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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $169,100,479Details
International Box Office $171,700,000Details
Worldwide Box Office $340,800,479
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  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 279 $169,100,479
All Time International Box Office (Rank 401-500) 470 $171,700,000
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 301-400) 363 $340,800,479

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

Movie Details

Production Budget:$20,000,000
Domestic Releases: November 16th, 1977 (Wide) by Columbia
September 1st, 2017 (Limited) by Sony Pictures
International Releases: May 27th, 2016 (Limited), released as Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Director's Cut (Re: 2016) (United Kingdom)
Video Release: May 29th, 2001 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 134 minutes
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Keywords: Friendly Alien on Earth, Visual Effects, First Contact
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, EMI, Phillips, Steven Spielberg
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Fastest to $100m 545 $166,000,000 Dec 31, 1977 46
Fastest to $150m 277 $166,000,000 Dec 31, 1977 46
Fastest to $50m 1,377 $166,000,000 Dec 31, 1977 46
Theater Average 5th Weekend 18 $19,924 Dec 16, 1977 33

Leading Cast

   Roy Neary
   Ronnie Neary
   Jillian Guiler

Supporting Cast

François Truffaut    Claude Lacombe
Cary Guffey    Barry Guiler
Bob Balaban    David Laughlin
J. Patrick McNamara    Project Leader
Warren Kemmerling    Wild Bill
Roberts Blossom    Farmer
Phillip Dodds    Jean Claude
Shawn Bishop    Brad Neary
Adrienne Campbell    Silvia Neary
Justin Dreyfuss    Toby Neary
Lance Henriksen    Robert
Merrill Connally    Team Leader
George DiCenzo    Major Benchley
Amy Douglass    Implantee
Alexander Lockwood    Implantee
Gene Dynarski    Ike
Mary Gafrey    Mrs. Harris
Norman Bartold    Ohio Tolls
Robert Ernest    Highway Patrolman
Carl Weathers    Military Police
F.J. O'Neil    ARP Project Member
Phil Dodds    ARP Musician
Randy Herman    Flight 19 Returnee
Hal Barwood    Flight 19 Returnee
Matthew Robbins    Flight 19 Returnee
David Anderson    Air Traffic Controller
Richard L. Hawkins    Air Traffic Controller
Craig Sheeve    Air Traffic
Bill Thurman    Air Traffic
Roy E. Richards    Air East Pilot
Gene Rader    Hawker
Eumenio Blanco    Federale
Daniel Nunez    Federale
Chuy Franco    Luis Contreras
James Keane    Radio Telescope Team
Dennis McMullen    Radio Telescope Team
Cy Young    Robert Telescope Team
Tom Howard    Radio Telescope Team
Richard Stuart    Truck Despatcher
Bob Westmoreland    Load Dispatcher
Matt Emery    Support Leader
Galen Thompson    Special Forces
John Dennis Johnston    Special Forces
John Ewing    Dirty Tricks
Robert Broyles    Dirty Tricks
Kirk Raymond    Dirty Tricks


Michael J. Dyer    Himself

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

Production and Technical Credits

Steven Spielberg    Screenwriter
Julia Phillips    Producer
Michael Phillips    Producer
Vilmos Zsigmond    Director of Photography
Douglas Trumbull    Visual Effects Designer
John Williams    Composer
Clark Paylow    Associate Producer
Chuck Myers    Assistant Director
Clark Paylow    Unit Production Manager
Joe Alves    Production Designer
Dan Lomino    Art Director
Phil Abramson    Set Decorator
William A. Fraker    Director of Photography Additional American Scenes
Douglas Slocombe    Director of Photography India Sequences
Allen Daviau    Director of Photography Additional Material, Special Edition
Steven Poster    Second Unit Camera
John A. Alonzo    Additional Photography
Laszlo Kovacs    Additional Photography
Frank Stanley    Additional Photography
Roy Arbogast    Special Effects
Matthew Yuricich    Matte Artist
Gregory Jein    Chief Model Maker
Richard Yuricich    Director of Photography Special Effects
Michael Kahn    Editor
Gene Contamessa    Sound Mixer
Robert Knudson    Re-recording Mixer
Don MacDougall    Re-recording Mixer
Robert J. Glass    Re-recording Mixer
Frank E. Warner    Supervising Sound Effects Editor
Richard Oswald    Sound Effects Editor
David M. Horton    Sound Effects Editor
Sam Gemette    Sound Effects Editor
Gary S. Gerlich    Sound Effects Editor
Chet Slomka    Sound Effects Editor
Neil Burrow    Sound Effects Editor
Jack Schrader    Supervising Dialogue Editor
Dick Friedman    Dialogue Editor
Ken Wannberg    Music Editor
Bob Westmoreland    Makeup
Edie Panda    Hairstylist
Shari Rhodes    Casting
Juliet Taylor    Casting
Sally Dennison    Additional Casting

