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Airplane! (1980)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $83,453,539Details
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Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 801-900) 872 $83,453,539
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,701-1,800) 1,743 $83,453,539
All Time Domestic Box Office for Comedy Movies (Rank 101-200) 157 $83,453,539
All Time Worldwide Box Office for Comedy Movies (Rank 201-300) 281 $83,453,539

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Production Budget:$3,500,000
Domestic Releases: July 4th, 1980 (Wide) by Paramount Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 88 minutes
Franchise: Airplane
Comparisons: vs. Caddyshack
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Keywords: Spoof, Travel Industry, Epilogue, Disaster, In a Plane, Religious, Terminal Illness, War, Relationships Gone Wrong, Food, Non-Chronological, Breaking the Fourth Wall, Addiction, Mental Illness, Invented Language, Directing Yourself, Voiceover/Narration, Flight Attendant
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Production Countries: United States

Leading Cast

   Ted Striker
   Elaine Dickinson

Supporting Cast

Leslie Nielsen    Doctor Rumack
Lloyd Bridges    Steve McCroskey
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar    Roger Murdock


David Zucker    Ground Crewman #1
Jerry Zucker    Ground Crewman #2
James Hong    Japanese General
Jonathan Banks    Gunderson
Jim Abrahams    Religious Zealot #6

For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary.

Production and Technical Credits


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May 22nd, 2015

There are two wide releases coming out next week, Aloha and San Andreas. The former will likely earn better reviews, but the latter will likely open faster. Because of this, it is the target film in this week's box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for San Andreas.

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for September 11th, 2012

September 11th, 2012

This week is again dominated with TV on DVD releases, including more than half the first page on's list of best-selling new releases. There is one first-run release that is doing really well: Snow White and the Huntsman - Extended Edition on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. It's worth picking up, but not Pick of the Week material. To find contenders for that title, one must look to the TV on DVD releases, including 30 Rock: Season Six and Absolutely Fabulous: 20th Anniversary Specials. But the winner was Castle: Season Four. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 11th, 2011

October 12th, 2011

It's not a particularly strong week on the home market. The biggest first run release coming out this week is Horrible Bosses, which was a surprise $100 million hit. Green Lantern will likely be the best selling release of the week, but it disappointed with critics and at the box office. As far as the best of the best goes, The Tree of Life Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack is the best bet as far as Pick of the Week goes, bu there are a few others that are worth picking up. There are also a couple of late arrivals that deserve honorable mentions this week: Castle: Season Three and Dumbo - Blu-ray Combo Pack. More...

Featured Blu-ray Review: Airplane, Naked Gun, and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

October 8th, 2011

At the end of September, a trio of comedies from the 1980s were released on Blu-ray for the first time: Airplane, The Naked Gun, and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. At the moment, they are exclusive to Best Buy in the States and Future Shop up here in Canada. But are they worth going out of your way to grab? More...

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