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The Numbers - Movies Released in 1988

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This list shows all films released in 1988, including films that went direct-to-video, or only got an international theatrical release. For each film, we use the first date on which it was made available to the public, which might include international theatrical or domestic video releases that were a few days, or sometimes more, earlier than the domestic (US/Canada) theatrical release.

See also: Top 1988 Worldwide - Domestic Release Schedule for 1988 - Most Popular 1988

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Release DateMovieGenreProduction
Budget
Domestic
Box Office
to Date
Trailer

January, 1988

January 1 18 Again! Comedy   $2,567,099  
Appointment with Death Thriller/Suspense   $960,040  
Apprentice to Murder Thriller/Suspense   $466,639  
Aria Comedy   $1,028,679  
Bulletproof Action   $807,947  
Buster Comedy   $540,000  
Call Me Thriller/Suspense   $251,819  
Clara's Heart Drama   $5,194,491  
The Courier   $5,000  
Da   $604,532  
The Deceivers   $346,730  
Dominick and Eugene   $3,076,031  
Far North Drama   $147,234  
Full Moon in Blue Water   $450,726  
Hero and the Terror Action   $5,000,000  
The House on Carroll Street   $459,824  
Illegally Yours Comedy   $259,019  
Judgment in Berlin   $229,000  
Little Nikita Drama   $1,733,070  
Madame Sousatzka   $3,548,000  
Messenger of Death   $3,074,681  
Monkey Shines   $5,000,000  
The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking   $3,569,939  
Pass the Ammo   $169,785  
Permanent Record   $1,893,000  
Promised Land   $316,199  
Rent-A-Cop   $295,000  
Running on Empty   $2,835,116  
Spellbinder   $1,938,049  
Split Decision   $695,822  
Track 29   $429,028  
The Wrong Guys   $1,152,786  
 
January 15 The Couch Trip Comedy   $11,005,304  
For Keeps? Drama   $17,000,000  
Return of the Living Dead Part II Horror $6,200,000 $9,205,924  
 
January 22 Braddock: Missing in Action III Action   $6,000,000  
Five Corners Drama   $969,000  
The Telephone   $0  
 
January 28 Gandahar Adventure   $370,698  
 
January 29 Biggles Adventure   $112,132  

February, 1988

February 5 The Serpent and the Rainbow Horror   $19,595,000  
She's Having a Baby Comedy   $16,031,707  
The Unbearable Lightness of Being   $10,006,000  
 
February 9 Sister, Sister   $743,445  
 
February 12 Action Jackson Action $7,000,000 $20,257,000  
Satisfaction Comedy   $8,253,123  
School Daze Drama $6,000,000 $14,545,844  
Shoot to Kill Action   $29,300,000  
 
February 26 Bloodsport Action $1,500,000 $11,806,119  
Frantic Thriller/Suspense   $17,637,000  
Hairspray   $6,671,108  
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon Drama   $6,264,058  
Taffin   $159,969  

March, 1988

March 1 Cop   $1,884,315  
 
March 4 Moving Comedy   $10,815,378  
Prison Horror $4,000,000 $354,704  
Switching Channels Comedy   $9,000,000  
 
March 11 Masquerade Thriller/Suspense   $15,855,828  
Off Limits Action   $7,242,035  
Vice Versa Comedy   $13,664,060  
 
March 18 D.O.A. Thriller/Suspense   $12,706,478  
The Milagro Beanfield War Comedy   $13,825,794  
Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach Comedy   $19,510,000  
 
March 25 Biloxi Blues Comedy   $43,184,798  
High Season Comedy   $1,125,000  
Johnny Be Good Comedy   $17,500,399  
A New Life Comedy   $7,721,851  
 
March 30 Beetlejuice Comedy $15,000,000 $73,326,666  

April, 1988

April 1 Bright Lights, Big City Drama $25,000,000 $16,118,077  
The Seventh Sign Thriller/Suspense   $18,875,011  
Stand and Deliver Drama   $13,994,920  
A Time of Destiny   $1,212,487  
 
