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The Top Box-Office Movies in America 1921-1970

Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ($4.5 million)

2.      Kid ($2.5 million)

3.      Sheik ($1.5 million)

 

The Top Movies of 1922 :

1.      Blood and Sand ($1.3 million)

2.   Grandma�s Boy ($1.1 million)

3.      Robin Hood ($1 million)

3       (equal). Smilin� Through

3       (equal). Orphans of the Storm

6.      When Knighthood Was in Flower

7.   Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur�s Court

8.      Foolish Wives

 

The Top Movies of 1923

1.      Covered Wagon ($3.5 million)

2.      Ten Commandments ($2.5 million)

3.   Hunchback of Notre Dame ($1.5 million)

3       (equal). Safety Last

5.   Scaramouche ($1 million)

6.      White Sister

7.      Little Old New York

8.      Merry Go Round

 

The Top Movies of 1924

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Sea Hawk ($2 million)

2.      Girl Shy ($1.6 million)

3.      Secrets ($1.5 million)

3       (equal). Thief of Bagdad

5.      Hot Water ($1.4 million)

6.      Iron Horse ($1 million)

7.      America

8.      Romola

9.      Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall

 

The Top Movies of 1925

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Ben-Hur ($4 million)

2.   Freshman ($2.6 million)

3.      Gold Rush ($2.5 million)

4.      Merry Widow ($1.5 million)

5.      Lost World ($1.3 million)

6.      East Lynne ($1.1 million)

7.   Phantom of the Opera

 

The Top Movies of 1926

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      What Price Glory ($2 million)

2.      Beau Geste ($1.5 million)

2       (equal). Stella Dallas

4.      Don Juan ($1 million)

5.      Better �Ole

6.      Black Pirate

 

The Top Movies of 1927

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Jazz Singer ($3.5 million)

1       (equal). Big Parade

3.      Seventh Heaven ($1.8 million)

4.      King of Kings ($1.5 million)

5.      Patent Leather Kid ($1.2 million)

6.      Wings

7.      Old Ironsides

8.      Gaucho

9.      Way of All Flesh

 

The Top Movies of 1928

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Singing Fool ($5 million)

2.      Street Angel ($1.7 million)

3.      Four Sons ($1.5 million)

4.      Red Dance ($1.3 million)

5.      White Shadows in the South Seas

6.      Lilac Time

 

The Top Movies of 1929

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.   Sunnyside Up ($3.3 million)

2.   Broadway Melody ($3 million)

3.      Cock-Eyed World ($2.7 million)

4.      Gold Diggers of Broadway ($2.3 million)

5.      Rio Rita ($2 million)

6.      In Old Arizona ($1.3 million)

6       (equal). Syncopation

8.   Hollywood Revue of 1929 ($1 million)

9.      Noah�s Ark

 

The Top Movies of 1930

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.   Whoopee ($2.7 million)

2.      Min and Bill ($2 million)

3.   Common Clay ($1.7 million)

4.      All Quiet on the Western Front ($1.5 million)

4       (equal). Anna Christie ($1.5 million)

6.      Song of My Heart ($1.2 million)

7.      Check and Double Check ($1 million)

7       (equal). Trader Horn ($1 million)

Other box-office successes (alphabetical order): Animal Crackers, Big House, Divorcee, Hell�s Angels

 

The Top Movies of 1931

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Palmy Days ($1.6 million)

2.      Champ ($1.5 million)

2       (equal). City Lights

2       (equal). Daddy Long Legs

5.      Man Who Came Back ($1.4 million)

6.   Arrowsmith ($1.3 million)

6       (equal). Connecticut Yankee

6       (equal). Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

6       (equal). Merely Mary Ann

10.    Bad Girl ($1.1 million)

11.   Cimarron ($1 million)

Other box-office successes (random order): Little Caesar, Public Enemy, Smiling Lieutenant, Skippy, Frankenstein, Morocco, Strangers May Kiss, Reducing, Politics, Dirigible, Transatlantic, Svengali, Guardsman

 

The Top Movies of 1932

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Kid from Spain ($2.6 million)

2.      Grand Hotel ($2.3 million)

3.      Emma ($2 million)

4.      Tarzan the Ape Man ($1.5 million)

Other box-office successes (random order): If I Had a Million, Man Who Played God, One Hour With You, Shanghai Express, Shopworn, Bring �Em Back Alive, Business and Pleasure, Delicious, Hell Divers, Mata Hari

 

The Top Movies of 1933

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.   Cavalcade ($2.5 million)

2.      Roman Scandals ($2.4 million)

3.      42nd Street ($2.3 million)

3       (equal). I�m No Angel

3       (equal). Little Women

6.      She Done Him Wrong ($2.2 million)

7.      State Fair ($1.8 million)

7       (equal). Footlight Parade

9.      Dancing Lady ($1.5 million)

9       (equal). Tugboat Annie

9       (equal). Queen Christina

12.    Dinner At Eight

Other box-office successes: Flying Down To Rio, Gold Diggers of 1933, State Fair, Animal Kingdom, Be Mine Tonight, Rasputin and the Empress

 

The Top Movies of 1934

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals: [actual figures are not available for 1934]

1.      It Happened One Night

2.      One Night of Love

3.      Judge Priest

4.      Barretts of Wimpole Street

5.      Thin Man

6.      House of Rothschild

7.      Chained

8.      Riptide

9.      Wonder Bar

10.    Sons of the Desert

11.    Belle of the Nineties

12.    Son of Kong

13.    Gay Divorcee ($1,077,000)

14.    She Loves Me Not

15.   Kentucky Kernels

16.    Lost Patrol

 

