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Escape from New York (1981)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $25,244,700Details
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The world is ravaged by crime and the entire island of Manhattan has been converted to a walled prison where brutal prisoners roam. But when the U.S. President crash-lands inside, only Plissken can bring him back.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office 2,892 $25,244,700
All Time Worldwide Box Office 3,800 $25,244,700
All Time Domestic Box Office for R Movies 896 $25,244,700
All Time Worldwide Box Office for R Movies 1,172 $25,244,700

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Production Budget:$6,000,000
Domestic Releases: July 10th, 1981 (Wide) by Avco Embassy
Video Release: June 6th, 2000 by MGM Video
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 98 minutes
Franchise: Escape from New York
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Keywords: Hostage
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest Domestic 3rd Weekend 2,933 $1,926,035 Jul 24, 1981 17
Biggest Domestic 2nd Weekend 3,146 $2,831,055 Jul 17, 1981 10
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 3,238 $4,162,385 Jul 10, 1981 3
Never No. 1 Domestic 1,600 $25,244,700 Jul 10, 1981 0


   Snake Plissken
Jamie Lee Curtis    Narrator/Computer Voice
John Carpenter    Secret Service #2/Helicopter Pilot/Violin Player
Adrienne Barbeau    Maggie
John Diehl    Punk
Isaac Hayes    The Duke of New York
Ernest Borgnine    Chabbie
Lee Van Cleef    Bob Hauk
Donald Pleasance    President of the United States
Harry Dean Stanton    Brain/Harold Helman

Production and Technical Credits


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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1981/07/10 5 $4,162,385   579 $7,189   $4,162,385 3
1981/07/17 8 $2,831,055 -32% 579 $4,890   $9,098,436 10
1981/07/24 9 $1,926,035 -32% 476 $4,046   $11,381,096 17

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1981/07/10 6 $6,267,381   579 $10,824   $6,267,381 7
1981/07/17 7 $3,187,680 -49% 579 $5,505   $9,455,061 14

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records