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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 Murphy's Romance 12/25/1985 Sony Pictures Romantic Comedy PG-13 $27,087,182 7,301,127
29 Wildcats 2/14/1986 Warner Bros. Comedy R $26,285,544 7,085,052
30 Jumpin' Jack Flash 10/10/1986 20th Century Fox Comedy R $25,587,804 6,896,982
31 Little Shop of Horrors 12/19/1986 Warner Bros. Musical PG-13 $25,166,931 6,783,539
32 The Jewel of the Nile 12/11/1985 20th Century Fox Adventure PG $24,534,668 6,613,118
33 Rocky IV 11/27/1985 MGM Drama PG $22,348,825 6,023,942
34 A Room with a View 3/7/1986 Cinecom Comedy Not Rated $20,966,644 5,651,386
35 Lady and the Tramp 12/19/1986 Walt Disney Drama G $20,690,563 5,576,971
36 F/X 2/7/1986 Orion Pictures Action R $20,603,715 5,553,561
37 House 2/28/1986 New World Horror R $19,444,631 5,241,140
38 The Delta Force 2/14/1986 Cannon Action R $17,005,599 4,583,719
39 The Morning After 12/25/1986 20th Century Fox Thriller/Suspense R $16,661,935 4,491,087
40 Spies Like Us 12/6/1985 Warner Bros. Adventure PG $15,771,992 4,251,210
41 Legend 4/18/1986 Universal Adventure PG $15,502,112 4,178,466
42 Song of the South 11/12/1946 Walt Disney Adventure G $15,495,830 4,176,773
43 Youngblood 1/31/1986 MGM Drama R $15,448,400 4,163,989
44 White Nights 11/22/1985 Sony Pictures Thriller/Suspense PG-13 $12,292,932 3,313,458
45 Firewalker 11/21/1986 Cannon Adventure PG $11,834,302 3,189,838
46 101 Dalmatians 7/12/1991 Walt Disney Adventure G $10,816,304 2,915,445
47 Sleeping Beauty 3/21/1986 Walt Disney Drama G $9,464,608 2,551,107
48 Deadly Friend 10/10/1986 Warner Bros. Horror R $8,988,731 2,422,838
49 Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation 3/7/1986 Sony Pictures Adventure G $8,540,346 2,301,980
50 The Best of Times 1/31/1986 Universal Comedy PG-13 $7,790,931 2,099,981
51 Quicksilver 2/14/1986 Sony Pictures Drama PG $7,634,909 2,057,926
52 Runaway Train 12/6/1985 Cannon Action R $7,401,309 1,994,961
53 Back to the Future 7/3/1985 Universal Adventure PG $6,988,149 1,883,598
54 The Trip to Bountiful 12/20/1985 Island Drama PG $6,568,986 1,770,616
55 Brighton Beach Memoirs 12/25/1986 Universal Comedy PG-13 $6,079,854 1,638,774
56 Highlander 3/7/1986 20th Century Fox Action R $5,900,000 1,590,296
57 The Hitcher 2/21/1986 Sony/TriStar Horror R $5,844,868 1,575,436
58 Platoon 12/19/1986 Orion Pictures Drama R $5,201,366 1,401,985
59 52 Pick-Up 11/7/1986 Cannon Thriller/Suspense R $5,186,646 1,398,017
60 Out of Bounds 7/25/1986 Thriller/Suspense R $5,099,316 1,374,478
61 Twice in a Lifetime 10/23/1985 Bud Yorkin Co. Drama R $4,748,878 1,280,021
62 My Chauffeur 1/24/1986 Crown Comedy R $4,676,892 1,260,617
63 Brazil 12/18/1985 Universal Black Comedy R $4,648,940 1,253,083
64 Eliminators 1/31/1986 Empire Pictures Action PG $4,601,256 1,240,230
65 Fire with Fire 5/9/1986 Paramount Pictures Drama R $4,577,139 1,233,730
66 Troll 1/17/1986 Empire Pictures Horror PG-13 $4,542,346 1,224,352
