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Dances with Wolves (1990)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $184,208,842Details
International Box Office $239,991,158Details
Worldwide Box Office $424,200,000
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  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer

Metrics

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

RecordRankAmount
All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 218 $184,208,842
All Time International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 282 $239,991,158
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 244 $424,200,000
Leggiest Movies 27 15.48

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


Movie Details

Production Budget:$19,000,000
Domestic Releases: November 9th, 1990 (Wide) by Orion Pictures
Video Release: April 20th, 1993 by Orion Video
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 181 minutes
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Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Western
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Tig Productions
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankAmountChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest Domestic 33rd Weekend 12 $716,449 Jun 21, 1991 227
Biggest Domestic 32nd Weekend 13 $784,346 Jun 14, 1991 220
Biggest Domestic 30th Weekend 15 $806,709 May 31, 1991 206
Biggest Domestic 29th Weekend 16 $1,209,017 May 24, 1991 199
Biggest Domestic 28th Weekend 13 $1,396,192 May 17, 1991 192
Biggest Domestic 27th Weekend 10 $1,436,476 May 10, 1991 185
Biggest Domestic 26th Weekend 8 $1,838,329 May 3, 1991 178
Biggest Domestic 25th Weekend 10 $2,065,096 Apr 26, 1991 171
Biggest Domestic 24th Weekend 5 $2,940,860 Apr 19, 1991 164
Biggest Domestic 23rd Weekend 5 $3,467,181 Apr 12, 1991 157
Biggest Domestic 22nd Weekend 2 $4,014,945 Apr 5, 1991 150
Fastest to $150m 322 $150,666,372 Apr 5, 1991 150
Biggest Domestic 21st Weekend 2 $5,406,366 Mar 29, 1991 143
Easter (All Movies, 3-Day) 161 $5,406,366 Mar 29, 1991 143
Easter (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 123 $11,519,027 Mar 29, 1991 143
Theater Average 21st Weekend 70 $3,335 Mar 29, 1991 143
Biggest Domestic 20th Weekend 3 $3,750,142 Mar 22, 1991 136
Biggest Domestic 19th Weekend 10 $2,816,640 Mar 15, 1991 129
Biggest Domestic 18th Weekend 12 $3,381,254 Mar 8, 1991 122
Biggest Domestic 17th Weekend 11 $3,942,518 Mar 1, 1991 115
Biggest Domestic 16th Weekend 11 $4,225,329 Feb 22, 1991 108
Biggest Domestic 15th Weekend 6 $6,202,141 Feb 15, 1991 101
Theater Average 15th Weekend 82 $3,991 Feb 15, 1991 101
Washington's Birthday (All Movies, 3-Day) 184 $6,202,141 Feb 15, 1991 101
Washington's Birthday (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 145 $13,214,538 Feb 15, 1991 101
Biggest Domestic 14th Weekend 25 $3,905,835 Feb 8, 1991 94
Fastest to $100m 627 $100,006,882 Feb 1, 1991 91
Biggest Domestic 13th Weekend 21 $4,787,941 Feb 1, 1991 87
Biggest Domestic 12th Weekend 31 $4,307,895 Jan 25, 1991 80
Super Bowl (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 110 $9,178,579 Jan 25, 1991 80
Biggest Domestic 11th Weekend 23 $5,759,572 Jan 18, 1991 73
Martin Luther King (All Movies, 3-Day) 221 $5,759,572 Jan 18, 1991 73
Martin Luther King (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 151 $12,271,582 Jan 18, 1991 73
Biggest Domestic 10th Weekend 37 $5,586,412 Jan 11, 1991 66
Biggest Domestic 9th Weekend 19 $7,329,451 Jan 4, 1991 59
Theater Average 9th Weekend 96 $5,717 Jan 4, 1991 59
New Year's Day (All Movies, 3-Day) 196 $7,329,451 Jan 4, 1991 59
New Year's Day (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 142 $15,616,431 Jan 4, 1991 59
Biggest Domestic 8th Weekend 9 $11,898,621 Dec 28, 1990 52
Christmas (All Movies, 3-Day) 98 $11,898,621 Dec 28, 1990 52
Christmas (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 60 $25,291,619 Dec 28, 1990 52
Fastest to $50m 1,386 $61,562,428 Dec 28, 1990 52
Theater Average 8th Weekend 32 $9,376 Dec 28, 1990 52
Thanksgiving (All Movies, 3-Day) 146 $9,491,623 Nov 23, 1990 17
Thanksgiving (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 100 $20,175,322 Nov 23, 1990 17
Thanksgiving (All Movies, 5-Day) 172 $9,491,623 Nov 23, 1990 17
Thanksgiving (All Movies, 5-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 158 $20,175,322 Nov 23, 1990 17
Theater Average 2nd Weekend 41 $40,363 Nov 16, 1990 10
Veterans Day (Opening, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 99 $1,271,651 Nov 9, 1990 3
Never No. 1 Domestic 12 $184,208,842 Nov 9, 1990 0

