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Aliens (1986)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $85,160,248Details
International Box Office $98,156,207
Worldwide Box Office $183,316,455
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Cast & Crew
  6. Trailer

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
98% - Certified Fresh
Audience
94% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$17,000,000
Domestic Releases: July 18th, 1986 (Wide) by 20th Century Fox
Video Release: June 24th, 1993 by Fox Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R
Franchise: Alien
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Keywords: Parasite, Corporate Malfeasance, Nightmare, Dream Sequence
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Action
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 293 $1,042,070 Sep 26, 1986 73
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 277 $1,461,468 Sep 19, 1986 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 365 $1,636,417 Sep 12, 1986 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 410 $2,114,578 Sep 5, 1986 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 308 $3,586,256 Aug 29, 1986 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 535 $3,371,670 Aug 22, 1986 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 657 $4,303,173 Aug 15, 1986 31
Fastest Movies to Earn $50 Million at the Domestic Box Office 1,100 $50,698,315 Aug 8, 1986 28
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 733 $5,779,352 Aug 8, 1986 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 940 $7,060,101 Aug 1, 1986 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,256 $8,640,292 Jul 25, 1986 10
Biggest July Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 502 $10,052,042 Jul 18, 1986 3
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,804 $10,052,042 Jul 18, 1986 3
Widest Opening Weekend 3,017 1,437 Jul 18, 1986 3

Cast

Bill Paxton    Pvt. W. Hudson
   Ellen Ripley
Michael Biehn    Corporal Dwayne Hicks
Lance Henriksen    Bishop
Mark Rolston    Pvt. Drake
Jenette Goldstein    Pvt. Vasquez
Paul Reiser    Carter J. Burke
Carrie Henn    Rebecca 'Newt' Jorden
William Hope    Lt. Gorman
Al Matthews    Sgt. Apone

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    James Cameron
Director   
Composer    James Horner

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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...

The shaded area represents the expected performance range for a film, based on its opening weekend box office. 95% of films fall within the shaded area. If a film trends towards the top end of the shaded area, it has good legs compared to the average film; if it trends towards the bottom end of the shaded area, it has poor legs. The predictive area is based on movies from the past 5 years.

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1986/07/18 1 $10,052,042   1,437 $6,995   $10,052,042 3
1986/07/25 1 $8,640,292 -14% 1,454 $5,942   $25,070,095 10
1986/08/01 1 $7,060,101 -18% 1,453 $4,859   $37,314,946 17
1986/08/08 1 $5,779,352 -18% 1,395 $4,143   $47,312,167 24
1986/08/15 3 $4,303,173 -26% 1,302 $3,305   $55,001,488 31
1986/08/22 3 $3,371,670 -22% 1,280 $2,634   $60,977,693 38
1986/08/29 5 $3,586,256 +6% 1,249 $2,871   $66,354,475 45
1986/09/05 5 $2,114,578 -41% 1,165 $1,815   $69,274,605 52
1986/09/12 5 $1,636,417 -23% 1,063 $1,539   $71,650,757 59
1986/09/19 6 $1,461,468 -11% 1,040 $1,405   $73,682,234 66
1986/09/26 9 $1,042,070 -29% 924 $1,128   $75,201,373 73

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1986/07/18 1 $16,429,803   1,437 $11,433   $16,429,803 7
1986/07/25 1 $13,825,042 -16% 1,454 $9,508   $30,254,845 14
1986/08/01 1 $11,277,970 -18% 1,453 $7,762   $41,532,815 21
1986/08/08 1 $9,165,500 -19% 1,395 $6,570   $50,698,315 28
1986/08/15 2 $6,907,708 -25% 1,302 $5,305   $57,606,023 35
1986/08/22 4 $5,162,196 -25% 1,280 $4,033   $62,768,219 42
1986/08/29 4 $4,391,808 -15% 1,249 $3,516   $67,160,027 49
1986/09/05 4 $2,854,313 -35% 1,165 $2,450   $70,014,340 56
1986/09/12 5 $2,206,426 -23% 1,063 $2,076   $72,220,766 63
1986/09/19 5 $1,938,537 -12% 1,040 $1,864   $74,159,303 70

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
5/15/2011819,641 19,641$294,425$294,425934
9/18/2016189,265 313,776$118,317$4,569,9511,213