The Top Movies of 1935

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Mutiny on the Bounty ($2 million)

1       (equal). Great Ziegfeld

3.   Crusades ($1.7 million)

4.      China Seas ($1.5 million)

4       (equal). David Copperfield

4       (equal). Top Hat

4       (equal). Mid-Summer Night�s Dream

8.      Roberta ($1,467,000)

Other box-office successes (random order): Lives of a Bengal Lancer, Night at the Opera, Steamboat Round the Bend, Littlest Rebel, Les Miserables, In Old Kentucky, Anna Karenina

 

The Top Movies of 1936

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      San Francisco ($2.7 million)

2.      Modern Times ($1.8 million)

3.      Strike Me Pink ($1.7 million)

4.   Dodsworth ($1.6 million)

4       (equal). Trail of the Lonesome Pine

4       (equal). Swing Time

7.      Camille ($1.5 million)

7       (equal). Libeled Lady

7       (equal). Follow the Fleet

Other box-office successes (random order): Mr Deeds Goes To Town, Rose Marie, Tale of Two Cities, Bride Comes Home, Broadway Melody of 1936, Bullets or Ballots, Captain Blood, Country Doctor, Green Pastures, King Steps Out, Magnificent Obsession, Rhythm on the Range, Show Boat, Story of Louis Pasteur, Thanks a Million, These Three, Poor Little Rich Girl

 

The Top Movies of 1937

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Saratoga ($2 million)

2.   Hurricane (slightly over $1.5 million)

3.      Dead End ($1.5 million)

3       (equal). Life of Emile Zola

3       (equal). Stella Dallas

3       (equal). Wells Fargo

3       (equal). Lost Horizon

3       (equal). Good Earth

Other box-office successes (random order): Wee Willie Winkie, Stowaway, Maytime, After the Thin Man, Anthony Adverse, Artists and Models, Big Broadcast of 1937, Born to Dance, Captains Courageous, Charge of the Light Brigade, College Holiday, Come and Get It, Gorgeous Hussy, Green Light, I Met Him in Paris, Last of Mrs Cheyney, Lloyds of London, Love Is News, Mountain Music, My Man Godfrey, One in a Million, On the Avenue, Pigskin Parade, Plainsman, Rainbow on the River, Road Back, Romeo and Juliet, Shall We Dance, Slave Ship, Stage Door, Star Is Born, Swing High Swing Low, Wake Up and Live, Waikiki Wedding, You Can�t Have Everything

 

The Top Movies of 1938

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ($8 million)

The trend shown the previous year when a large number of movies achieved equal box-office representation, reached an apex in 1938 when there was just the one clear leader.

The following movies all occupy the number two spot, each reporting a rentals gross of $1.5 million (alphabetical order): Adventures of Robin Hood, Alexander�s Ragtime Band, Boys� Town, Goldwyn Follies, Happy Landing, In Old Chicago, Kentucky, Sweethearts, Test Pilot, You Can�t Take It With You

Other box-office successes (alphabetical order): Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Buccaneer, Firefly, Girl of the Golden West, Holiday, Out West with the Hardys, Rosalie

 

The Top Movies of 1939

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Gone With The Wind ($31 million)

The following movies all occupy the number two spot, each reporting a rentals gross of $1.5 million (alphabetical order): Babes in Arms, Drums Along the Mohawk, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Jesse James, Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Old Maid, Rains Came, Wizard of Oz

Other box-office successes (random order): Three Smart Girls Grow Up, Stagecoach, Goodbye Mr Chips, Angels with Dirty Faces, Dodge City, Gunga Din, Hardys Ride High, Juarez, That Certain Age, Union Pacific, Destry Rides Again

 

The Top Movies of 1940

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Boom Town ($4.6 million)

The following movies all occupy the number two spot, each reporting a rentals gross of $1.5 million (alphabetical order): Arizona, Buck Benny Rides Again, Fighting 69th, Kitty Foyle, Northwest Mounted Police, North West Passage, Rebecca, Santa Fe Trail, Strange Cargo, Strike Up the Band

Other box-office successes (alphabetical order): All This and Heaven Too, Another Thin Man, Grapes of Wrath, Gulliver�s Travels, Hollywood Cavalcade, Lillian Russell, Little Nellie Kelly, My Favorite Wife, Ninotchka, Pinocchio, Road to Singapore, Women

 

The Top Movies of 1941

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.   Sergeant York ($6.1 million)

2.      Great Dictator

3.      How Green Was My Valley

4.   Philadelphia Story

Other box-office successes (random order): Yank in the RAF, In the Navy, Hellzapoppin�, Little Foxes, Road to Zanzibar, Aloma of the South Seas, Blood and Sand, Bride Came COD, Caught in the Draft, Charley�s Aunt, Dive Bomber, Hold That Ghost, I Wanted Wings, Lady Eve, Life Begins for Andy Hardy, Meet John Doe, Sea Wolf, Strawberry Blonde, Lady Hamilton, This Thing Called Love, Ziegfeld Girl, Fantasia, Citizen Kane

 

The Top Movies of 1942

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Mrs Miniver ($5 million)