Leading Cast

   Lieutenant John G. Dunbar

Supporting Cast

Mary McDonnell    Stands With A Fist
Graham Greene    Kicking Bird
Rodney A. Grant    Wind in His Hair
Floyd Red Crow Westerman    Ten Bears
Tantoo Cardinal    Black Shawl
Robert Pastorelli    Timmons
Charles Rocket    Lt. Elgin
Maury Chaykin    Major Fambrough
Jimmy Herman    Stone Calf
Nathan Lee, Chasing His Horse*    Smiles a Lot
Michael Spears    Otter
Jason R. Lone Hill    Worm
Tony Pierce    Spivey
Doris Leader Charge    Pretty Shield
Tom Everett    Sergeant Pepper
Larry Joshua    Sergeant Bauer
Kirk Baltz    Edwards
Wayne Grace    Major
Donald Hotton    General Tide
Annie Costner    Christine
Conor Duffy    Willie
Elisa Daniel    Christine's Mother
Percy White Plume    Big Warrior
John Tail    Escort Warrior
Steve Reevis    Sioux Warrior
Sheldon Wolfchild    Sioux Warrior
Wes Studi    Toughest Pawnee
Buffalo Child    Pawnee
Clayton Big Eagle    Pawnee
Richard Leader Charge    Pawnee
Redwing Ted Nez    Sioux Warrior
Marvin Holy    Sioux Warrior
Raymond Newholy    Sioux Bird's Courier
David J. Fuller    Kicking Bird's Son
Ryan White Bull    Kicking Bird's Eldest Son
Otakuye Conroy    Kicking Bird's Daughter
Maretta Big Crow    Village Mother
Steve Chambers    Guard
William H. Burton    General's Aide
Bill W. Curry    Confederate Cavalryman
Nick Thompson    Confederate Soldier
Carter Hanner    Confederate Soldier
Kent Hays    Wagon Driver
Robert Goldman    Union Soldier
Frank P. Costanza    Trucker
James A. Mitchell    Ray
R.L. Curtin    Ambush Wagon Driver

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

Production and Technical Credits

   Director
Michael Blake    Screenwriter
Michael Blake    Story Creator
Jim Wilson    Producer
Kevin Costner    Producer
Jake Eberts    Executive Producer
Jeffrey Beecroft    Production Designer
Neil Travis    Editor
William Hoy    Editor
Stephen Potter    Editor
Chip Masamitsu    Editor
John Barry    Composer
Dean Semler    Director of Photography
Bonnie Arnold    Associate Producer
Derek Kavanagh    Line Producer
Doug Metzger    Assistant Director
Derek Kavanagh    Unit Production Manager
William Ladd Skinner    Art Director
Lisa Dean    Set Decorator
John Huneck    Second Unit Camera
Philip C. Pfeiffer    Second Unit Camera
Elsa Zamparelli    Costume Designer
Birgitta Bjerke    Costume Supervisor
Russell Williams II    Sound Mixer
Mary Jo Devenney    Sound Mixer
Jeffrey Perkins    Re-recording Mixer
Bill W. Benton    Re-recording Mixer
Gregory H. Watkins    Re-recording Mixer
Andy Napell    Re-recording Mixer
Hari Ryatt    Supervising Sound Editor
Robert Fitzgerald    Supervising Sound Editor
Bruce Stubblefield    Sound Editor
Linda Moss    Sound Editor
Albert Gasser    Sound Editor
Jeffrey Rosen    Sound Editor
Howard Gindoff    Sound Editor
Ed Fassl    Sound Editor
Robert Fitzgerald    Sound Designer
Clif Kohlweck    Music Editor
Frank Carrisosa    Make up
David Atherton    Make up
Elle Elliott    Hairstylist
Tamara Guthrie    Hairstylist
Peter Buffett    Additional Music
John Coinman    Music Supervisor
Elisabeth Leustig    Casting Director
Norman Howell    Stunt Coordinator

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

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Featured Blu-ray Review: Dances with Wolves

