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Movies Released in 1961

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This list shows all films released in 1961, including films that went direct-to-video, or only got an international theatrical release. For each film, we use the first date on which it was made available to the public, which might include international theatrical or domestic video releases that were a few days, or sometimes more, earlier than the domestic (US/Canada) theatrical release. All movies announced for release in 1961 are included.

See also: Top 1961 Worldwide - Domestic Release Schedule for 1961 - Most Popular 1961

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Release DateMovieGenreProduction
Budget
Domestic
Box Office
to Date
Trailer

January, 1961

January 1 Judgment at Nuremberg $3,000,000 $10,000,000  
The Misfits $4,000,000 $8,200,000  
Pocketful of Miracles $2,900,000 $5,000,000  
 
January 25 101 Dalmatians Comedy   $153,000,000  

February, 1961

February 7 √† bout de souffle Drama   $67,464  
 
February 18 Gold of the Seven Saints   $0  

March, 1961

March 16 The Absent Minded Professor Comedy   $25,381,407  

April, 1961

April 2 The Sins of Rachel Cade   $0  
 
April 19 Dolce Vita, La   $19,500,000  

May, 1961

May 5 Return to Peyton Place   $9,996,178  

June, 1961

June 10 Ascenseur pour l'√©chafaud Drama   $373,597  
 
June 21 The Parent Trap   $25,150,385  
 
June 22 The Guns of Navarone   $28,900,000  
 
June 28 Fanny   $9,996,178  

July, 1961

July 13 The Exiles   $26,516  

August, 1961

August 9 Come September   $12,710,696  
 
August 31 Purple Noon Drama   $618,090  

September, 1961

September 13 Yojimbo Action   $0  
 
September 25 The Hustler $2,000,000 $7,600,000  

October, 1961

October 5 Breakfast at Tiffany's Drama   $9,551,904  
 
October 18 West Side Story Musical $6,000,000 $43,700,000  
 
October 30 King of Kings   $14,483,352  

November, 1961

November 9 Flower Drum Song   $10,738,117  
 
November 22 Blue Hawaii Musical   $10,440,453  

December, 1961

December 14 Babes in Toyland Musical   $10,218,316  
El Cid   $26,600,000  
 
December 20 Lover Come Back Romantic Comedy   $16,937,969  
 
December 31 Il ratto delle sabine   $0  
Master of the World Adventure   $0