2.      Yankee Doodle Dandy ($4.8 million)

3.      Reap the Wild Wind ($4 million)

4.      My Gal Sal

5.      To the Shores of Tripoli

6.      Holiday Inn

Other box-office successes (random order): Babes on Broadway, Captains of the Clouds, Fleet�s In, For Me and My Gal, Kings Row, My Favorite Blonde, Panama Hattie, Woman of the Year, Ball of Fire, Eagle Squadron, Honky Tonk, In This Our Life, Louisiana Purchase, Man Who Came to Dinner, Pride of the Yankees, Somewhere I�ll Find You, This Above All

 

The Top Movies of 1943

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      This Is the Army ($8.5 million)

2.      For Whom the Bell Tolls ($6.3 million)

3.      Random Harvest ($4.5 million)

4.   Stagedoor Canteen ($4.4 million)

5.      China

6.      Star Spangled Rhythm

7.      Hitler�s Children

Other box-office successes (random order): Casablanca, Commandos Strike at Dawn, Hello Frisco Hello, Now Voyager, Air Force, Behind the Rising Sun, Claudia, Coney Island, Dixie, Heaven Can Wait, Hers to Hold, Immortal Sergeant, In Which We Serve, Keeper of the Flame, Lucky Jordan, Mr Lucky, More the Merrier, Road to Morocco, So Proudly We Hail, DuBarry Was a Lady

 

The Top Movies of 1944

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Going My Way ($6.5 million)

2.      Song of Bernadette ($5 million)

3.      Since You Went Away ($4.9 million)

4.      Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo ($4.5 million)

5.   Hollywood Canteen ($4.2 million)

6.      Guy Named Joe ($4.1 million)

7.   Princess and the Pirate

Other box-office successes (alphabetical order): Arsenic and Old Lace, Cover Girl, Destination Tokyo, Dragon Seed, The Gang�s All Here, Girl Crazy, Guadalcanal Diary, Lady in the Dark, Let�s Face It, Madame Curie, Miracle of Morgan�s Creek, Mr Skeffington, North Star, See Here Private Hargrove, Story of Doctor Wassell, Sweet Rosie O�Grady, Thank Your Lucky Stars, Thousands Cheer, White Cliffs of Dover, Wilson

 

The Top Movies of 1945

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Valley of Decision ($5.6 million)

2.      Meet Me in St Louis ($5.2 million)

3.      Anchors Aweigh ($4.5 million)

3       (equal). Road to Utopia

3       (equal). Thrill of a Romance

6.   Weekend at the Waldorf ($4.4 million)

7.      Lost Weekend ($4.3 million)

7       (equal). Saratoga Trunk

9.      State Fair ($4.1 million)

10.    Dolly Sisters ($4 million)

Other box-office successes (alphabetical order): Affairs of Susan, Along Came Jones, And Now Tomorrow, Casanova Brown, Christmas in Connecticut, Diamond Horseshoe, Frenchman�s Creek, God Is My Co-Pilot, Here Come the Waves, I�ll Be Seeing You, Incendiary Blonde, Irish Eyes Are Smiling, Keys of the Kingdom, Mrs Parkington, Music for Millions, National Velvet, Nob Hill, Rhapsody in Blue, Salty O�Rourke, Song to Remember, Thunderhead Son of Flicka, To Have and Have Not, Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Winged Victory, Without Love, Wonder Man

 

The Top Movies of 1946

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Bells of St Mary�s ($8.5 million)

2.      Blue Skies ($5.7 million)

3.      Leave Her to Heaven ($5.5 million)

4.      Outlaw ($5.1 million)

5.   Spellbound ($4.9 million)

6.   Notorious ($4.8 million)

7.      Green Years ($4.6 million)

8.      Road to Utopia ($4.5 million)

8       (equal). Easy to Wed

8       (equal). Till the Clouds Roll By

11.    Two Years Before the Mast ($4.4 million)

11     (equal). Harvey Girls

13.   Adventure ($4.3 million)

14.    Margie ($4.1 million)

15.   Postman Always Rings Twice, Smoky, Ziegfeld Follies, Holiday in Mexico, Kid from Brooklyn, Night and Day (each of these films reported a rentals gross of $4 million)

Other box-office successes (alphabetical order): Anna and the King of Siam, Bandit of Sherwood Forest, Caesar and Cleopatra, Canyon Passage, Dragonwyck, Duffy�s Tavern, Gilda, House on 92nd Street, Kitty, Love Letters, Mildred Pierce, Miss Susie Slagle�s, Monsieur Beaucaire, My Reputation, San Antonio, Spanish Main, Stork Club, They Were Expendable, Tomorrow Is Forever, Two Sisters from Boston

 

The Top Movies of 1947

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Best Years of Our Lives ($10.4 million)

2.      Duel in the Sun ($10 million)

3.      Jolson Story ($7.6 million)

4.   Welcome Stranger ($6.1 million)

5.      Life With Father ($6 million)

6.      Egg and I ($5.5 million)

7.   Unconquered ($5.3 million)

8.      Yearling ($5.2 million)

9.      Green Dolphin Street ($5 million)

9       (equal). Forever Amber

9       (equal). Razor�s Edge

12.   Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer ($4.5 million)

13.   Hucksters ($4.4 million)

14.    Mother Wore Tights ($4.1 million)

 

Other box-office successes: (alphabetical order): California, Dear Ruth, Farmer�s Daughter, Humoresque, I Wonder Who�s Kissing Her Now, It�s a Wonderful Life, My Favorite Brunette, No Leave No Love, Nora Prentiss, Perils of Pauline, Possessed, Time the Place and the Girl, Variety Girl

 

The Top Movies of 1948

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Red Shoes ($5 million)