April 8 Above the Law Action   $18,869,631  
Bad Dreams Horror   $9,000,000  
 
April 15 Colors Action   $46,616,067  
The Moderns   $2,011,497  
Plain Clothes Comedy   $289,000  
Return to Snowy River Adventure   $13,687,027  
 
April 22 Casual Sex? Comedy   $12,277,096  
Lady in White Horror $4,700,000 $1,705,139  
The Unholy Action   $6,000,000  
 
April 29 Bagdad Cafe Drama   $3,587,303  
Critters 2: The Main Course Comedy   $3,000,000  
Sunset Comedy   $4,595,000  

May, 1988

May 1 Stormy Monday   $1,791,328  
 
May 4 Mala Noche Drama   $11,352  
 
May 6 Dead Heat Action   $3,588,626  
Salsa Drama   $8,000,000  
Shakedown Action   $10,068,039  
 
May 13 Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood Horror $2,800,000 $19,170,001  
 
May 20 Willow Adventure   $57,269,863  
 
May 25 Crocodile Dundee 2 Adventure $14,000,000 $109,306,210  
Rambo III Action $58,000,000 $53,715,611  
 
May 31 My Best Friend Is a Vampire Comedy   $174,380  
Shy People Drama   $769,119  

June, 1988

June 3 Big Comedy $18,000,000 $114,968,774  
Funny Farm Comedy   $25,537,221  
 
June 10 Big Business Comedy   $40,150,487  
Poltergeist III Horror $9,500,000 $14,114,000  
The Presidio Thriller/Suspense   $20,036,000  
Stars and Bars Comedy   $111,987  
 
June 15 Bull Durham Drama   $50,888,729  
 
June 17 The Great Outdoors Comedy   $41,455,230  
Red Heat Action   $34,994,648  
Waxwork   $808,114  
 
June 22 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Adventure $70,000,000 $154,112,492  
 
June 29 Coming to America Comedy   $128,152,301  

July, 1988

July 1 A Handful of Dust   $1,560,700  
 
July 6 License to Drive Comedy   $22,434,275  
Short Circuit 2 Comedy   $20,882,000  
 
July 8 Arthur 2: On the Rocks Comedy   $14,681,192  
Phantasm II Horror $3,000,000 $7,282,851  
 
July 13 The Dead Pool Action   $37,903,000  
It Takes Two   $344,375  
 
July 15 Die Hard Action $28,000,000 $81,350,242  
A Fish Called Wanda Comedy   $63,493,000  
 
July 20 Midnight Run Action $30,000,000 $38,413,606  
 
July 22 Big Top Pee-Wee Adventure   $15,122,324  
Caddyshack II Comedy   $11,798,302  
 
July 29 Cocktail Drama   $78,222,753  

August, 1988

August 5 The Blob Horror   $8,247,943  
The Rescue Action   $5,855,392  
Vibes Comedy   $1,883,811  
 
August 10 Clean and Sober Drama   $8,674,093  
 
August 12 The Last Temptation of Christ Drama $7,000,000 $8,373,585  
Mac and Me Adventure   $6,000,000  
Tucker: The Man and His Dream Drama   $19,652,638  
Young Guns Western $13,000,000 $44,726,644  
 
August 19 Married to the Mob Comedy   $21,486,757  
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Horror $13,000,000 $49,369,899  
 
August 22 Le grand bleu Drama   $3,000,000  
 
August 24 Crossing Delancey Romantic Comedy   $16,262,000  
 
August 26 Betrayed Thriller/Suspense   $25,816,139  
Hot to Trot Comedy   $6,000,000  
Stealing Home Drama   $7,467,504  

September, 1988

September 1 Eight Men Out Drama   $5,680,515  
Miles from Home   $188,964  
 
September 2 Freeway Thriller/Suspense   $143,000  
Rocket Gibraltar   $187,349  
 
September 9 Moon Over Parador Comedy   $11,444,204  
Some Girls   $401,421  
 
September 16 Seven Hours to Judgment Action   $177,820  
 
September 23 Dead Ringers Thriller/Suspense   $9,134,733  
Gorillas in the Mist Drama   $24,720,479  
Kansas Thriller/Suspense   $2,000,000  
Sweet Hearts Dance Drama   $3,790,493  
 
