Movies Released in 1981

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Release DateMovieGenreProduction
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January, 1981

January 1 Death Hunt   $5,000,000  
The Devil and Max Devlin   $16,000,000  
Fort Apache, The Bronx   $29,200,000  
My Dinner With Andre (1981)   $5,250,000  
The Private Eyes   $18,000,000  
Roar $17,000,000 $2,000,000  
Scanners Horror   $14,200,000  
 
January 30 The Incredible Shrinking Woman Comedy   $20,259,000  

February, 1981

February 11 Le dernier métro Drama   $3,000,000  
Sphinx Thriller/Suspense $10,000,000 $2,000,000  
 
February 13 American Pop Drama   $6,000,000  
The Dogs of War   $0  
Eyewitness   $6,400,000  
Sunday Lovers   $0  

March, 1981

March 6 All Night Long Comedy   $7,800,000  
On the Right Track   $13,000,000  
 
March 13 Back Roads Comedy   $11,809,387  
The Funhouse Horror   $7,000,000  
Modern Romance Romantic Comedy   $29,137  
 
March 15 Confidence (1981)   $0  
 
March 20 Amy Drama   $0  
Cutter's Way   $0  
The Final Conflict Horror   $20,471,000  
Kelly   $0  
The Postman Always Rings Twice Drama $12,000,000 $12,200,000  
 
March 27 Eyes of a Stranger Horror   $546,724  
Thief Action   $4,300,000  

April, 1981

April 10 Excalibur Adventure   $34,200,000  
From Mao to Mozart Documentary   $0  
Going Ape!   $0  
The Howling Horror $1,000,000 $17,985,000  
Nighthawks Action $5,000,000 $14,600,000  
This is Elvis Documentary   $429,146  
 
April 17 Caveman Comedy   $15,965,000  
Improper Channels   $0  
 
April 24 Beyond the Reef   $547,525  
Cattle Annie and Little Britches Drama   $115,679  
The Hand Horror   $2,000,000  
Second-Hand Hearts   $0  
 
April 30 Friday the 13th Part 2 Horror $1,250,000 $21,722,776  

May, 1981

May 1 Graduation Day Thriller/Suspense $250,000 $23,894,000  
Hard Country   $0  
The Jazz Singer   $27,118,000  
King of the Mountain Drama   $958,637  
 
May 15 Happy Birthday To Me   $10,609,514  
Take This Job and Shove It   $17,569,000  
 
May 22 Bustin' Loose Comedy   $31,261,000  
The Four Seasons Comedy $6,500,000 $42,488,161  
Glen or Glenda   $0  
The Legend of the Lone Ranger Western $18,000,000 $13,400,000  
Outland Action   $20,000,000  

June, 1981

June 5 Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams   $37,000,000  
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia   $14,000,000  
 
June 12 Clash of the Titans Adventure $15,000,000 $30,000,000  
History of the World: Part I Comedy $11,000,000 $31,672,000  
Raiders of the Lost Ark Adventure $20,000,000 $248,159,971  
 
June 19 The Cannonball Run Action   $57,498,710  
Superman II Adventure $54,000,000 $108,185,706  
 
June 26 Dragonslayer Action $18,000,000 $6,000,000  
For Your Eyes Only Action $28,000,000 $54,800,000  
Force: Five   $8,000,000  
The Great Muppet Caper Comedy   $31,206,251  
Stripes Comedy $10,000,000 $85,300,000  

July, 1981

July 1 S.O.B. Comedy   $14,867,086  
 
July 10 Escape from New York Action $6,000,000 $25,244,700  
The Fox and the Hound Comedy   $43,899,231  
 
July 17 Arthur Comedy   $81,464,486  
Endless Love Drama   $33,000,000  
 
July 23 Gas   $0  
 
July 24 Blow Out Thriller/Suspense $18,000,000 $13,747,234  
Comin' at Ya!   $6,704,127  
Eye of the Needle Thriller/Suspense   $17,583,000  
Nobody's Perfekt   $995  
Tarzan, The Ape Man Action   $36,565,000  
Wolfen Horror   $11,000,000  
Zorro, The Gay Blade Comedy   $10,000,000  
 
July 31 Under the Rainbow Comedy $20,000,000 $18,826,490  
Victory Action   $10,853,000  

August, 1981

August 7 Condorman   $0  
An Eye for an Eye Action   $7,496,681  
Heavy Metal Adventure $9,300,000 $19,571,091  
Hell Night Horror   $2,300,000  
Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. Comedy   $19,225  
Student Bodies Comedy   $1,582,148  
 
August 14 Chu Chu and the Philly Flash   $221,898  
Deadly Blessing   $2,800,000  
 
August 19 Prince of the City Drama   $9,000,000  
 
August 21 An American Werewolf in London Horror   $31,973,249  
First Monday in October   $12,000,000  
Heartland Drama   $0  
Honky Tonk Freeway Comedy   $939,423  
 
August 28 Body Heat Thriller/Suspense   $24,058,000  
Gallipoli $3,000,000 $5,732,587  
Private Lessons Comedy   $18,064,851  

September, 1981

September 17 Tim   $0  
 
September 18 Continental Divide Romantic Comedy   $15,578,000  
The French Lieutenant's Woman Drama   $22,600,000  
Mommie Dearest Drama $5,000,000 $19,032,000  
Raggedy Man Drama   $11,000,000  
 
September 23 Only When I Laugh   $25,782,304  
 
September 25 Carbon Copy Comedy   $8,400,000  
Chariots of Fire Drama $5,500,000 $57,159,946  
So Fine   $10,000,000  
Southern Comfort Thriller/Suspense   $2,939,174  
True Confessions   $12,200,000  

October, 1981

October 2 Paternity   $18,838,000  
Zoot Suit Drama   $380,302  
 
October 9 Rich and Famous   $13,000,000  
Tattoo   $860,472  
 
October 16 All the Marbles   $4,300,000  
 
October 23 Das boot ist voll Drama   $1,016  
Enter the Ninja   $0  
Silence of the North Drama   $344,837  
 
October 30 Halloween II Horror $2,500,000 $25,533,818  
Looker Thriller/Suspense   $3,281,232  

November, 1981

November 6 Time Bandits Adventure $12,000,000 $37,400,000  
 
November 13 Dead and Buried   $216,166  
The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper Adventure $12,000,000 $2,104,164  
 
November 19 Absence of Malice Drama   $33,312,129  
 
November 20 Man of Iron   $0  
Ragtime Drama   $17,468,158  

December, 1981

December 2 Whose Life is it Anyway? Drama   $6,100,000  
 
December 4 On Golden Pond Drama   $119,285,432  
Reds Drama $33,500,000 $50,000,000  
 
December 9 Taps Drama $14,000,000 $35,856,053  
 
December 11 Buddy Buddy Comedy   $5,299,037  
Four Friends Drama   $0  
Pennies from Heaven Musical   $6,200,000  
Rollover Drama   $10,217,873  
 
December 18 Ghost Story Horror   $16,202,210  
Heartbeeps Comedy $10,000,000 $6,000,000  
Neighbors Comedy   $29,916,207  
Sharky's Machine Thriller/Suspense   $32,984,898  
 
December 25 Modern Problems Comedy $8,000,000 $24,474,312  
 
December 31 Clash of the Titans Action   $0  
Pick-up Summer   $28,756