2.      Road to Rio, Easter Parade, Paleface, Red River (each of these films reported a rentals gross of $4.5 million)

6.      Three Musketeers ($4.2 million)

7.      Cass Timberlane ($4.1 million)

7       (equal). Johnny Belinda

7       (equal). Homecoming

10.   Emperor Waltz ($4 million)

Other box-office successes (alphabetical order): Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Bishop�s Wife, Body and Soul, Captain from Castile, Date with Judy, Foreign Affair, Fort Apache, Foxes of Harrow, Fuller Brush Man, Gentleman�s Agreement, I Remember Mama, Key Largo, Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House, My Wild Irish Rose, Naked City, Paradine Case, Road to Rio, Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Sitting Pretty, State of the Union, Tap Roots, Voice of the Turtle, Words and Music

 

The Top Movies of 1949

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Jolson Sings Again ($5 million)

2.      I Was a Male War Bride ($4.1 million)

2       (equal). Joan of Arc

2       (equal). Snake Pit

5.      Stratton Story ($4 million)

Other box-office successes (alphabetical order): Apartment for Peggy, Barkleys of Broadway, Command Decision, Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur�s Court, Every Girl Should Be Married, Family Honeymoon, Flamingo Road, Hamlet, Julia Misbehaves, Letter to Three Wives, Little Women, Look for the Silver Lining, Mr Belvedere Goes to College, Neptune�s Daughter, Sorrowful Jones, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Wake of the Red Witch, When My Baby Smiles at Me, Whispering Smith, Yellow Sky

 

The Top Movies of 1950

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Samson and Delilah ($9 million)

2.      King Solomon�s Mines ($5.6 million)

3.      Annie Get Your Gun ($4.7 million)

3       (equal). Battleground

5.      Cheaper by the Dozen ($4.4 million)

6.   Cinderella ($4.3 million)

7.      Father of the Bride ($4.2 million)

8.      Sands of Iwo Jima ($4 million)

9.      Broken Arrow

10.    Twelve O�Clock High

11.    Pinky

12.    Three Little Words

Other box-office successes (alphabetical order): Adam�s Rib, Black Rose, Colt .45, Fancy Pants, Flame and the Arrow, Francis, My Friend Irma, On the Town, Our Very Own, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Summer Stock, Sunset Boulevard, Task Force, Tea for Two, Winchester �73

 

The Top Movies of 1951

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Show Boat ($5,533,000)

2.   Streetcar Named Desire ($4.8 million)

3.      David and Bathsheba ($4,720,000)

4.      Great Caruso ($4,531,000)

5.      Sailor Beware ($4.3 million)

6.      Born Yesterday ($4.1 million)

7.      That�s My Boy

8.      Place in the Sun

9.      At War with the Army

10.    Father�s Little Dividend

Other box-office successes (alphabetical order): Alice in Wonderland, All About Eve, Branded, Captain Horatio Hornblower, Francis Goes to the Races, Go for Broke, Halls of Montezuma, Harvey, Here Comes the Groom, Kim, The Lemon Drop Kid, On Moonlight Bay, On the Riviera, Operation Pacific, Royal Wedding, Tales of Hoffmann

 

The Top Movies of 1952

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Greatest Show on Earth ($12.8 million)

2.      Quo Vadis ($10.5 million)

3.      Snows of Kilimanjaro ($6.5 million)

4.      Ivanhoe ($6.3 million)

5.   American in Paris ($4 million)

6.      African Queen

7.      Jumping Jacks

8.      High Noon

9.      Son of Paleface

10.    Singin� in the Rain

11.    Come Back Little Sheba

Other box-office successes of 1952 (alphabetical order): Affair in Trinidad, Bend of the River, Clash by Night, Decision Before Dawn, Detective Story, Just for You, Merry Widow, Miracle of Fatima, Pat and Mike, Quiet Man, Story of Robin Hood, Sudden Fear, With a Song in My Heart

 

The Top Movies of 1953

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Robe ($17.5 million)

2.      This Is Cinerama ($12.5 million)

3.      From Here To Eternity ($12.2 million)

4.      Shane ($8 million)

5.      How To Marry a Millionaire ($7.3 million)

6.      Peter Pan ($6 million)

6       (equal). Hans Christian Andersen

8.   Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ($5.1 million)

9.      Salome ($4,750,000)

10.   Mogambo ($4,688,000)

11.    House of Wax

12.    Moulin Rouge

Other box-office successes (alphabetical order): Bad and the Beautiful, Band Wagon, Bwana Devil, Call Me Madam, Charge at Feather River, Fort Ti, Julius Caesar, Million Dollar Mermaid, Mississippi Gambler, Moon Is Blue, Naked Spur, Niagara, Road to Bali, Roman Holiday, Scared Stiff, Stalag 17, Titanic

 

The Top Movies of 1954

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      White Christmas ($12 million)

2.      Caine Mutiny ($8.7 million)

3.      Glenn Miller Story ($7.6 million)

4.      Seven Brides for Seven Brothers ($6.3 million)

5.      High and the Mighty ($6.1 million)

6.      Rear Window ($5.7 million)

7.   Magnificent Obsession ($5.2 million)

8.      Dragnet ($4,750,000)

9.      Vera Cruz ($4,565,000)

10.    Desiree ($4.5 million)

11.   Egyptian

12.    Three Coins in the Fountain

Other box-office successes (alphabetical order): Apache, Country Girl, Demetrius and the Gladiators, Dial M for Murder, Executive Suite, Hondo, Johnny Guitar, Knights of the Round Table, Knock on Wood, Little Boy Lost, Living It Up, Long Long Trailer, Money from Home, On the Waterfront, Saskatchewan, Susan Slept Here

