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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $166,000,000Details
International Box Office $171,700,000
Worldwide Box Office $337,700,000
Further financial details...

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  4. Video Sales
  5. Cast & Crew
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Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
96% - Certified Fresh
85% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Production Budget:$20,000,000
Domestic Releases: November 16th, 1977 (Wide) by Columbia
Video Release: May 29th, 2001 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 134 minutes
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Keywords: Visual Effects, Friendly Alien on Earth
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, EMI, Phillips, Steven Spielberg
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 430 $5,379,460 Dec 16, 1977 33


   Roy Neary
Teri Garr    Ronnie Neary
   Jillian Guiler
François Truffaut    Claude Lacombe
Cary Guffey    Barry Guiler
Bob Balaban    David Laughlin
J. Patrick McNamara    Project Leader
Warren Kemmerling    Wild Bill
Roberts Blossom    Farmer
Phillip Dodds    Jean Claude
Shawn Bishop    Brad Neary
Adrienne Campbell    Silvia Neary
Justin Dreyfuss    Toby Neary
Lance Henriksen    Robert
Merrill Connally    Team Leader
George DiCenzo    Major Benchley
Amy Douglass    Implantee
Alexander Lockwood    Implantee
Gene Dynarski    Ike
Mary Gafrey    Mrs. Harris
Norman Bartold    Ohio Tolls
Michael J. Dyer    Himself
Robert Ernest    Highway Patrolman
Carl Weathers    Military Police
F.J. O'Neil    ARP Project Member
Phil Dodds    ARP Musician
Randy Herman    Flight 19 Returnee
Hal Barwood    Flight 19 Returnee
Matthew Robbins    Flight 19 Returnee
David Anderson    Air Traffic Controller
Richard L. Hawkins    Air Traffic Controller
Craig Sheeve    Air Traffic
Bill Thurman    Air Traffic
Roy E. Richards    Air East Pilot
Gene Rader    Hawker
Eumenio Blanco    Federale
Daniel Nunez    Federale
Chuy Franco    Luis Contreras
James Keane    Radio Telescope Team
Dennis McMullen    Radio Telescope Team
Cy Young    Robert Telescope Team
Tom Howard    Radio Telescope Team
Richard Stuart    Truck Despatcher
Bob Westmoreland    Load Dispatcher
Matt Emery    Support Leader
Galen Thompson    Special Forces
John Dennis Johnston    Special Forces
John Ewing    Dirty Tricks
Robert Broyles    Dirty Tricks
Kirk Raymond    Dirty Tricks

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Steven Spielberg
Producer    Julia Phillips
Producer    Michael Phillips
Director of Photography    Vilmos Zsigmond
Visual Effects Designer    Douglas Trumbull
Composer    John Williams
Associate Producer    Clark Paylow
Assistant Director    Chuck Myers
Unit Production Manager    Clark Paylow
Production Designer    Joe Alves
Art Director    Dan Lomino
Set Decorator    Phil Abramson
Director of Photography Additional American Scenes    William A. Fraker
Director of Photography India Sequences    Douglas Slocombe
Director of Photography Additional Material, Special Edition    Allen Daviau
Second Unit Camera    Steve Poster
Additional Photography    John A. Alonzo
Additional Photography    Laszlo Kovacs
Additional Photography    Frank Stanley
Special Effects    Roy Arbogast
Matte Artist    Matthew Yuricich
Chief Model Maker    Gregory Jein
Director of Photography Special Effects    Richard Yuricich
Editor    Michael Kahn
Sound Mixer    Gene Contamessa
Re-recording Mixer    Robert Knudson
Re-recording Mixer    Don MacDougall
Re-recording Mixer    Robert J. Glass
Supervising Sound Effects Editor    Frank E. Warner
Sound Effects Editor    Richard Oswald
Sound Effects Editor    David M. Horton
Sound Effects Editor    Sam Gemette
Sound Effects Editor    Gary S. Gerlich
Sound Effects Editor    Chet Slomka
Sound Effects Editor    Neil Burrow
Supervising Dialogue Editor    Jack Schrader
Dialogue Editor    Dick Friedman
Music Editor    Ken Wannberg
Makeup    Bob Westmoreland
Hairstylist    Edie Panda
Casting    Shari Rhodes
Casting    Juliet Taylor
Additional Casting    Sally Dennison

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1977/12/16 1 $5,379,460   270 $19,924   $0 33

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1977/12/26 1 $3,026,558   571 $5,300   $0 41

Weekly Box Office Performance