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Willow (1988)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $57,269,863Details
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When young Willow Ufgood finds an abandoned baby girl, he learns she is destined to end the reign of the wicked Queen Bavmorda. In order to protect the child, Willow must team up with a rogue swordsman and overcome the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil!


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,382 $57,269,863
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 2,201-2,300) 2,286 $57,269,863

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

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: May 20th, 1988 (Wide) by Sony Pictures
Video Release: July 6th, 1994 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 126 minutes
Comparisons: vs. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
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Keywords: Intertitle, Prologue, Royalty, Good vs. Evil, Fairies, Dragon, Sword & Sorcerer, Exile, Prophecy, Talking Animals, Romance, Dysfunctional Family, Romeo and Juliet Romance, Cross-Dressing, Visual Effects
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Fantasy
Production Companies: Lucasfilm, Imagine Entertainment
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Independence Day (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 317 $5,469,871 Jul 1, 1988 45
Memorial Day (All Movies, 3-Day) 131 $7,556,144 May 27, 1988 10
Memorial Day (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 112 $16,362,453 May 27, 1988 10


   Willow Ufgood
Billy Barty    High Aldwin
Jean Marsh    Queen Bavmorda
Gavan O'Herlihy    Airk Thaughbaer
Patricia Hayes    Fin Raziel
Phil Fondacaro    Vohnkar
Pat Roach    Gen. Kael
Rick Overton    Franjean
Kevin Pollak    Rool
David Steinberg    Meegosh
Tony Cox    Vohnkar warrior
Robert Gillibrand    Vohnkar Warrior
Mark Northover    Burglekutt
Maria Holvoe    Cherlindrea
Julie Peters    Kiaya
Mark Vande Brake    Ranon
Dawn Downing    Mims
Michael Cotterill    Druid
Zulema Dene    Ethna
Joanna Dickens    Barmaid
Jennifer Guy    The Wench
Ron Tarr    Llug
Sallyanne Law    Mother
Ruth Greenfield    Elora Danan
Kate Greenfield    Elora Danan

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Bob Doleman
Story Creator    George Lucas
Producer    Nigel Wooll
Executive Producer    George Lucas
Composer    James Horner
Associate Producer    Joe Johnston
Assistant Director    Ken Baker
Second Unit Director    Micky Moore
Production Designer    Allan Cameron
Art Director    Tim Hutchinson
Art Director    Tony Reading
Art Director    Malcolm Stone
Director of Photography    Adrian Biddle
Second Unit Camera    Paul Beeson
Second Unit Camera    Paul Wilson
Visual Effects Designer    Dennis Muren
Visual Effects Designer    Michael McAlister
Visual Effects Designer    Phil Tippett
Special Effects Supervisor    John Richardson
Costume Designer    Barbara Lane
Costume Supervisor    Rosemary Burrows
Editor    Daniel Hanley
Editor    Michael Hill
Editor    Richard Hiscott
Sound Mixer    Ivan Sharrock
Re-recording Mixer    Ben Burtt
Re-recording Mixer    Gary Summers
Re-recording Mixer    Shawn Murphy
Supervising Sound Editor    Richard Hymns
Sound Effects Editor    Teresa Eckton
Sound Effects Editor    David Stone
Sound Effects Editor    Sandina Bailo-Lape
Sound Designer    Ben Burtt
Dialogue Editor    Michael Silvers
Dialogue Editor    Karen Spangenberg
Dialogue Editor    Rob Fruchtman
Dialogue Editor    E. Larry Oatfield*
Music Editor    Jim Henrikson
Creature Designer    Nick Dudman
Make up    Alan Boyle
Hairstylist    Barbara Ritchie
Casting Director    Noel Davis
Casting Director    Jeremy Zimmermann
Casting Director    Jane Jenkins
Casting Director    Janet Hirshenson
Stunt Coordinator    Gerry Crampton
Assistant Director    Lee Cleary
Special Effects    Chris Corbould

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Featured Blu-ray: Willow

March 30th, 2013

Willow came out 25 years ago. It was a fantasy epic that cost $50 million to make and was written by George Lucas, who was coming off of Star Wars and Indiana Jones. It was directed by Ron Howard, who hadn't yet had any monster hits, but both Splash and Cocoon were very profitable and well received. This film had high expectations. It didn't live up to them. Its reviews were merely mixed and it came nowhere near becoming the $100 million hit like a lot of people thought it would. Now that 25 years have passed and the expectations are not there, does it work? Or would it have failed to find an audience even with lowered expectations? More...

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March 13th, 2013

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1988/05/20 1 $8,300,169   1,024 $8,106   $8,300,169 1
1988/05/27 3 $7,556,144 -9% 1,030 $7,336   $18,611,739 2
1988/06/03 5 $5,002,969 -34% 1,030 $4,857   $25,326,281 3
1988/06/10 8 $3,251,512 -35% 1,048 $3,103   $30,656,338 4
1988/06/17 7 $2,915,922 -10% 1,029 $2,834   $35,341,622 5
1988/06/24 8 $2,541,603 -13% 1,201 $2,116   $39,555,153 6
1988/07/01 9 $2,525,974 -1% 1,209 $2,089   $43,623,457 7

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1988/05/20 1 $11,055,595   1,024 $10,796   $11,055,595 1
1988/05/27 3 $9,267,717 -16% 1,030 $8,998   $20,323,312 2
1988/06/03 5 $7,081,514 -24% 1,030 $6,875   $27,404,826 3
1988/06/10 7 $5,020,874 -29% 1,048 $4,791   $32,425,700 4
1988/06/17 7 $4,587,850 -9% 1,029 $4,459   $37,013,550 5
1988/06/24 8 $4,083,933 -11% 1,201 $3,400   $41,097,483 6

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
3/17/20131132,189 32,189$486,049$486,049976

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