 

The Top Movies of 1955

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.   Cinerama Holiday ($10 million)

2.      Mister Roberts ($8.5 million)

3.      Battle Cry ($8.1 million)

4.      20,000 Leagues under the Sea ($8 million)

5.   Oklahoma ($7.1 million)

6.      Guys and Dolls ($6.9 million)

7.      Country Girl ($6.5 million)

7       (equal). Lady and the Tramp

9.      Not as a Stranger ($6.2 million)

10.    Star Is Born ($6.1 million)

11.   Strategic Air Command ($6 million)

11     (equal). To Hell and Back

11     (equal). Sea Chase

11     (equal). Seven Year Itch

11     (equal). Tall Men

16.   Blackboard Jungle ($5.2 million)

17.    Man Called Peter ($4,777,000)

18.    To Catch a Thief ($4.5 million)

Other box-office successes (alphabetical order): Barefoot Contessa, Bridges at Toko-Ri, Brigadoon, Carmen Jones, Daddy Long Legs, Far Country, Interrupted Melody, Long Gray Line, Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, Love Me or Leave Me, Man from Laramie, Marty, Sabrina, There�s No Business Like Show Business, White Christmas

 

The Top Movies of 1956

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      King and I ($8.5 million)

2.      Trapeze ($7.3 million)

3.      Picnic ($6.3 million)

3       (equal). War and Peace

5.      I�ll Cry Tomorrow ($6 million)

6.      Eddy Duchin Story ($5.3 million)

7.      Friendly Persuasion ($5.1 million)

8.      Moby Dick ($4.8 million)

9.      Rebel Without a Cause ($4.6 million)

10.   Conqueror ($4.5 million)

11.    Written on the Wind ($4.4 million)

12.    Man in the Grey Flannel Suit ($4,350,000)

13.   Anastasia ($4,309,106)

Other box-office successes (alphabetical order): Away All Boats, Benny Goodman Story, Bhowani Junction, Bus Stop, Carousel, Court Jester, Court Martial of Billy Mitchell, Helen of Troy, High Society, Man Who Knew Too Much, Man with the Golden Arm, Phoenix City Story, Rose Tattoo, Searchers

 

The Top Movies of 1957

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Ten Commandments ($34.2 million)

2.      Around the World in 80 Days ($22 million)

3.      Giant ($12 million)

4.      Seven Wonders of the World ($9.3 million)

5.      Gigi ($6.7 million)

6.   Teahouse of the August Moon ($5.7 million)

7.      Pal Joey ($4.7 million)

7       (equal). Gunfight at the OK Corral

9.      Don�t Go Near the Water ($4.5 million)

Other box-office successes (alphabetical order): Affair to Remember, And God Created Woman, Attack, Bad Seed, Battle Hymn, Delicate Delinquent, Heaven Knows Mr Allison, Island in the Sun, Jailhouse Rock, Jeanne Eagels, Love Me Tender, Lust for Life, Man of a Thousand Faces, Pride and the Passion, Solid Gold Cadillac, Spirit of St Louis, Twelve Angry Men

 

The Top Movies of 1958

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      South Pacific ($16.3 million)

2.      Bridge on the River Kwai ($15 million)

3.      Peyton Place ($11 million)

4.   Sayonara ($10.5 million)

5.      Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ($7.8 million)

6.      No Time for Sergeants ($7.5 million)

7.      Search for Paradise ($6.5 million)

8.      Vikings ($6.3 million)

9.      Raintree County ($6 million)

10.    Old Yeller ($5.9 million)

11.    Young Lions ($4.5 million)

12.    Inn of the Sixth Happiness ($4.4 million)

12     (equal). Some Came Running

Other box-office successes (alphabetical order): Big Country, Farewell to Arms, Fly, God�s Little Acre, Indiscreet, Joker Is Wild, Les Girls, Long Hot Summer, Marjorie Morningstar, Paris Holiday, Sad Sack, Teacher�s Pet, Ten North Frederick, Witness for the Prosecution

 

The Top Movies of 1959

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Auntie Mame ($9.1 million)

2.      Shaggy Dog ($8.1 million)

3.      Pillow Talk ($7.5 million)

4.      Some Like It Hot [figures not available, but approx. $6.9 million]

5.   Imitation of Life ($6.5 million)

5       (equal). North by Northwest

7.      Nun�s Story ($5.8 million)

7       (equal). Rio Bravo

9.   Sleeping Beauty ($5.3 million)

10.    Journey to the Center of the Earth ($4,777,000)

11.    On the Beach ($4,775,000)

12.    Summer Place ($4.7 million)

12     (equal). Hercules

Other box-office successes (alphabetical order): Anatomy of a Murder, Bell Book and Candle, Blue Denim, Defiant Ones, Diary of Anne Frank, Five Pennies, Hole in the Head, Horse Soldiers, House Boat, I Want to Live, Porgy and Bess, Rally Round the Flag Boys, Say One For Me, Separate Tables, Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, This Earth Is Mine

 

The Top Movies of 1960

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Ben-Hur ($36.7 million)

