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Superman (1978)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $134,218,018Details
International Box Office $165,981,982
Worldwide Box Office $300,200,000
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  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Cast & Crew
  6. Trailer


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
93% - Certified Fresh
86% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Production Budget:$55,000,000
Domestic Releases: December 15th, 1978 (Wide) by Warner Bros.
Video Release: May 1st, 2001 by Warner Home Video, released as Superman - The Movie
MPAA Rating: PG for peril, some mild sensuality and language.
Running Time: 143 minutes
Franchise: Superman
Comparisons: vs. Superman II
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Keywords: Visual Effects, D.C. Comics
Source:Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Super Hero
Production Companies: Warner Bros., Dovemead Ltd.
Production Countries: United Kingdom

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 473 $7,492,687 Jan 5, 1979 24
Fastest Movies to Earn $50 Million at the Domestic Box Office 1,018 $54,826,254 Jan 5, 1979 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 526 $10,364,384 Dec 29, 1978 17
Biggest December Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 335 $10,364,384 Dec 29, 1978 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,709 $6,535,784 Dec 22, 1978 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,269 $7,465,343 Dec 15, 1978 3


Ned Beatty    Otis
Jackie Cooper    Perry White
Glenn Ford    Jonathan Kent
Trevor Howard    1st Elder
Margot Kidder    Lois Lane
Valerie Perrine    Eve Teschmacher
Maria Schell    Vond-Ah
Terence Stamp    General Zod
Phyllis Thaxter    Ma Kent
Susannah York    Lara
Trevor Howard    Elder
Jack O'Halloran    Non
Jeff East    Young Clark Kent
Marc McClure    Jimmy Olsen
Sarah Douglas    Ursa
Harry Andrews    Elder
Vass Anderson    Elder
John Hollis    Elder
James Elder    Elder
Michael Gover    Elder
David Neal    Elder
William Russell    Elder
Penelope Lee    Elder
John Stuart    Elder
Alan Cullen    Elder
Lee Quigley    Baby Kal-El
Aaron Smolinski    Baby Clark Kent
Diane Sherry    Lana Lang
Jeff Atcheson    Coach
Brad Flock    Football Player
David Petrou    Team Manager
Billy J. Mitchell    Editor
Robert Henderson    Editor
Larry Lamb    Reporter
James Brockington    Reporter
John Cassady    Reporter
John F Parker    Reporter
Antony Scott    Reporter
Ray Evans    Reporter
Su Shifrin    Reporter
Miquel Brown    Reporter
Vincent Marzello    Copy Boy
Benjamin Feitelson    Copy Boy
Lise Hilboldt    Secretary
Leueen Willoughby    Secretary
Jill Ingham    Perry's Secretary
Pieter Stuyck    Window Cleaner
Rex Reed    Rex Reed
Weston Gavin    Mugger
Stephen Kahan    Officer
Ray Hassett    Officer
Randy Jurgensen    Officer
Matt Russo    News Vendor
Colin Skeaping    Pilot
Bo Rucker    Pimp
Paul Avery    TV Cameraman
David Baxt    Burglar
George Harris II    Patrolman Mooney
Michael Harrington    Hood
John Cording    Hood
Raymond Thompson    Hood
Oz Clarke    Hood
Rex Everhart    Desk Sergeant
Jayne Tottman    Little Girl
Frank Lazarus    Air Force One Pilot
Brian Protheroe    Co-pilot
Lawrence Trimble    Crewman
Robert Whelan    Crewman
David Calder    Crewman
Norwich Duff    Newscaster
G. Keith Alexander    Newscaster
Michael Ensign    Newscaster
Larry Hagman    Major
Paul Tuerpe    Sgt. Hayley
Graham McPherson    Lieutenant
David Yorston    Petty Officer
Robert O'Neill    Admiral
Robert MacLeod    General
John Ratzenberger    Controller
Alan Tilvern    Controller
Phil Brown    State Senator
Bill Bailey    Senator
Burnell Tucker    Agent
Tug Smith    Indian Chief
Norman Warwick    Superchief Driver
Chuck Julian    Assistant
Colin Etherington    Power Co. Driver
Mark Wynter    Mate
Roy Stevens    Warden

