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Backdraft (1991)

Backdraft poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $77,868,585Details
International Box Office $74,500,000
Worldwide Box Office $152,368,585
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  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Cast & Crew
  6. Trailer


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
71% - Fresh
75% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: May 24th, 1991 (Wide) by Universal
Video Release: June 28th, 2011 by Universal Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for language and a scene of sensuality.
Running Time: 136 minutes
Comparisons: vs. The Silence of the Lambs
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Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Trilogy Entertainment Group
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 435 $2,810,610 Jul 5, 1991 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 494 $3,630,565 Jun 28, 1991 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 599 $4,514,250 Jun 21, 1991 31
Fastest Movies to Earn $50 Million at the Domestic Box Office 1,128 $53,900,070 Jun 21, 1991 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 853 $5,205,375 Jun 14, 1991 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,057 $6,425,100 Jun 7, 1991 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,167 $9,118,395 May 31, 1991 10
Biggest May Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 209 $15,723,480 May 24, 1991 3
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,129 $15,723,480 May 24, 1991 3
Widest Opening Weekend 2,413 1,852 May 24, 1991 3


Kurt Russell    Stephen McCaffrey
William Baldwin    Brian McCaffrey
Scott Glenn    John Adcox
Jennifer Jason Leigh    Jennifer Vaitkus
Rebecca De Mornay    Helen McCaffrey
Donald Sutherland    Ronald Bartel
Robert De Niro    Donald Rimgale
Jason Gedrick    Tim Krizminski
J.T. Walsh    Marty Swayzak
Clint Howard    Ricco
Cedric Young    Grindle
Tony Mockus Sr.    Chief John Fitzgerald
Jack McGee    Schmidt
Mark Wheeler    Pengelly
Juan Ramirez    Ray Santos
Kevin M. Casey    Nightengale
Richard Lexsee    Washington
Beep Iams    Sean McCaffrey
Ryan Todd    Brian Age 7
John Duda    Stephen Age 12
Robert Swan    Willy, Bartender
Ron West    Alan Seagrave
Kevin Crowley    Candidate
Carlos Sanz    Candidate
Harry Hutchinson    Candidate
David A.C. Saunders    Candidate
J.J. Chaback    Woman Psychiatrist
Tim Grimm    Man at Parole Board
David Crosby    70's Hippie
Mike Mangano    Firetruck Driver
Rick Reardon    Paramedic
Leslie A. Ford    Paramedic
W. Earl Brown    Paramedic
Robert F. Byrnes Jr.    Paramedic
Kathryn Jaeck    Mannequin Fire Reporter
David Westgor    Mannequin Fire Reporter
Joe Guastaferro    Donald Cosgrove
Don Herion    Repairman
Tony Mockus Jr.    Jackson
Gregory Widen    Engine Lieutenant
Andrew Lipschultz    Man on Party Boat
Walter Williams    Security Guard
Bob Krzeminski    Captain
F. Pat Burns    Battalion Chief at Tenement Fire
Wandachristine    Mother at Tenement Fire
Anthony C. Ellis Jr.    Gasping Child at Tenement Fire
Peter C. Hobert Jr.    Probie
Zita Visockis    Grandma Vaitkus
Razz Jenkins    Photographer on Boat Party
James Ritz    Mannequin Fire Reporter
Irma P. Hall    Nurse
Nydia Rodriguez Terracina    Nurse
Hollis Resnick    Sally
Don Rimgale    Party Crony
Dennis Liddiard    Party Brawler
David Luckenbach    Security Officer
Neil J. Francis Jr.    Cop
Andre Melchor    Cop
Karel King    Swayzak Aide
Scott Baity    Swayzak Aide
Gretchen Erickson    Bar Patron
Joan Esposito    Television Reporter
Bob Rice    Detective
Marcella DeTineo    Nurse
Tom Clark    Retirement Party Schmoozer #1
Jane McIver    Retirement Party Schmoozer #2
Burton Stencel    Retirement Party Schmoozer #3
Robert Martell    Retirement Party Roaster
Tony G. Chrisos    Politico
Cay DeVos    Politico
Gregory Lundsgaard    High Rise Fireman
Charles Burns Jr.    Battalion Chief at Mannequin Fire
Louise Woolf    Falling Chair Lady
Ian A. Nevers    Nervous Probie
Kelsey E. McMahon    Child Rescued at 70's Fire
Fidel Moreno    70's Onlooker
Zan Heber    Reporter
Ilene Kwitny    Reporter
Jane Alderman    Reporter
Kevin Petersen    Doctor
Thomas A. Senderak    Fireman
Michael Allen Mark    Fireman

