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Alien (1979)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $80,930,630Details
International Box Office $122,700,000Details
Worldwide Box Office $203,630,630
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
97% - Certified Fresh
Audience
94% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$9,000,000
Domestic Releases: May 25th, 1979 (Wide) by 20th Century Fox
October 29th, 2003 (Limited) by 20th Century Fox
International Releases: October 31st, 2003 (Limited), released as Alien (Re: 2014) (United Kingdom)
Video Release: December 7th, 1992 by Fox Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 117 minutes
Franchise: Alien
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Keywords: Visual Effects, Parasite
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Horror
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Production Companies: Twentieth Century Fox
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 20th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 180 $286,282 Oct 5, 1979 136
Biggest 19th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 167 $393,452 Sep 28, 1979 129
Biggest 18th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 152 $540,887 Sep 21, 1979 122
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 184 $485,711 Sep 14, 1979 115
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 169 $649,505 Sep 7, 1979 108
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 137 $1,049,075 Aug 31, 1979 101
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 172 $957,284 Aug 24, 1979 94
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 200 $993,340 Aug 17, 1979 87
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 188 $1,301,922 Aug 10, 1979 80
Fastest Movies to Earn $50 Million at the Domestic Box Office 1,352 $50,790,764 Aug 3, 1979 77
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 194 $1,533,612 Aug 3, 1979 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 213 $1,816,627 Jul 27, 1979 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 244 $2,246,329 Jul 20, 1979 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 281 $2,777,042 Jul 13, 1979 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 328 $3,391,197 Jul 6, 1979 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 316 $4,560,137 Jun 29, 1979 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 441 $5,312,945 Jun 22, 1979 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,944 $2,240,772 Jun 15, 1979 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,410 $2,669,177 Jun 8, 1979 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,405 $2,192,025 Jun 1, 1979 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 3,389 $3,522,581 May 25, 1979 3

Cast

   Dallas
   Ripley
Veronica Cartwright    Lambert
Harry Dean Stanton    Brett
John Hurt    Kane
Ian Holm    Ash
Yaphet Kotto    Parker
Helen Horton    Voice of Mother

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Dan O'Bannon
Story Creator    Dan O'Bannon
Story Creator    Ronald Shusett
Composer    Jerry Goldsmith
Producer    Gordon Carroll
Producer    David Giler
Producer    Walter Hill
Executive Producer    Ronald Shusett
Associate Producer    Ivor Powell
Assistant Director    Paul Ibbetson
Production Manager    Garth Thomas
Production Designer    Michael Seymour
Art Director    Les Dilley
Art Director    Roger Christian
Set Decorator    Ian Whittaker
Visual Consultant    Dan O'Bannon
Director of Photography    Derek Vanlint
Director of Photography    Denys Ayling
Special Effects    H.R. Giger
Special Effects    Carlo Rambaldi
Special Effects Supervisor    Brian Johnson, Jr.
Special Effects Supervisor    Nick Allder
Costume Designer    John Mollo
Costume Supervisor    Tiny Nicholls
Editor    Terry Rawlings
Editor    Peter Weatherley
Sound Mixer    Derrick Leather
Re-recording Mixer    Bill Rowe
Sound Editor    Jim Shields
Dialogue Editor    Bryan Tilling
Music Editor    Bob Hathaway
Make up    Tommy Manderson
Casting Director    Mary Goldberg
Casting Director    Mary Selway
Stunt Coordinator    Roy Scammel

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2010 - Holiday Gift Guide - Part II

December 2nd, 2010

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Featured Blu-ray Review: Alien Anthology

