081,21110/30
1731Only When I LaughCol.$25,524,778N/AN/AN/A9/23
1832Escape from New YorkEmb$25,244,626N/AN/AN/A7/10
1933Body HeatWB$24,058,838N/A$564,593348/28
2035Friday the 13th Part 2Par.$21,722,776N/A$6,429,7841,3504/30
2136The Final Conflict: Omen IIIFox$20,471,382N/A$5,571,6759183/20
2237The Incredible Shrinking WomanUni.$20,259,961N/A$4,279,2647891/30
2338Mommie DearestPar.$19,032,261N/AN/AN/A9/18
2439PaternityPar.$18,838,812N/AN/AN/A10/2
2540Under the RainbowWB$18,826,490N/A$2,297,4934887/31
2641The HowlingEmb$17,985,893N/AN/AN/A4/10
2742Eye of the NeedleMGM$17,583,634N/AN/AN/A7/24
2843Take This Job and Shove ItEmb$17,569,027N/AN/AN/A5/15
2944OutlandWB$17,374,595N/A$3,059,6383315/22
3045The Devil and Max DevlinBV$16,000,000N/AN/AN/A2/6
3146CavemanMGM$15,965,924N/AN/AN/A4/17
3247Continental DivideUni.$15,578,237N/A$3,218,3478649/18
3348The Night the Lights Went Out in GeorgiaAVCO$14,923,752N/AN/AN/A8/7
3449NighthawksUni.$14,905,359N/A$2,525,3606594/10
3550S.O.B.Par.$14,867,086N/AN/AN/A7/1
3651Rich and FamousMGM$14,492,125N/AN/AN/A10/9
3752Scanners (1981)Emb$14,225,876N/AN/AN/A1/14
3853DragonslayerPar.$14,110,013N/A$2,407,9398686/26
3954True ConfessionsMGM$12,850,276N/AN/AN/A9/25
4055Atlantic CityPar.$12,729,675N/AN/AN/A4/3
4156The Legend of the Lone RangerUni.$12,617,845N/A$2,945,6001,0185/22
4257First Monday in OctoberPar.$12,480,249N/AN/AN/A8/21
4358The Postman Always Rings TwicePar.$12,376,625N/AN/AN/A3/20
4460Blow OutFilm$12,000,000N/AN/AN/A7/24
4559Comin' at Ya!Film$12,000,000N/AN/AN/ADec
4661Back RoadsWB$11,809,387N/A$3,046,3398053/13
4762ThiefMGM$11,492,915N/AN/AN/A3/27
4864VictoryPar.$10,853,418N/AN/AN/A7/31
4966WolfenWB$10,626,725N/A$3,037,9119677/24
5067Carbon CopyEmb$9,566,593N/AN/AN/A9/25
5168Pennies From HeavenMGM$9,171,289N/A$520,00031512/11
5269Deadly BlessingMGM$8,279,042N/AN/AN/A8/14
5371Prince of the CityWB$8,124,257N/A$64,71338/19
5472The Fun HouseUni.$7,886,857N/A$2,765,4568143/13
5574La Cage aux Folles 2MGM$6,950,125N/AN/AN/A2/15
5675All the MarblesMGM$6,468,195N/AN/AN/A10/16
5776EyewitnessFox$6,400,000N/AN/AN/A2/13
5877GallipoliPar.$5,732,587N/AN/AN/A8/28
5978My Bloody Valentine (1981)Par.$5,672,031N/AN/AN/A2/11
6079Going Ape!Par.$5,504,218N/AN/AN/A4/10
6180The Dogs of WarMGM$5,484,132N/AN/AN/A2/13
6281Student BodiesPar.$5,165,432N/A$1,582,1486288/7
6382The Watcher in the WoodsBV$5,000,000N/AN/AN/A10/7
6483All Night LongUni.$4,454,295N/A$1,392,8523623/6
6584The Pursuit of D.B. CooperUni.$3,702,028N/A$1,214,76786711/13
6685Zoot SuitUni.$3,256,082N/A$63,3565710/2
6786The Fan (1981)Par.$3,082,096N/AN/AN/A5/15
6887The Last MetroMGM$3,007,436N/AN/AN/A2/13
6988GasPar.$2,869,425N/AN/AN/A7/23
7089Modern RomanceCol.$2,863,642N/A$18,22513/13
7190The HandWB$2,447,576N/A$566,7361834/24
7291HeartbeepsUni.$2,154,696N/A$407,46449312/18
7392This Is ElvisWB$2,028,612N/A$429,1463094/10
7493SphinxWB$2,022,771N/A$439,5642142/13
7594Honky Tonk FreewayUni.$2,004,742N/A$939,4236298/21
7695Raggedy ManUni.$1,976,198N/A$287,0811999/18
7796King of the MountainUni.$1,791,147N/A$958,6377035/1
7897Cutter's WayMGM$1,729,274N/AN/AN/A3/20
7998Silence of the NorthUni.$1,622,898N/A$344,83727210/23
8099From Mao to MozartMGM$1,205,934N/AN/AN/A4/10
81100Night SchoolPar.$1,169,875N/AN/AN/A9/11
82101Eyes of a StrangerWB$1,118,634N/A$546,7241803/27
83102Herbie Goes Bananas (Re-issue)BV$1,000,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
84103Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (Re-issue)BV$1,000,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
85104Sunday LoversMGM$621,931N/AN/AN/A2/13
86105Beyond the ReefUni.$547,525N/AN/AN/A4/24
87106Cattle Annie and Little BritchesUni.$534,816N/A$115,6792154/24
88107Hard CountryUni.$534,653N/AN/AN/A5/1
89108Man of IronMGM$492,035N/AN/AN/A11/20
90109KellyPar.$469,777N/AN/AN/A3/20
91110Freaky Friday (Re-issue)BV$300,000N/AN/AN/A6/12
92111Sea WolvesPar.$220,181N/AN/AN/A6/5
93112Second Hand HeartsPar.$19,450N/AN/AN/A4/24
94113Glen or GlendaPar.$10,158N/AN/AN/A5/22
9528Private LessonsJenF$26,279,000224$1,056,1581798/28
9673Buddy BuddyMGM$7,258,543248$189,00024812/11
9763RagtimePar.$11,099,118447$151,351511/20
9834Ghost StoryUni.$23,371,905600$2,105,72954812/16
9970Whose Life Is It, Anyway?MGM$8,206,145615$1,348,57661512/2
10013RedsPar.$40,382,659644$2,325,02939612/4
Summary of 113 Movies on Chart:
Totals:$2,290,052,401----
Averages:$20,265,950----
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