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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 1,401-1,500) 1,405 $57,269,863
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 2,301-2,400) 2,335 $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. Cocoon
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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 $5,512,892 Jul 1, 1988 45
Memorial Day (All Movies, 3-Day) 135 $7,556,144 May 27, 1988 10
Memorial Day (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 115 $16,491,146 May 27, 1988 10

Leading Cast

   Willow Ufgood

Supporting Cast

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

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

Production and Technical Credits

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

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

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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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