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Richard B. Lewis
Producer    Pen Densham
Producer    John Watson
Screenwriter    Gregory Widen
Director of Photography    Mikael Salomon
Production Designer    Albert Brenner
Editor    Daniel Hanley
Editor    Michael Hill
Executive Producer    Brian Grazer
Executive Producer    Raffaella De Laurentis
Co-Producer    Larry DeWaay
Associate Producer    Todd Hallowell
Composer    Hans Zimmer
Assistant Director    Aldric La'auli Porter
Second Unit Director    Todd Hallowell
Unit Production Manager    Larry DeWaay
Art Director    Carol Winstead Wood
Second Unit Camera    Don Burgess
Additional Photography    George E. Dougherty
Visual Effects Supervisor    Scott Farrar
Special Effects Coordinator    Allen Hall
Special Effects Supervisor    Clay Pinney
Costume Designer    Jodie Tillen
Costume Supervisor    John Casey
Sound Mixer    Glenn Williams
Re-recording Mixer    Gary Summers
Re-recording Mixer    Randy Thom
Re-recording Mixer    Gary Rydstrom
Re-recording Mixer    Tom Johnson
Supervising Sound Editor    Richard Hymns
Sound Effects Editor    Ken Fischer
Sound Effects Editor    Tim Holland
Sound Effects Editor    Frank Eulner
Sound Effects Editor    Rob Fruchtman
Sound Effects Editor    Vivien Gilliam
Sound Effects Editor    Marilyn McCoppen
Sound Effects Editor    Gary Rydstrom
Sound Designer    Gary Rydstrom
Dialogue Editor    Michael Silvers
Dialogue Editor    Sara Bolder
Music Editor    Laura Perlman
Make up    Robert N. Norin
Hairstylist    Linda R. Rizzuto
Hairstylist    Jerome H. Turnage
Make-up and Prosthetic Effects Designer    Lance Anderson
"Set Me in Motion"    Tim T. Sexton
"Set Me in Motion"    Becky Mancuso
Composer    B.R. Hornsby
Composer    John Hornsby
Casting Director    Jane Jenkins
Casting Director    Janet Hirshenson
Stunt Coordinator    Walter Scott
Foley Recordist    Christopher Boyes

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1991/05/24 1 $15,723,480   1,852 $8,490   $15,723,480 3
1991/05/31 1 $9,118,395 -42% 1,859 $4,905   $28,249,555 10
1991/06/07 2 $6,425,100 -30% 1,947 $3,300   $38,513,490 17
1991/06/14 3 $5,205,375 -19% 1,983 $2,625   $46,639,365 24
1991/06/21 5 $4,514,250 -13% 1,950 $2,315   $53,900,070 31
1991/06/28 6 $3,630,565 -20% 1,829 $1,985   $59,743,885 38
1991/07/05 8 $2,810,610 -23% 1,503 $1,870   $64,545,270 45

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1991/05/24 1 $19,131,160   1,852 $10,330   $19,131,160 7
1991/05/31 1 $12,957,230 -32% 1,859 $6,970   $32,088,390 14
1991/06/07 2 $9,345,600 -28% 1,947 $4,800   $41,433,990 21
1991/06/14 3 $7,951,830 -15% 1,983 $4,010   $49,385,820 28
1991/06/21 5 $6,727,500 -15% 1,950 $3,450   $56,113,320 35
1991/06/28 6 $5,621,340 -16% 1,829 $3,073   $61,734,660 42