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Mario Puzo
Screenwriter    David Newman
Screenwriter    Leslie Newman
Screenwriter    Robert Benton
Producer    Pierre Spengler
Story by    Mario Puzo
Composer    John Williams
Executive Producer    Ilya Salkind
Production Designer    John Barry
Director of Photography    Geoffrey Unsworth
Associate Producer    Charles Greenlaw
Assistant Director    David Tomblin
Assistant Director    Dominic Fulford
Assistant Director    Vincent Winter
Assistant Director    Michael Dryhurst
Assistant Director    Allan James
Assistant Director    Gareth Tandy
Assistant Director    Jerry Grandey
Assistant Director    Michael Rauch
Assistant Director    Bud Grace
Second Unit Director    David Tomblin
Second Unit Director    John Glen
Second Unit Director    John Barry
Second Unit Director    David Lane
Second Unit Director    Robert Lynn
Production Manager    Dusty Symonds
Production Manager    Peter Runfolo
Production Manager    Les Kimber
Production Manager    Austen Jewell
Production Supervisor    Robert Simmonds
Production Supervisor    Timothy Burrill
Production Supervisor    Tim Hampton
Supervising Art Director    Maurice Fowler
Supervising Art Director    Bill Brodie
Art Director    Norman Dorme
Art Director    Norman Reynolds
Art Director    Ernest Archer
Art Director    Tony Reading
Art Director    Les Dilley
Art Director    Stuart Craig
Art Director    Gene Rudolf
Art Director    Philip Bennet
Art Director    Stan Jolley
Set Decorator    Peter Howitt
Set Decorator    Fred Weiler
Additional Photography    Alex Thomson
Additional Photography    Jack Atcheler
Additional Photography    Bob Collins
Additional Photography    Reginald Morris
Additional Photography    Sol Negrin
Visual Effects Supervisor-Mattes and Composites    Les Bowie
Visual Effects Supervisor-Process Photography    Denys Coop
Visual Effects Supervisor-Optical Visual Effects    Roy Field
Visual Effects Supervisor-Zoptic Effects    Zoran Perisic
Special Effects-Model Effects    Derek Meddings
Special Effects-Creative Supervisor and Director of Special Effects    Colin Chilvers
Costume Designer    Yvonne Blake
Costume Designer-Additional Costume Designer    Betty Adamson
Costume Supervisor    Betty Adamson
Editor    Stuart Baird
Editor    Michael Ellis
Sound Mixer    Gordon McCallum
Sound Mixer    Roy Charman
Sound Mixer    Norman Bolland
Sound Mixer    Brian Marshall
Sound Mixer    Richard Raguse
Sound Mixer    Chris Large
Production Manager    Charles Schmitz
Re-recording Mixer    Gordon McCallum
Re-recording Mixer    Graham V. Hartstone
Re-recording Mixer    Nicolas Le Messurier
Supervising Sound Editor    Chris Greenham
Sound Effects Editor    Peter Pennell
Sound Effects Editor    Stan Fiferman
Sound Effects Editor    John Foster
Dialogue Editor    Michael Hopkins
Dialogue Editor    Pat Foster
Make up-Creative Supervisor    Stuart Freeborn
Song Writer    Leslie Bricusse
Based on the Character Created by    Jerry Siegel
Based on the Character Created by    Joe Shuster
Casting Director    Lynn Stalmaster
Casting Director    Mary Selway
Stunt Coordinator    Alf Joint
Stunt Coordinator    Vic Armstrong
Stunt Coordinator    Alex Stevens

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1978/12/15 1 $7,465,343   508 $14,696   $7,465,343 3
1978/12/22 2 $6,535,784 -12% 806 $8,109   $18,580,136 10
1978/12/29 1 $10,364,384 +59% 817 $12,686   $40,925,251 17
1979/01/05 1 $7,492,687 -28% 806 $9,296   $54,826,254 24

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1978/12/15 1 $2,187,100   508 $4,305   $2,187,100 1
1978/12/16 1 $2,762,112 +26% 508 $5,437   $4,949,212 2
1978/12/17 1 $2,516,131 -9% 508 $4,953   $7,465,343 3

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1978/12/15 1 $12,044,352   508 $23,709   $12,044,352 7
1978/12/22 1 $18,516,515 +54% 806 $22,973   $30,560,867 14
1978/12/29 1 $16,772,700 -9% 817 $20,530   $47,333,567 21