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

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August 31st, 2017

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Not only will this weekend likely be the worst weekend of the year, there’s a very high likelihood it will be the worst weekend in over a decade. It arguably could be the worst weekend of all time. There are no wide releases, or even semi-wide releases. The widest “new” release of the week is the 40th Anniversary re-release for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but last week’s 3D re-release for Terminator 2: Judgment Day suggests it won't come close to the top ten. Tulip Fever is a long-delayed Weinstein Co. release and just avoiding the Mendoza Line would be a reason to celebrate. Up next in terms of theater counts is Hazlo Como Hombre. It is a Chilean film and films aimed at Hispanics have had success in recent years. They only need to earn just over $2 million during the three-day weekend to reach the top ten, so one of them could get there, but that’s not a sure thing. This leaves The Hitman’s Bodyguard with an easy path to first place. This weekend last year, the biggest new release was The Light Between Oceans, which earned just under $5 million. Sadly, this might be more than all three new releases earn this year. Last year the overall box office finished just under $100 million. More...

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1977/12/16 1 $5,379,460   270 $19,924   $5,379,460 5
2017/09/01 14 $1,767,758   901 $1,962   $167,767,758 2,077
2017/09/08 23 $309,268 -83% 787 $393   $168,890,338 2,078
2017/09/15 43 $44,181 -86% 138 $320   $169,077,585 2,079

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1977/12/26 1 $3,026,558   571 $5,300   $8,406,018 41
2017/09/01 12 $483,575   901 $537   $166,483,575 14,535
2017/09/02 15 $652,514 +35% 901 $724   $167,136,089 14,536
2017/09/03 - $631,669 -3% 901 $701   $167,767,758 14,537
2017/09/04 15 $453,199 -28% 901 $503   $168,220,957 14,538
2017/09/05 11 $148,480 -67% 901 $165   $168,369,437 14,539
2017/09/06 10 $135,852 -9% 901 $151   $168,505,289 14,540
2017/09/07 12 $75,781 -44% 901 $84   $168,581,070 14,541
2017/09/08 - $87,686 +16% 787 $111   $168,668,756 14,542
2017/09/09 - $136,481 +56% 787 $173   $168,805,237 14,543
2017/09/10 - $85,101 -38% 787 $108   $168,890,338 14,544
2017/09/11 - $31,874 -63% 787 $41   $168,922,212 14,545
2017/09/12 - $42,476 +33% 787 $54   $168,964,688 14,546
2017/09/13 - $38,369 -10% 787 $49   $169,003,057 14,547
2017/09/14 - $30,347 -21% 787 $39   $169,033,404 14,548
2017/09/15 - $11,529 -62% 138 $84   $169,044,933 14,549
2017/09/16 - $20,387 +77% 138 $148   $169,065,320 14,550
2017/09/17 - $12,265 -40% 138 $89   $169,077,585 14,551
2017/09/18 - $4,992 -59% 138 $36   $169,082,577 14,552
2017/09/19 - $6,091 +22% 138 $44   $169,088,668 14,553
2017/09/20 - $5,817 -4% 138 $42   $169,094,485 14,554
2017/09/21 - $5,994 +3% 138 $43   $169,100,479 14,555

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2017/09/01 14 $2,581,070   901 $2,865   $168,581,070 2,078
2017/09/08 25 $452,334 -82% 787 $575   $169,033,404 2,079
2017/09/15 40 $67,075 -85% 138 $486   $169,100,479 2,080

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
United Kingdom 5/27/2016 $9,363 1 1 1 $9,363 6/9/2016
Rest of World $171,690,637
International Total$171,700,000 6/9/2016

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
9/24/2017129,327 9,327$195,767$195,767852

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