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The Rocketeer (1991)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $46,573,027Details
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Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,701-1,800) 1,772 $46,573,027
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 2,701-2,800) 2,703 $46,573,027

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

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: June 21st, 1991 (Wide) by Walt Disney
MPAA Rating: PG
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Keywords: Independent/Other Comics, Nazis, Inventor, In a Plane, Visual Effects, Mafia, Film Noir, Origin Story
Source:Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Independence Day (All Movies, 3-Day) 221 $5,284,370 Jul 5, 1991 17
Independence Day (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 202 $11,259,097 Jul 5, 1991 17

Leading Cast

   Cliff Secord

Supporting Cast

Ed Lauter    Fitch
Paul Sorvino    Valentine
Timothy Dalton    Neville Sinclair


Jennifer Connelly    Jenny Blake
Terry O'Quinn    Howard Hughes
Jon Polito    Otis Bigelow, Airfield Owner
Alan Arkin    Peevy
Eddie Jones    Malcolm the Mechanic
Clint Howard    Mark
William Sanderson    Skeets, Bull Dog Cafe Patron

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

Production and Technical Credits

James Horner    Composer

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1991/06/21 4 $9,600,754   1,616 $5,941   $9,600,754 1
1991/06/28 4 $7,209,752 -25% 1,903 $3,789   $21,626,859 2
1991/07/05 6 $5,284,370 -27% 1,886 $2,802   $31,212,002 3
1991/07/12 10 $2,860,313 -46% 1,738 $1,646   $36,440,715 4

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1991/06/21 3 $14,417,107   1,616 $8,921   $14,417,107 1
1991/06/28 4 $11,510,525 -20% 1,903 $6,049   $25,927,632 2
1991/07/05 6 $7,652,770 -34% 1,886 $4,058   $33,580,402 3