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Alien (1979)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $80,930,630Details
International Box Office $122,700,000Details
Worldwide Box Office $203,630,630
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  5. Video Sales
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer

Metrics

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

RecordRankAmount
All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 801-900) 900 $80,930,630
All Time International Box Office (Rank 601-700) 655 $122,700,000
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 701-800) 706 $203,630,630
All Time Domestic Box Office for R Movies (Rank 201-300) 226 $80,930,630
All Time International Box Office for R Movies (Rank 101-200) 127 $122,700,000
All Time Worldwide Box Office for R Movies (Rank 101-200) 157 $203,630,630

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


Movie Details

Production Budget:$9,000,000
Domestic Releases: May 25th, 1979 (Wide) by 20th Century Fox
October 29th, 2003 (Limited) by 20th Century Fox
International Releases: October 31st, 2003 (Limited), released as Alien (Re: 2014) (United Kingdom)
Video Release: December 7th, 1992 by Fox Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 117 minutes
Franchise: Alien
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Keywords: Visual Effects, Parasite
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Horror
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Production Companies: Twentieth Century Fox
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankAmountChart
Date
Days In
Release
Fastest to $50m 1,448 $50,790,764 Aug 3, 1979 77
Independence Day (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 185 $12,024,563 Jul 6, 1979 45
Theater Average 4th Weekend 67 $15,140 Jun 15, 1979 24
Theater Average 3rd Weekend 73 $20,221 Jun 8, 1979 17
Memorial Day (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 147 $12,490,427 May 25, 1979 3
Memorial Day (Opening, 3-Day) 84 $3,522,581 May 25, 1979 3
Memorial Day (Opening, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 75 $12,490,427 May 25, 1979 3

Cast

   Dallas
   Ripley
Veronica Cartwright    Lambert
Harry Dean Stanton    Brett
John Hurt    Kane
Ian Holm    Ash
Yaphet Kotto    Parker
Helen Horton    Voice of Mother

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Dan O'Bannon
Story Creator    Dan O'Bannon
Story Creator    Ronald Shusett
Composer    Jerry Goldsmith
Producer    Gordon Carroll
Producer    David Giler
Producer    Walter Hill
Executive Producer    Ronald Shusett
Associate Producer    Ivor Powell
Assistant Director    Paul Ibbetson
Production Manager    Garth Thomas
Production Designer    Michael Seymour
Art Director    Les Dilley
Art Director    Roger Christian
Set Decorator    Ian Whittaker
Visual Consultant    Dan O'Bannon
Director of Photography    Derek Vanlint
Director of Photography    Denys Ayling
Special Effects    H.R. Giger
Special Effects    Carlo Rambaldi
Special Effects Supervisor    Brian Johnson, Jr.
Special Effects Supervisor    Nick Allder
Costume Designer    John Mollo
Costume Supervisor    Tiny Nicholls
Editor    Terry Rawlings
Editor    Peter Weatherley
Sound Mixer    Derrick Leather
Re-recording Mixer    Bill Rowe
Sound Editor    Jim Shield
Dialogue Editor    Bryan Tilling
Music Editor    Bob Hathaway
Make up    Tommy Manderson
Casting Director    Mary Goldberg
Casting Director    Mary Selway
Stunt Coordinator    Roy Scammel

