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Top 1981 Movies at the Domestic Box Office


See also: Top 1981 International - Top 1981 Worldwide

Other Domestic Cumulative records: All Time Domestic - All Time Domestic (Inf. Adj.) - Top 2016 Domestic - Top 2017 Domestic

This chart contains the total domestic box office for the top 100 movies released in 1981.

See Top Grossing Movies of 1981 for a list of movies that earned most at the domestic box office during 1981, including films released in 1980.

Top 1980 Domestic Top 1982 Domestic
Rank Movie Domestic
Box
Office
Opening
Theater
Count
Opening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
1 Raiders of the Lost Ark $248,159,971 1,078 $8,305,823 1,400
2 On Golden Pond $119,285,432 2 $89,213 1,015
3 Superman II $108,185,706 1,395 $14,100,523 1,887
4 Stripes $85,300,000 1,074 $6,152,166 1,117
5 Arthur $81,464,486 701 $2,719,534 949
6 The Cannonball Run $57,498,710 1,680 $11,765,654 1,692
7 Chariots of Fire $57,159,946 3 $68,907 810
8 For Your Eyes Only $54,800,000 952 $6,834,967 1,086
9 Reds $50,000,000 389 $2,411,083 665
10 The Fox and the Hound $43,899,231 1,030 $4,215,000 1,567
11 The Four Seasons $42,488,161 623 $4,128,525 634
12 Time Bandits $37,400,000 821 $6,507,356 1,046
13 Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams $37,000,000 1,390 $8,153,738 1,390
14 Tarzan, The Ape Man $36,565,000 930 $6,700,809 1,113
15 Taps $35,856,053 3 $93,005 792
16 Excalibur $34,200,000 692 $4,519,706 839
17 Absence of Malice $33,312,129 2 $64,775 994
18 Endless Love $33,000,000 580 $4,162,921 632
19 Sharky's Machine $32,984,898 1,388 $3,022,041 1,442
20 An American Werewolf in London $31,973,249 870 $3,786,512 870
21 History of the World: Part I $31,672,000 484 $4,892,731 606
22 Bustin' Loose $31,261,000 828 $4,798,289 833
23 The Great Muppet Caper $31,206,251 680 $2,760,026 700
24 Clash of the Titans $30,000,000 0 $6,580,742 1,127
25 Neighbors $29,916,207 1,387 $6,481,386 1,415
26 Fort Apache, The Bronx $29,200,000 0 $0 0
27 The Jazz Singer $27,118,000 0 $0 0
28 Only When I Laugh $25,782,304 758 $3,880,870 799
29 Halloween II $25,533,818 1,217 $7,676,836 1,217
30 Escape from New York $25,244,700 579 $4,162,385 579
31 Modern Problems $24,474,312 1,111 $4,758,371 1,184
32 Body Heat $24,058,000 34 $564,593 814
33 Graduation Day $23,894,000 0 $0 0
34 The French Lieutenant's Woman $22,600,000 4 $124,110 510
35 Friday the 13th Part 2 $21,722,776 1,350 $6,429,784 1,350
36 The Final Conflict $20,471,000 918 $5,571,675 918
37 The Incredible Shrinking Woman $20,259,000 789 $4,279,264 789
38 Outland $20,000,000 331 $2,455,000 761
39 Heavy Metal $19,571,091 620 $3,261,186 752
40 Mommie Dearest $19,032,000 85 $905,920 930
41 Paternity $18,838,000 1,072 $3,610,147 1,075
42 Under the Rainbow $18,826,490 488 $2,287,205 792
43 Private Lessons $18,064,851 134 $1,177,841 224
44 The Private Eyes $18,000,000 0 $0 0
45 The Howling $17,985,000 0 $0 0
46 Eye of the Needle $17,583,000 458 $1,832,928 467
47 Take This Job and Shove It $17,569,000 500 $3,121,433 500
48 Ragtime $17,468,158 5 $151,351 500
49 Ghost Story $16,202,210 548 $2,105,729 600
50 The Devil and Max Devlin $16,000,000 0 $0 0
51 Caveman $15,965,000 0 $0 563
52 Continental Divide $15,578,000 864 $3,218,347 864
53 S.O.B. $14,867,086 639 $0 639
54 Nighthawks $14,600,000 659 $2,525,360 659
55 Scanners $14,200,000 0 $0 0
56 The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia $14,000,000 500 $2,534,729 500
57 Blow Out $13,747,234 708 $3,000,000 708
58 The Legend of the Lone Ranger $13,400,000 980 $2,700,000 980
59 On the Right Track $13,000,000 0 $0 36
60 Rich and Famous $13,000,000 650 $2,337,594 650
61 The Postman Always Rings Twice $12,200,000 0 $0 0
62 True Confessions $12,200,000 4 $154,923 458
63 First Monday in October $12,000,000 525 $2,714,682 525
64 Back Roads $11,809,387 805 $3,046,339 805
65 Raggedy Man $11,000,000 189 $287,081 189
66 Wolfen $11,000,000 967 $3,037,911 967
67 Victory $10,853,000 692 $2,488,808 692
68 Happy Birthday To Me $10,609,514 0 $0 782
69 Rollover $10,217,873 755 $2,260,689 755

The Domestic Market is defined as the North American movie territory (consisting of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam).

This table is updated daily to reflect the latest studio reports.

Note: This chart is not adjusted for inflation.

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