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The Rocketeer (1991)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $46,573,027Details
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  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Cast & Crew
  6. Trailer

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
Critics
61% - Fresh
Audience
64% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: June 21st, 1991 (Wide) by Walt Disney
MPAA Rating: PG
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Keywords: Origin Story, Film Noir, Mafia, Visual Effects, In a Plane, Inventor, Nazis, Independent/Other Comics
Source:Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
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 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,574 $2,860,313 Jul 12, 1991 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,324 $5,284,370 Jul 5, 1991 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,501 $7,209,752 Jun 28, 1991 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,844 $9,600,754 Jun 21, 1991 3
Widest Opening Weekend 2,634 1,616 Jun 21, 1991 3

Cast

Jennifer Connelly    Jenny Blake
Alan Arkin    Peevy
Clint Howard    Mark
Ed Lauter    Fitch
Paul Sorvino    Valentine
Jon Polito    Otis Bigelow, Airfield Owner
   Cliff Secord
Timothy Dalton    Neville Sinclair
Eddie Jones    Malcolm the Mechanic
William Sanderson    Skeets, Bull Dog Cafe Patron
Terry O'Quinn    Howard Hughes

Production and Technical Credits

Composer    James Horner
Director   

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1991/06/21 4 $9,600,754   1,616 $5,941   $9,600,754 3
1991/06/28 4 $7,209,752 -25% 1,903 $3,789   $21,626,859 10
1991/07/05 6 $5,284,370 -27% 1,886 $2,802   $31,212,002 17
1991/07/12 10 $2,860,313 -46% 1,738 $1,646   $36,440,715 24

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1991/06/21 3 $14,417,107   1,616 $8,921   $14,417,107 7
1991/06/28 4 $11,510,525 -20% 1,903 $6,049   $25,927,632 14
1991/07/05 6 $7,652,770 -34% 1,886 $4,058   $33,580,402 21