September 28 Memories of Me Comedy   $3,965,000  
 
September 30 Elvira, Mistress of the Dark Comedy   $5,000,000  
Heartbreak Hotel Comedy   $5,509,417  
Ni luo he nu er   $0  
Punchline Comedy   $21,032,000  

October, 1988

October 1 Bird Drama   $2,181,286  
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Horror $5,000,000 $17,768,757  
Tapeheads   $343,786  
Things Change   $3,527,886  
 
October 7 Alien Nation Drama   $25,216,243  
Imagine: John Lennon Documentary   $3,753,977  
 
October 14 The Accused Drama   $32,078,318  
Another Woman Drama   $1,562,749  
The Kiss   $0  
Night of the Demons Horror   $2,847,907  
Pumpkinhead Horror   $4,385,516  
 
October 21 Bat*21 Drama   $3,966,256  
The Lair of the White Worm   $1,189,315  
Little Dorrit   $1,025,000  
Mystic Pizza Comedy $6,000,000 $12,793,213  
Without a Clue Comedy   $8,000,000  
 
October 28 Feds Comedy   $3,000,000  
 
October 31 Platoon Leader Drama   $1,348,771  

November, 1988

November 4 Everybody’s All-American Drama   $12,638,294  
The Good Mother Drama   $4,764,606  
They Live Thriller/Suspense $4,000,000 $13,000,000  
U2: Rattle and Hum Concert/Performance   $8,600,823  
 
November 9 Child's Play Horror $9,000,000 $33,244,684  
 
November 11 A Cry in the Dark Drama   $6,908,797  
Ernest Saves Christmas Comedy   $28,202,109  
Iron Eagle II Action   $10,000,000  
Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios Comedy   $7,179,000  
 
November 18 1969 Drama   $5,979,011  
The Chocolate War Drama   $303,624  
Fresh Horses Drama   $6,640,346  
High Spirits Comedy   $8,578,231  
The Land Before Time Adventure $12,300,000 $48,092,846  
Last Rites Thriller/Suspense   $426,965  
Oliver & Company Adventure   $49,576,671  
 
November 23 Cocoon: The Return Adventure   $18,924,919  
Hanna's War Drama   $139,796  
Scrooged Comedy $32,000,000 $59,450,353  

December, 1988

December 1 Talk Radio Drama $4,000,000 $3,468,572  
 
December 2 The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Comedy   $78,041,829  
Tequila Sunrise Thriller/Suspense   $39,703,427  
 
December 9 Mississippi Burning Drama   $34,603,000  
My Stepmother Is an Alien Comedy $16,000,000 $13,854,000  
Twins Comedy $15,000,000 $111,936,388  
 
December 14 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Comedy   $42,039,000  
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Comedy   $13,030,057  
Torch Song Trilogy Comedy   $4,865,997  
 
December 16 Rain Man Comedy $25,000,000 $172,825,435  
 
December 20 Working Girl Comedy   $63,800,000  
 
December 21 Beaches Drama   $57,041,866  
Dangerous Liaisons Drama $14,000,000 $34,700,000  
Pelle erobreren Drama   $2,053,931  
 
December 23 The Accidental Tourist Drama   $32,632,000  
Hellraiser II: Hellbound Horror   $11,611,883  
 
December 31 As Time Goes By   $0  
Baja Oklahoma Drama   $0  
Bert Rigby, You’re a Fool   $0  
The Chronicles of Narnia Drama   $0  
Cohen and Tate   $0  
The Deceivers Drama   $0  
For All Mankind Documentary   $0  
The Girl in a Swing Drama   $747,013  
Honor Bound Thriller/Suspense   $0  
Run if you Can   $0  
Watchers Action   $940,173  

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