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Annual Movie Chart - 1986

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Note: This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 1986. It includes movies released in previous years that earned money during 1986. For example, a movie released over Thanksgiving in 1985 will most likely earn money in 1985 and 1986. Click on the individual movie to see its total gross over all the years in which it played.

Each box office year ends on the first Sunday of the following year. The next year starts the following day (Monday). For example, the "2004 box office year" ended on Sunday, January 2, 2005.

Inflation-adjusted figures are based on ticket sale estimates.

See Top 1986 Movies at the Domestic Box Office for the total domestic box office for the top 100 movies released in 1986.

Top Grossing Movies of 1986

RankMovieRelease
Date
DistributorGenreMPAA1986 GrossTickets Sold
1 Top Gun 5/16/1986 Paramount Pictures Action PG $168,458,001 45,406,469
2 Crocodile Dundee 9/26/1986 Paramount Pictures Comedy PG-13 $129,589,193 34,929,701
3 The Karate Kid, Part II 6/20/1986 Sony Pictures Action PG $115,103,979 31,025,331
4 Back to School 6/13/1986 Orion Pictures Comedy PG-13 $91,258,000 24,597,843
5 Aliens 7/18/1986 20th Century Fox Action R $85,160,248 22,954,244
6 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 11/26/1986 Paramount Pictures Adventure PG $83,867,664 22,605,839
7 The Color Purple 12/18/1985 Warner Bros. Drama PG-13 $79,672,379 21,475,034
8 Ruthless People 6/27/1986 Walt Disney Comedy R $71,624,879 19,305,897
9 Ferris Bueller's Day Off 6/11/1986 Paramount Pictures Comedy PG-13 $70,136,369 18,904,681
10 Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1/31/1986 Walt Disney Comedy R $62,134,225 16,747,769
11 The Golden Child 12/12/1986 Paramount Pictures Action PG-13 $54,500,686 14,690,211
12 Out of Africa 12/18/1985 Universal Drama PG $52,411,671 14,127,135
13 Stand by Me 8/8/1986 Sony Pictures Drama R $52,287,414 14,093,642
14 Legal Eagles 6/18/1986 Universal Comedy PG $49,851,591 13,437,086
15 Cobra 5/23/1986 Cannon Action R $49,042,224 13,218,928
16 An American Tail 11/21/1986 Universal Adventure G $46,017,250 12,403,571
17 The Color of Money 10/17/1986 Walt Disney Drama R $44,852,668 12,089,667
18 Police Academy 3: Back in Training 3/21/1986 Warner Bros. Comedy PG $43,579,163 11,746,405
19 Peggy Sue Got Married 10/10/1986 Sony/TriStar Comedy PG-13 $41,382,841 11,154,404
20 Poltergeist II: The Other Side 5/23/1986 MGM Horror PG-13 $40,996,665 11,050,314
21 Short Circuit 5/9/1986 Sony/TriStar Comedy PG $40,697,761 10,969,746
22 Pretty in Pink 2/28/1986 Paramount Pictures Comedy PG-13 $40,471,663 10,908,804
23 Hannah and Her Sisters 2/7/1986 Orion Pictures Romantic Comedy PG-13 $40,084,041 10,804,323
24 Heartbreak Ridge 12/5/1986 Warner Bros. Action R $39,518,715 10,651,944
25 Running Scared 6/27/1986 MGM Comedy R $38,500,726 10,377,554
26 The Money Pit 3/26/1986 Universal Comedy PG $37,499,651 10,107,722
27 Nothing in Common 7/30/1986 Sony/TriStar Comedy PG $32,324,000 8,712,668
28 Jumpin' Jack Flash 10/10/1986 20th Century Fox Comedy R $25,587,804 6,896,982
29 Little Shop of Horrors 12/19/1986 Warner Bros. Musical PG-13 $25,166,931 6,783,539
30 The Jewel of the Nile 12/11/1985 20th Century Fox Adventure PG $24,534,668 6,613,118
31 Rocky IV 11/27/1985 MGM Drama PG $22,348,825 6,023,942