67 A Chorus Line 12/10/1985 Sony Pictures Musical PG-13 $4,517,692 1,217,706
68 That's Life! 9/26/1986 Sony Pictures Comedy PG-13 $4,079,895 1,099,702
69 Enemy Mine 12/20/1985 20th Century Fox Drama PG-13 $4,005,684 1,079,699
70 Power 1/31/1986 20th Century Fox Drama R $3,800,000 1,024,258
71 American Anthem 6/27/1986 Sony Pictures Drama PG-13 $3,571,624 962,701
72 Young Sherlock Holmes 12/4/1985 Paramount Pictures Adventure PG-13 $2,918,243 786,588
73 Desert Hearts 3/7/1986 Samuel Goldwyn Films Drama R $2,492,088 671,721
74 Kiss of the Spider Woman 6/29/2001 Island/Alive Drama R $2,327,431 627,339
75 Clue 12/13/1985 Paramount Pictures Comedy PG $2,245,304 605,203
76 Heathcliff: The Movie 1/17/1986 Atlantic Adventure G $2,091,504 563,747
77 Hey There, It's Yogi Bear 1/17/1986 Atlantic Adventure G $1,940,903 523,154
78 Jagged Edge 10/4/1985 Sony Pictures Thriller/Suspense R $1,723,064 464,437
79 Link 9/19/1986 Horror R $1,720,450 463,733
80 Pirates 7/1/1986 R $1,641,825 442,540
81 The Mission 10/31/1986 Warner Bros. Drama PG $1,619,459 436,511
82 Ran 12/20/1985 Rialto Pictures Drama R $1,273,163 343,170
83 The Adventures of Mark Twain 1/17/1986 Atlantic Adventure G $646,803 174,340
84 To Live and Die in L.A. 11/1/1985 MGM Action R $606,146 163,381
85 Knights of the City 2/14/1986 New World Action R $601,451 162,116
86 'Night Mother 9/12/1986 PG-13 $441,863 119,100
87 Fool For Love 12/6/1985 Cannon Drama PG-13 $400,603 107,979
88 TerrorVision 2/14/1986 Empire Pictures Horror R $320,256 86,322
89 Every Time We Say Goodbye 11/14/1986 Sony/TriStar Drama PG-13 $278,623 75,100
90 Lady Jane 2/7/1986 Paramount Pictures Drama PG-13 $277,646 74,837
91 The Boy in Blue 1/17/1986 20th Century Fox Drama R $275,000 74,123
92 The Longshot 1/17/1986 Orion Pictures Comedy PG-13 $256,301 69,083
93 King Solomon's Mines 11/22/1985 Cannon Adventure PG-13 $238,227 64,212
94 Willy/Milly 11/14/1986 PG-13 $235,262 63,412
95 Matador 1/1/1986 NC-17 $206,952 55,782
96 Revolution 12/25/1985 Warner Bros. Drama PG-13 $170,059 45,838
97 Let's Get Harry 10/31/1986 Action R $140,980 38,000
98 Never too Young to Die 6/13/1986 Paul Entertainment Adventure R $129,508 34,907
99 Santa Claus 11/29/1985 Sony/TriStar Adventure PG $124,150 33,463
100 The Mystery of Picasso 2/21/1986 Goldwyn Entertainment Documentary PG $50,253 13,545
101 Wetherby 7/19/1985 MGM/UA Classics Drama R $42,592 11,480
102 Stripper 1/31/1986 20th Century Fox Documentary R $39,065 10,529
103 The Imagemaker 1/24/1986 Castle Hill Productions Thriller/Suspense R $24,562 6,620
104 Kaos 2/14/1986 MGM/UA Classics Drama R $11,412 3,076
105 Duet for One 1/1/1986 R $9,000 2,425
106 Those Glory, Glory Days 1/22/1986 Cinecom Comedy PG $2,968 800
107 Arthur's Hallowed Ground 2/5/1986 Cinecom Comedy Not Rated $1,726 465
108 Winter Flight 2/14/1986 Cinecom Drama Not Rated $1,621 436
Total Gross of All Movies$2,236,556,408
Total Tickets Sold602,845,341

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