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The Muppet Movie (1979)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $76,657,000Details
Further financial details...

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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 901-1,000) 979 $76,657,000
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,801-1,900) 1,883 $76,657,000

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

Movie Details

Production Budget:$8,000,000
Domestic Releases: June 22nd, 1979 (Wide) by Associated Film Distributors
Video Release: August 13th, 2013 by Buena Vista Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 95 minutes
Franchise: Muppets
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Keywords: Breaking the Fourth Wall, Gratuitous Cameos, Road Trip, Movie Business, Non-Chronological, Beauty Pageants, Food, Dream Sequence, Romance, Kidnap, Scene in End Credits, Inventor, Mad Scientist, Nazis Outside of World War II
Source:Based on TV
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Kids Fiction
Production Companies: Jim Henson Productions, Lord Grade, Martin Starger
Production Countries: United Kingdom,
United States

Leading Cast

   Various voices
   Biker in El Sleezo Café/Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear/Animal/Sam the Eagle
   Floyd Pepper/Crazy Harry/Robin the Frog/Lew Zealand
   The Great Gonzo/Zoot/Dr. Bunsen Honeydew

Supporting Cast

Charles Durning    Doc Hopper
Austin Pendleton    Max
Scott Walker    Frog Killer
Lawrence Gabriel, Jr.    Sailor
Ira F. Grubman    Bartender
H.B. Haggerty    Lumberjack
Bruce Kirby    Gate Guard
Tommy Madden    One-eyed Midget
James Frawley    Waiter
Arnold Roberts    Cowboy
Carroll Spinney    Big Bird


Edgar Bergen    Himself
Milton Berle    Himself
Mel Brooks    Himself
James Coburn    Himself
Dom DeLuise    Himself
Elliott Gould    Beauty Contest Compere
Bob Hope    Ice cream vendor
Madeline Kahn    El Sleezo Patron
Carol Kane    Myth
Cloris Leachman    Lord's Secretary
Steve Martin    Insolent Waiter
Richard Pryor    Balloon Vendor
Telly Savalas    El Sleezo Tough
Orson Welles    Lew Lord
Paul Williams    Himself

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

Production and Technical Credits

Jerry Juhl    Screenwriter
Jack Burns    Screenwriter
Jim Henson    Producer
Martin Starger    Executive Producer
David Lazer    Co-Producer
Ron Wright    Assistant Director
Kurt Neumann    Production Manager
Joel Schiller    Production Designer
Les Gobruegge    Art Director
Richard Goddard    Set Decorator
Leigh Malone    Visual Consultant
Isidore Mankofsky    Director of Photography
Calista Hendrickson    Costume Designer
Gwen Capetanos    Costume Designer
Charles E. James    Costume Supervisor
Chris Greenbury    Editor
Charles Lewis    Sound Mixer
David Dockendorf    Re-recording Mixer
Bill Wistrom    Sound Effects Editor
John Caper, Jr.    Music Editor
Paul Williams    Composer
Paul Williams    Song Writer
Kenny Ascher    Song Writer
Gus Schirmer    Casting Director

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

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Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
8/18/2013918,754 18,754$339,064$339,0641

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