32 A Room with a View 3/7/1986 Cinecom Comedy Not Rated $20,966,644 5,651,386
33 Lady and the Tramp 12/19/1986 Walt Disney Drama G $20,690,563 5,576,971
34 House 2/28/1986 New World Horror R $19,444,631 5,241,140
35 The Morning After 12/25/1986 20th Century Fox Thriller/Suspense R $16,661,935 4,491,087
36 Spies Like Us 12/6/1985 Warner Bros. Adventure PG $15,771,992 4,251,210
37 Legend 4/18/1986 Universal Adventure PG $15,502,112 4,178,466
38 Song of the South 11/12/1946 Walt Disney Adventure G $15,495,830 4,176,773
39 White Nights 11/22/1985 Sony Pictures Thriller/Suspense PG-13 $12,292,932 3,313,458
40 Firewalker 11/21/1986 Cannon Adventure PG $11,834,302 3,189,838
41 101 Dalmatians 7/12/1991 Walt Disney Adventure G $10,816,304 2,915,445
42 Deadly Friend 10/10/1986 Warner Bros. Horror R $8,988,731 2,422,838
43 Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation 3/7/1986 Sony Pictures Adventure G $8,540,346 2,301,980
44 Back to the Future 7/3/1985 Universal Adventure PG $6,988,149 1,883,598
45 Brighton Beach Memoirs 12/25/1986 Universal Comedy PG-13 $6,079,854 1,638,774
46 Highlander 3/7/1986 20th Century Fox Action R $5,900,000 1,590,296
47 The Hitcher 2/21/1986 Sony/TriStar Horror R $5,844,868 1,575,436
48 Platoon 12/19/1986 Orion Pictures Drama R $5,201,366 1,401,985
49 52 Pick-Up 11/7/1986 Cannon Thriller/Suspense R $5,186,646 1,398,017
50 Brazil 12/18/1985 Universal Black Comedy R $4,648,940 1,253,083
51 Fire with Fire 5/9/1986 Paramount Pictures Drama R $4,577,139 1,233,730
52 That's Life! 9/26/1986 Sony Pictures Comedy PG-13 $4,079,895 1,099,702
53 American Anthem 6/27/1986 Sony Pictures Drama PG-13 $3,000,000 808,625
54 Young Sherlock Holmes 12/4/1985 Paramount Pictures Adventure PG-13 $2,918,243 786,588
55 Desert Hearts 3/7/1986 Samuel Goldwyn Films Drama R $2,492,088 671,721
56 Heathcliff: The Movie 1/17/1986 Atlantic Adventure G $2,091,504 563,747
57 Hey There, It's Yogi Bear 1/17/1986 Atlantic Adventure G $1,940,903 523,154
58 Jagged Edge 10/4/1985 Sony Pictures Thriller/Suspense R $1,723,064 464,437
59 Pirates 7/1/1986 R $1,641,825 442,540
60 The Mission 10/31/1986 Warner Bros. Drama PG $1,619,459 436,511
61 Ran 12/20/1985 Rialto Pictures Drama R $1,273,163 343,170
62 Fool For Love 12/6/1985 Cannon Drama PG-13 $400,603 107,979
63 Every Time We Say Goodbye 11/14/1986 Sony/TriStar Drama PG-13 $278,623 75,100
64 Lady Jane 2/7/1986 Paramount Pictures Drama PG-13 $277,646 74,837
65 Matador 1/1/1986 NC-17 $206,952 55,782
66 Revolution 12/25/1985 Warner Bros. Drama PG-13 $170,059 45,838
67 Never too Young to Die 6/13/1986 Paul Entertainment Adventure R $129,508 34,907
68 Stripper 1/31/1986 20th Century Fox Documentary R $39,065 10,529
Total Gross of All Movies$2,044,377,779
Total Tickets Sold551,045,191

Our Theatrical Market pages are based on the Domestic Theatrical Market performance only. The Domestic Market is defined as the North American movie territory (consisting of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam).

The yearly amounts on our Theatrical Market pages are based on box office years. Each box office year starts on the first Monday of the year, so the previous year ends on the Sunday before the first Monday. For example, the "2017 box office year" started on January 2, 2017 so the "2016 box office year" ended on Sunday, January 1, 2017.

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