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records


Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1979/05/25 1 $3,522,581   91 $38,710   $3,522,581 1
1979/06/01 1 $2,192,025 -38% 91 $24,088   $6,950,663 2
1979/06/08 1 $2,669,177 +22% 132 $20,221   $11,051,322 3
1979/06/15 2 $2,240,772 -16% 148 $15,140   $14,923,670 4
1979/06/22 1 $5,312,945 +137% 635 $8,367   $21,778,983 5
1979/06/29 2 $4,560,137 -14% 745 $6,121   $29,338,183 6
1979/07/06 1 $3,391,197 -26% 757 $4,480   $35,795,497 7
1979/07/13 1 $2,777,042 -18% 733 $3,789   $40,515,877 8
1979/07/20 1 $2,246,329 -19% 695 $3,232   $44,195,413 9
1979/07/27 2 $1,816,627 -19% 681 $2,668   $47,332,006 10
1979/08/03 3 $1,533,612 -16% 613 $2,502   $49,909,464 11
1979/08/10 3 $1,301,922 -15% 582 $2,237   $52,092,686 12
1979/08/17 3 $993,340 -24% 419 $2,371   $53,802,893 13
1979/08/24 3 $957,284 -4% 422 $2,268   $55,309,035 14
1979/08/31 1 $1,049,075 +10% 369 $2,843   $56,863,418 15
1979/09/07 1 $649,505 -38% 357 $1,819   $57,733,690 16
1979/09/14 1 $485,711 -25% 317 $1,532   $58,443,685 17
1979/09/21 1 $540,887 +11% 360 $1,502   $59,154,839 18
1979/09/28 1 $393,452 -27% 291 $1,352   $59,735,665 19
1979/10/05 2 $286,282 -27% 240 $1,193   $60,150,933 20
2003/10/31 16 $1,023,665   347 $2,950   $1,287,560 1,276
2003/11/07 24 $254,715 -75% 331 $770   $1,798,175 1,277
2003/11/14 58 $22,555 -91% 21 $1,074   $1,954,649 1,278
2003/11/21 81 $9,879 -56% 19 $520   $1,974,937 1,279
2003/11/28 86 $4,403 -55% 11 $400   $1,983,690 1,280

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1979/05/25 1 $4,758,638   91 $52,293   $4,758,638 1
1979/06/01 1 $3,623,507 -24% 91 $39,819   $8,382,145 2
1979/06/08 1 $4,300,753 +19% 132 $32,581   $12,682,898 3
1979/06/15 1 $3,783,140 -12% 148 $25,562   $16,466,038 4
1979/06/22 1 $8,312,008 +120% 635 $13,090   $24,778,046 5
1979/06/29 1 $7,626,254 -8% 745 $10,237   $32,404,300 6
1979/07/06 1 $5,334,535 -30% 757 $7,047   $37,738,835 7
1979/07/13 1 $4,210,249 -21% 733 $5,744   $41,949,084 8
1979/07/20 1 $3,566,295 -15% 695 $5,131   $45,515,379 9
1979/07/27 1 $2,860,473 -20% 681 $4,200   $48,375,852 10
1979/08/03 2 $2,414,912 -16% 613 $3,939   $50,790,764 11
1979/08/10 1 $2,018,789 -16% 582 $3,469   $52,809,553 12
1979/08/17 1 $1,542,198 -24% 419 $3,681   $54,351,751 13
1979/08/24 1 $1,462,592 -5% 422 $3,466   $55,814,343 14
1979/08/31 1 $1,269,842 -13% 369 $3,441   $57,084,185 15
1979/09/07 1 $873,789 -31% 357 $2,448   $57,957,974 16
1979/09/14 1 $655,978 -25% 317 $2,069   $58,613,952 17
1979/09/21 1 $728,261 +11% 360 $2,023   $59,342,213 18
1979/09/28 1 $522,438 -28% 291 $1,795   $59,864,651 19
2003/10/31 18 $1,279,565   347 $3,688   $1,543,460 1,276
2003/11/07 23 $388,634 -70% 331 $1,174   $1,932,094 1,277
2003/11/14 61 $32,964 -92% 21 $1,570   $1,965,058 1,278
2003/11/21 79 $14,229 -57% 19 $749   $1,979,287 1,279

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
United Kingdom 10/31/2003 $0 0 2 2 $137,230 6/8/2016
 
Rest of World $122,562,770
 
International Total$122,700,000 6/8/2016

International Cumulative Box Office Records


Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records


Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
5/15/20111216,414 16,414$246,049$246,049962

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