2.   Spartacus ($14 million)

3.   Operation Petticoat ($9.3 million)

4.      Psycho ($9.1 million)

5.   Apartment ($6.7 million)

6.   Suddenly Last Summer ($6.4 million)

7.   Butterfield 8 ($6 million)

8.      Ocean�s Eleven ($5.5 million)

9.      Please Don�t Eat the Daisies ($5.3 million)

10.    From the Terrace ($5.2 million)

10     (equal). Solomon and Sheba

12.    Pepe ($4.8 million)

13.    Elmer Gantry ($4.6 million)

14.    G.I. Blues ($4.3 million)

15.    On the Beach ($4.2 million)

16.    Never on Sunday ($4 million)

Other box-office successes (alphabetical order): Bellboy, Bells Are Ringing, Best of Everything, Can Can, FBI Story, Hell to Eternity, Home from the Hill, It Started with a Kiss, Last Angry Man, Never So Few, Our Man in Havana, Portrait in Black, Rat Race, Sink the Bismarck, Story of Ruth, Strangers When We Meet

 

The Top Movies of 1961

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Guns of Navarone ($13 million)

2.      101 Dalmations ($12.5 million)

3.      Parent Trap ($11.3 million)

4.      Absent Minded Professor ($11.1 million)

5.      Exodus ($8.5 million)

6.      Alamo ($7.9 million)

6       (equal). Swiss Family Robinson

8.      World of Suzie Wong

9.      Blue Hawaii ($4.7 million)

10.    Fanny ($4.5 million)

10     (equal). Return to Peyton Place

12.   Splendor in the Grass ($4.2 million)

Other box-office successes (alphabetical order): Dolce Vita, Grass Is Greener, Midnight Lace, Misfits, North to Alaska, One Eyed Jacks, Parrish

 

The Top Movies of 1962

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      West Side Story ($19.5 million)

2.      El Cid ($12 million)

3.      Lover Come Back ($8.5 million)

4.      That Touch of Mink

5.      Music Man

6.      Hatari

7.      King of Kings

8.      Flower Drum Song

9.      Interns

Other box-office successes (random order): Advise and Consent, Back Street, Bird Man of Alcatraz, Boccaccio 70, Breakfast at Tiffany�s, Comancheros, Come September, Counterfeit Traitor, Hustler, Judgment at Nuremburg, Lolita, Pocketful of Miracles, Road to Hong Kong, Summer and Smoke, Babes in Toyland, Bon Voyage, Boys� Night Out, Chapman Report, Mr Hobbs Takes a Vacation, Two Women

 

The Top Movies of 1963

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.   Cleopatra ($26 million)

2.      Longest Day ($17.6 million)

3.      Tom Jones ($17.2 million)

4.   Lawrence of Arabia ($16.7 million)

5.      How the West Was Won ($12.2 million)

6.      Irma La Douce ($12.1 million)

7.      Mutiny on the Bounty ($9.8 million)

8.      Son of Flubber ($9.1 million)

9.      To Kill a Mockingbird

10.   Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm

11.    Come Blow Your Horn

12.    Great Escape

13.    55 Days at Peking

14.    Birds

15.   Whatever Happened to Baby Jane

16.    Gypsy

17.    Nutty Professor

18.    It�s Only Money

19.   Manchurian Candidate

20.    Thrill of It All

21.    Miracle Worker

22.    Hud

23.    Summer Magic

24.    In Search of the Castaways

25.    Bye Bye Birdie

26.    Gigot

27.    For Love Or Money

28.    Toys in the Attic

29.    David and Lisa

30.   Spencer�s Mountain ($4,750,000)

31.   Diamond Head ($4.5 million)

32.    Days of Wine and Roses ($4.4 million)

33.   Sergeants Three ($4,325,000)

34.    Doctor No

 

The Top Movies of 1964

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      It�s a Mad etc World ($20.8 million)

2.   Carpetbaggers ($15.5 million)

3.      My Fair Lady ($12 million)

4.      From Russia With Love ($9.2 million)

5.      Hard Day�s Night ($5.7 million)

6.   Unsinkable Molly Brown

7.      Charade

8.      Cardinal

9.      Move Over Darling

10.    What a Way To Go

11.    Good Neighbor Sam

12.    Pink Panther

Other box-office successes (alphabetical order): Becket, Best Man, Captain Newman MD, Chalk Garden, Circus World, Dr Strangelove, Fall of the Roman Empire, Four for Texas, Lilies of the Field, Love with the Proper Stranger, McLintock ($4,525,000), Misadventures of Merlin Jones, New Interns, Night of the Iguana ($4,339,000), Prize, Robin and the Seven Hoods ($4.5 million), Send Me No Flowers ($4.5 million), Seven Days in May, Shot in the Dark, Sword in the Stone, Take Her She�s Mine, Under the Yum Yum Tree, VIPs ($4,688,000), Victors, Viva Las Vegas, Wheeler Dealers, Yesterday Today and Tomorrow

 

The Top Movies of 1965

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Sound of Music ($72 million)

2.      Mary Poppins ($31 million)

3.   Goldfinger ($22.5 million)

4.      Great Race ($11 million)

5.      Cat Ballou ($9.3 million)

Other box-office successes (random order): Americanization of Emily, Cheyenne Autumn, Collector, Father Goose, Great Spy Mission, Greatest Story Ever Told, Harlow, Help, How To Murder Your Wife ($5.7 million), Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte, In Harm�s Way, Lilith, Monkey�s Uncle ($4.3 million), Pawnbroker, Sandpiper, Shenandoah, Ship of Fools, Sons of Katie Elder, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Topkapi, Train, Von Ryan�s Express, What�s New Pussycat, Yellow Rolls Royce ($4,668,000), Zorba the Greek ($4.4 million), Cincinnati Kid, Marriage Italian Style, Sex and the Single Girl