November 4th, 2010

It has been just over 30 years since the first Alien hit theaters and around seven years since the franchise Box Set came out on DVD. Because these films have been released, and re-released, and then released again, this review will be less about the movies, and more about the Blu-ray and whether or not it is worth the upgrade. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1979/05/25 1 $3,522,581   91 $38,710   $3,522,581 3
1979/06/01 1 $2,192,025 -38% 91 $24,088   $6,950,663 10
1979/06/08 1 $2,669,177 +22% 132 $20,221   $11,051,322 17
1979/06/15 2 $2,240,772 -16% 148 $15,140   $14,923,670 24
1979/06/22 1 $5,312,945 +137% 635 $8,367   $21,778,983 31
1979/06/29 2 $4,560,137 -14% 745 $6,121   $29,338,183 38
1979/07/06 1 $3,391,197 -26% 757 $4,480   $35,795,497 45
1979/07/13 1 $2,777,042 -18% 733 $3,789   $40,515,877 52
1979/07/20 1 $2,246,329 -19% 695 $3,232   $44,195,413 59
1979/07/27 2 $1,816,627 -19% 681 $2,668   $47,332,006 66
1979/08/03 3 $1,533,612 -16% 613 $2,502   $49,909,464 73
1979/08/10 3 $1,301,922 -15% 582 $2,237   $52,092,686 80
1979/08/17 3 $993,340 -24% 419 $2,371   $53,802,893 87
1979/08/24 3 $957,284 -4% 422 $2,268   $55,309,035 94
1979/08/31 1 $1,049,075 +10% 369 $2,843   $56,863,418 101
1979/09/07 1 $649,505 -38% 357 $1,819   $57,733,690 108
1979/09/14 1 $485,711 -25% 317 $1,532   $58,443,685 115
1979/09/21 1 $540,887 +11% 360 $1,502   $59,154,839 122
1979/09/28 1 $393,452 -27% 291 $1,352   $59,735,665 129
1979/10/05 2 $286,282 -27% 240 $1,193   $60,150,933 136
2003/10/31 16 $1,023,665   347 $2,950   $1,287,560 8,928
2003/11/07 24 $254,715 -75% 331 $770   $1,798,175 8,935
2003/11/14 58 $22,555 -91% 21 $1,074   $1,954,649 8,942
2003/11/21 81 $9,879 -56% 19 $520   $1,974,937 8,949
2003/11/28 86 $4,403 -55% 11 $400   $1,983,690 8,956

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1979/05/25 1 $4,758,638   91 $52,293   $4,758,638 7
1979/06/01 1 $3,623,507 -24% 91 $39,819   $8,382,145 14
1979/06/08 1 $4,300,753 +19% 132 $32,581   $12,682,898 21
1979/06/15 1 $3,783,140 -12% 148 $25,562   $16,466,038 28
1979/06/22 1 $8,312,008 +120% 635 $13,090   $24,778,046 35
1979/06/29 1 $7,626,254 -8% 745 $10,237   $32,404,300 42
1979/07/06 1 $5,334,535 -30% 757 $7,047   $37,738,835 49
1979/07/13 1 $4,210,249 -21% 733 $5,744   $41,949,084 56
1979/07/20 1 $3,566,295 -15% 695 $5,131   $45,515,379 63
1979/07/27 1 $2,860,473 -20% 681 $4,200   $48,375,852 70
1979/08/03 2 $2,414,912 -16% 613 $3,939   $50,790,764 77
1979/08/10 1 $2,018,789 -16% 582 $3,469   $52,809,553 84
1979/08/17 1 $1,542,198 -24% 419 $3,681   $54,351,751 91
1979/08/24 1 $1,462,592 -5% 422 $3,466   $55,814,343 98
1979/08/31 1 $1,269,842 -13% 369 $3,441   $57,084,185 105
1979/09/07 1 $873,789 -31% 357 $2,448   $57,957,974 112
1979/09/14 1 $655,978 -25% 317 $2,069   $58,613,952 119
1979/09/21 1 $728,261 +11% 360 $2,023   $59,342,213 126
1979/09/28 1 $522,438 -28% 291 $1,795   $59,864,651 133
2003/10/31 17 $1,279,565   347 $3,688   $1,543,460 8,932
2003/11/07 23 $388,634 -70% 331 $1,174   $1,932,094 8,939
2003/11/14 61 $32,964 -92% 21 $1,570   $1,965,058 8,946
2003/11/21 79 $14,229 -57% 19 $749   $1,979,287 8,953

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
United Kingdom 10/31/2003 $0 0 2 2 $140,224 5/6/2016
 
Rest of World $122,559,776
 
International Total$122,700,000 5/6/2016

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
5/15/20111216,414 16,414$246,049$246,049962