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records


Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1990/11/09 11 $598,257   14 $42,733   $598,257 1
1990/11/16 11 $565,083 -6% 14 $40,363   $1,532,461 2
1990/11/23 3 $9,491,623 +1,580% 1,048 $9,057   $14,340,791 3
1990/11/30 4 $7,024,913 -26% 1,053 $6,671   $24,411,745 4
1990/12/07 4 $5,385,579 -23% 1,051 $5,124   $32,019,043 5
1990/12/14 4 $4,471,916 -17% 1,196 $3,739   $38,378,883 6
1990/12/21 4 $5,906,935 +32% 1,254 $4,710   $46,269,616 7
1990/12/28 4 $11,898,621 +101% 1,269 $9,376   $61,562,428 8
1991/01/04 4 $7,329,451 -38% 1,282 $5,717   $71,245,992 9
1991/01/11 5 $5,586,412 -24% 1,285 $4,347   $79,408,319 10
1991/01/18 4 $5,759,572 +3% 1,301 $4,427   $86,834,177 11
1991/01/25 5 $4,307,895 -25% 1,302 $3,309   $92,390,440 12
1991/02/01 2 $4,787,941 +11% 1,343 $3,565   $98,652,878 13
1991/02/08 5 $3,905,835 -18% 1,548 $2,523   $103,912,717 14
1991/02/15 5 $6,202,141 +59% 1,554 $3,991   $111,742,261 15
1991/02/22 5 $4,225,329 -32% 1,602 $2,638   $117,287,535 16
1991/03/01 6 $3,942,518 -7% 1,608 $2,452   $122,601,476 17
1991/03/08 6 $3,381,254 -14% 1,572 $2,151   $127,243,233 18
1991/03/15 8 $2,816,640 -17% 1,545 $1,823   $131,271,171 19
1991/03/22 6 $3,750,142 +33% 1,538 $2,438   $136,249,848 20
1991/03/29 3 $5,406,366 +44% 1,621 $3,335   $144,313,302 21
1991/04/05 4 $4,014,945 -26% 1,636 $2,454   $150,666,372 22
1991/04/12 4 $3,467,181 -14% 1,612 $2,151   $155,257,286 23
1991/04/19 5 $2,940,860 -15% 1,625 $1,810   $159,510,493 24
1991/04/26 8 $2,065,096 -30% 1,597 $1,293   $162,453,745 25
1991/05/03 9 $1,838,329 -11% 1,478 $1,244   $164,961,941 26
1991/05/10 9 $1,436,476 -22% 1,358 $1,058   $167,075,878 27
1991/05/17 11 $1,396,192 -3% 1,107 $1,261   $169,370,575 28
1991/05/24 15 $1,209,017 -13% 743 $1,627   $171,221,399 29
1991/05/31 15 $806,709 -33% 797 $1,012   $172,548,016 30
1991/06/14 11 $784,346   716 $1,095   $173,995,363 32
1991/06/21 14 $716,449 -9% 586 $1,223   $175,293,948 33

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1990/11/09 8 $967,378   14 $69,098   $967,378 1
1990/11/16 7 $3,881,790 +301% 14 $277,271   $4,849,168 2
1990/11/23 3 $12,537,664 +223% 1,048 $11,963   $17,386,832 3
1990/11/30 4 $9,246,632 -26% 1,053 $8,781   $26,633,464 4
1990/12/07 4 $7,273,503 -21% 1,051 $6,921   $33,906,967 5
1990/12/14 4 $6,455,714 -11% 1,196 $5,398   $40,362,681 6
1990/12/21 3 $9,301,126 +44% 1,254 $7,417   $49,663,807 7
1990/12/28 4 $14,252,734 +53% 1,269 $11,231   $63,916,541 8
1991/01/04 4 $9,905,366 -31% 1,282 $7,726   $73,821,907 9
1991/01/11 5 $7,252,698 -27% 1,285 $5,644   $81,074,605 10
1991/01/18 4 $7,007,940 -3% 1,301 $5,387   $88,082,545 11
1991/01/25 4 $5,782,392 -17% 1,302 $4,441   $93,864,937 12
1991/02/01 2 $6,141,945 +6% 1,343 $4,573   $100,006,882 13
1991/02/08 5 $5,533,238 -10% 1,548 $3,574   $105,540,120 14
1991/02/15 5 $7,522,086 +36% 1,554 $4,840   $113,062,206 15
1991/02/22 5 $5,596,752 -26% 1,602 $3,494   $118,658,958 16
1991/03/01 4 $5,203,021 -7% 1,608 $3,236   $123,861,979 17
1991/03/08 6 $4,592,552 -12% 1,572 $2,921   $128,454,531 18
1991/03/15 8 $4,045,175 -12% 1,545 $2,618   $132,499,706 19
1991/03/22 3 $6,407,230 +58% 1,538 $4,166   $138,906,936 20
1991/03/29 3 $7,744,491 +21% 1,621 $4,778   $146,651,427 21
1991/04/05 5 $5,138,678 -34% 1,636 $3,141   $151,790,105 22
1991/04/12 4 $4,779,528 -7% 1,612 $2,965   $156,569,633 23
1991/04/19 5 $3,819,016 -20% 1,625 $2,350   $160,388,649 24
1991/04/26 8 $2,734,963 -28% 1,597 $1,713   $163,123,612 25
1991/05/03 9 $2,515,790 -8% 1,478 $1,702   $165,639,402 26
1991/05/10 8 $2,334,981 -7% 1,358 $1,719   $167,974,383 27
1991/05/17 11 $2,037,999 -13% 1,107 $1,841   $170,012,382 28
1991/05/24 13 $1,728,925 -15% 743 $2,327   $171,741,307 29
1991/06/14 10 $1,366,482   716 $1,908   $174,577,499 32

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
1/16/20111522,023 22,023$440,239$440,239926

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