 

The Top Movies of 1966

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Doctor Zhivago ($43 million)

2.   Thunderball ($27 million)

3.      Hawaii ($15.6 million)

4.      Bible ($15 million)

5.      Who�s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ($14.5 million)

6.   Russians Are Coming ($9.7 million)

7.      That Darn Cat ($9.5 million)

8.   Professionals ($8.8 million)

Other box-office successes (random order): Agony and the Ecstasy, Arabesque, Battle of the Bulge, Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Born Free, Boy Did I Get a Wrong Number ($4.3 million), Darling, Fantastic Voyage, Harper, Nevada Smith, Our Man Flint, Patch of Blue, Silencers, Singing Nun, Torn Curtain, Trouble with Angels, Ugly Duckling, Walk Don�t Run, Wild Angels, How To Steal a Million ($4.4 million), Texas Across the River ($4,354,000), Lieutenant Robin Crusoe USN

 

The Top Movies of 1967

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Bonnie and Clyde ($22 million)

2.      Dirty Dozen ($20.1 million)

3.      To Sir With Love ($19.1 million)

4.      You Only Live Twice ($18 million)

5.   Thoroughly Modern Millie ($14.7 million)

6.      Sand Pebbles ($13.5 million)

7.      Man for All Seasons ($12.8 million)

8.      Camelot ($12.3 million)

9.      In the Heat of the Night ($10.9 million)

10.    Casino Royale ($10.2 million)

11.    Grand Prix ($9.3 million)

12.   Barefoot in the Park ($9 million)

13.    Georgy Girl

14.    Hombre

 

The Top Movies of 1968

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.   Graduate ($43.1 million)

2.      Guess Who�s Coming To Dinner ($25.5 million)

3.      2001 ($21.5 million)

4.      Valley of the Dolls ($20 million)

4       (equal). Odd Couple

6.      Planet of the Apes ($15 million)

6       (equal). Rosemary�s Baby

8.      Jungle Book ($13 million)

9.      Yours Mine and Ours ($11.5 million)

10.    Green Berets ($9.7 million)

11.    Lion in Winter ($9 million)

12.    Fox ($8.6 million)

 

The Top Movies of 1969

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ($29.2 million)

2.      Funny Girl ($24.9 million)

3.      Love Bug ($21 million)

4.      Bullitt ($19 million)

5.      Easy Rider ($16.9 million)

6.      Oliver ($16.8 million)

7.   Midnight Cowboy ($16.3 million)

8.      Romeo and Juliet ($14.5 million)

8       (equal). Paint Your Wagon

10.    True Grit ($14.3 million)

11.   Goodbye Columbus ($10.5 million)

12.        Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The Top Movies of 1970

A.  Based on initial U.S./Canadian rentals (shown in brackets):

1.      Airport ($44.5 million)

2.   M*A*S*H ($30 million)

3.      Patton ($27 million)

4.      Hello Dolly ($15 million)

5.      Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice ($14.6 million)

6.   Woodstock ($14.5 million)

7.      Tora Tora Tora ($13.7 million)

8.      Catch 22 ($12.3 million)

9.      Cactus Flower ($11.9 million)

10.    Joe ($9.5 million)

11.    Five Easy Pieces ($8.9 million)

11     (equal). On Her Majesty�s Secret Service

13.    Beneath the Planet of the Apes (8.6 million)

14.    Reivers

 

Negative Costs of Selected Movies

Columbia:

Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) $2.9 million

Caine Mutiny (1954) $2.4 million

From Here To Eternity (1953) $2 million

Guns of Navarone (1961) $7 million

Jolson Story (1946) $2.8 million

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) $13 million

Lost Horizon (1937) $2 million

Mr Smith Goes to Washington (1939) $1.5 million

Fox:

Bible (1966) $18 million

Cavalcade (1933) $1.7 million

Cleopatra (1963) $38 million

Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) $1.5 million

Forever Amber (1947) $4 million

How To Marry a Millionaire (1953) $2.5 million

In Old Chicago (1937) $1.8 million

Longest Day (1962) $8.5 million

Rains Came (1939) $2 million

Razor�s Edge (1947) $3.5 million

Robe (1953) $5 million

Seven Year Itch (1955) $2 million

Song of Bernadette (1943) $2.3 million

Song o� My Heart (1930) $1 million

South Pacific (1958) $5 million

M-G-M:

1929     Broadway Melody $400,000

          Hollywood Revue of 1929 $400,000

1930 Anna Christie $400,000

          Min and Bill $300,000

1931 Champ $400,000

          Trader Horn $1.3 million

1932 Grand Hotel $700,000

          Tarzan the Ape Man $600,000

1933      Dancing Lady $900,000

          Queen Christina $1.1 million

          Tugboat Annie $600,000

1935 China Seas $1.1 million

          David Copperfield $1.1 million

          Great Ziegfeld $2.2 million

          Mutiny on the Bounty $1.9 million

1936 Libeled Lady $600,000

          San Francisco $1.3 million

1937 Camille $1.5 million

          Good Earth $2.8 million

1939 Babes in Arms $748,000

          Gone With The Wind $4.2 million

          Wizard of Oz $2,777,000

1940 Little Nellie Kelly $665,300

          Strike Up the Band $838,661

1941 Lady Be Good $863,461

1942 Babes on Broadway $940,069

          Random Harvest $1.5 million

          Panama Hattie $1,097,908

          For Me and My Gal $802,981

1943 Best Foot Forward $1,125,502

          Cabin in the Sky $662,141

          DuBarry Was a Lady $1,239,223

          Girl Crazy $1,410,851

1944 Harvey Girls $2,524,315

          Meet Me in St Louis $1,707,561

          Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo $2.5 million

          National Velvet $1.5 million

1945 Yolanda and the Thief $2,443,322

1946 Ziegfeld Follies $3,403,389

          Harvey Girls $2,524,315

          Yearling $4 million

1947 Till the Clouds Roll By $2,841,608

          Good News $1,662,718

1948 Easter Parade $2,503,654

          Pirate $3,768,496

          Summer Holiday $2,258,235

          Words and Music $2,799,970

1949 Any Number Can Play $1,465,641

          Barkleys of Broadway $2,325,420

          Battleground $1.8 million

          On the Town $2,111,250

          Take Me Out To the Ball Game $1,725,971

1950 Annie Get Your Gun $3,768,785

          Pagan Love Song $1,906,265

1951     American in Paris $2,723,903

          Royal Wedding $1,590,920

          Show Boat $2,295,429

1952 Belle of New York $2,606,644

          Quo Vadis $7 million

          Singin� in the Rain $2,540,800

1953 Band Wagon $2,169,120

1954     Brigadoon $2,352,625

1955 It�s Always Fair Weather $2,062,256

          Kismet $2,692,960

1957 Raintree County $5 million

          Silk Stockings $1,853,463

1958 Gigi $3,319,335

1959 Ben-Hur $15 million

1960 Bells Are Ringing $2,203,123

1961 Light in the Piazza $553,281

1962 How the West Was Won $14 million

          Mutiny on the Bounty $20 million

1965 Doctor Zhivago $15 million

Paramount:

Blue Skies (1946) $3 million

Covered Wagon (1923) $800,000

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) $2.7 million

Going My Way (1944) $1 million

I�m No Angel (1933) $200,000

Lost Weekend (1945) $1.1 million

Psycho (1960) $800,000

Rear Window (1954) $1 million

Samson and Delilah (1949) $3 million

She Done Him Wrong (1933) $200,000

Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936) $600,000

Ten Commandments (1923) $1.6 million

Ten Commandments (1956) $13 million

War and Peace (1956) $5.5 million

R.K.O.:

Best Years of Our Lives (1946) $2.1 million

Cimarron (1930) $1.4 million

Hans Christian Andersen (1952) $4 million

Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) $1.8 million

Joan of Arc (1948) $5 million

Little Women (1933) $400,000

Notorious (1946) $2 million

Ginger Rogers and/or Fred Astaire pictures:

1931 Tip-Off $159,000

          Suicide Fleet $373,000

1932 Carnival Boat $217,000

1933     Professional Sweetheart $122,000

          Flying Down To Rio $462,000

          Chance at Heaven $150,000

1934 Rafter Romance $130,000

          Finishing School $156,000

          Gay Divorcee $520,000

1935     Romance in Manhattan $289,000

          Roberta $610,000

          Star of Midnight $280,000

          Top Hat $609,000

          In Person $493,000

1936 Follow the Fleet $747,000

          Swing Time $886,000

1937 Shall We Dance $991,000

          Stage Door $952,000

          Damsel in Distress $1,035,000

1938     Vivacious Lady $703,000

          Having Wonderful Time $966,000

          Carefree $1,253,000

1939 Story of Vernon and Irene Castle $1,196,000

          Bachelor Mother $509,000

          Fifth Avenue Girl $607,000

1940     Primrose Path $702,000

          Lucky Partners $733,000

1941 Kitty Foyle $738,000

          Tom Dick and Harry $806,000

1942 Once Upon a Honeymoon $1,441,000

1943 Sky�s the Limit $871,000

1944 Tender Comrade $789,000

1946     Heartbeat $1,560,000

United Artists:

Around the World in 80 Days (1956) $6 million

Alamo (1960) $12 million

City Lights (1931) $1.5 million

Dead End (1937) $1 million

From Russia with Love (1963) $2 million

Gold Rush (1925) $700,000

Goldwyn Follies (1938) $2 million

Hawaii (1966) $15 million

Modern Times (1936) $1.5 million

Outlaw (1946) $3 million

Robin Hood (1922) 1.5 million

Rebecca (1940) $1 million

Red River (1948) $3.4 million

Stella Dallas (1926) $500,000

Strike Me Pink (1936) $1.6 million

Stella Dallas (1937) $900,000

Spellbound (1945) $1.5 million

Since You Went Away (1944) $2 million

Thief of Bagdad (1924) $1.8 million

Thunderball (1965) $5.5 million

Tom Jones (1963) $1.1 million

Whoopee (1930) $1.3 million

Way Down East (1920) $1 million

West Side Story (1961) $7 million

Universal:

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) $1.3 million

Magnificent Obsession (1954) $800,000

Spartacus (1960) $12 million

Warner Bros:

Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) $1.9 million

Fighting 69th (1940) $900,000

42nd Street (1933) $400,000

Footlight Parade (1933) $500,000

Giant (1956) $5 million

Great Race (1965) $10 million

Jazz Singer (1927) $500,000

Kid (1921) $500,000

Life of Emile Zola (1937) $700,000

My Fair Lady (1964) $17 million

Mid-Summer Night�s Dream (1935) $1.4 million

Patent Leather Kid (1927) $1 million

Sea Hawk (1924) $800,000

Singing Fool (1928) $500,000

Sergeant York (1941) $1.6 million

Star Is Born (1954) $5 million

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